Saturday, March 19, 2005

Crispy Crunchy Chickpea Salad

I wish I could put an actual recipe here, but I don't have one! We went to the 'Spring Free from Racism' Family Day today which is an annual multicultural event in Regina that coincides with the Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21). For free admission, there are almost continuous dance and musical performances to enjoy and several ethnic food vendors to choose from. We sampled food from several places this year and there were two notable dishes--in addition to the always-great Ethiopian food and fantastic homemade perogies.

One of these awesome foods was from the Chilean table: a sandwich of roast pork and mashed avocado on a homemade bun with verde sauce (basically, finely chopped tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, lime juice...). Delicious!

Another excellent dish was from the Immigrant Women of Regina table. It was called Crispy Crunchy Chickpea Salad. It was so good, I asked the lady where the recipe came from and she said she just made it up--there's no recipe! She said she just tossed a bunch of stuff with lemon juice and a little oil. The salad was topped with a mixture of crunchy stuff that she made herself, and a couple of dressings. So here's what I think the salad was comprised of:

  • chickpeas
  • red onion
  • cilantro
  • potatoes
  • cucumber
  • strawberries (for sure)
  • tomato (maybe)
  • lemon juice
  • oil
  • topped with:

    • crispy crunchy stuff - puffed rice, homemade crackers, crispy noodles...
    • sweet & sour type sauce
    • creamy dressing

I wonder if I could make something that comes close!


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