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Chickpea Tomato Cucumber Olive Salad

Sorry I couldn't come up with a shorter and catchier name but at least the finished result is pleasing enough that I made up a second batch immediately. (OK, so I made the second batch because I had all the ingredients on hand already but I would've wanted more anyhow.)

Came up with this side dish to accompany Chicken Breasts in a Middle Eastern Marinade. The olives really make this dish. I had set aside half for Brian since he didn't like olives, and then I mixed in olives for the other half for myself. Side-by-side taste test found that you really need the olives. Without olives, it's not bad...but it's nothing special either. It tastes kind of like the salad toppings without the greens. But with the olives, it's quite interesting. Yummy. Brian even preferred them with the olives.

Small photo of Chickpea Cucumber Tomato Olive Salad

Chickpea Tomato Cucumber Olive Salad
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tomato
half of a cucumber
5 olives (I used black kalamata olives)
2 tsp olive oil
1.5 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.

  2. Peel the cucumber in alternating stripes lengthwise. Cut cucumber lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut cucumber into slices or bite-size chunks according to your preference.

  3. Chop tomato into chunks.

  4. Remove seeds and chop olive into little pieces.

  5. Mix together chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, olives, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Big photo of Chickpea Cucmber Tomato OliveSalad

Thread in vegrecipes: http://community.livejournal.com/vegrecipes/1615545.html

Cobbled the recipe together by mixing the 2 recipes below.

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1. yum! some of my favorite things!
2. awesome picture.

Thanks! I don't usually like olives but I've been trying to find ways to enjoy them.

Sounds awesome, I'm gonna make this. My husband doesn't like olives either. I can't conceive of it.

I'm also not a big olives fan. But I've been trying to acquire a taste for them. It's starting to work I think. I hope you like this!

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Let me know what you think when you try this recipe :)

I sometimes make something similar - the same ingredients plus couscous, feta cheese, green onions and a little lemon juice. Sometimes I'll add marinated chicken as well, but by then it's much more like a meal than a salad.

mmm....I like your variations! I'll try adding those next time too. Thanks!

That looks gooood! I love chick peas!

Me too...but then I bought too many cans of chick peas so that was one of the motivations for making this recipe. I wanted to use up some of the chickpeas :)

Almost forgot to tell you -- My boyfriend and I found this amazing baker in the greater Boston area. Absolutely the best bread I've ever tasted. And now that I think about it, his loaves look as amazing as your bread looks in your photos. I wish I could try your bread too!

Cool! Glad to hear that you guys have found a good bakery! Thanks for the nice word as well. I'm 4 days in to creating my own sour dough and this weekend I'll bake with it. Gonna be interesting, and there will be pics.

Excellent. I look forward to hearing how that goes. I love seeing your bread photos.

Ohh, this looks and sounds soooo good. Yum. I am definitely making this soon. I love all of these ingredients!

Yum! All I need is to go get some olives, and I'm set! <adds olives to her shopping list>

AngelVixen :-)

Yes. Definitely can't leave the olives out of this one.

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