My friend Jessica’s new book is here, and I’m so excited for her! The Pretty Dish is bursting with 150 colorful, flavor-packed recipes in Jessica’s true How Sweet Eats style, and all of them can be made in under 60 minutes. Well, slow cooker recipes excluded. Plus, she included 50 beauty DIY recipes. Homemade bath melts? I’m into that.
Jessica is as bubbly, witty and adorably self-deprecating in person as she is in writing. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and the book’s cover is the most perfect representation of her colorful personality and the vibrant recipes inside.
I was drawn to this chickpea recipe because it’s so simple and reminds me of some of my favorite deli salads. These marinated chickpeas with feta and basil are spicy and garlicky.
They’re a little sweet, too, thanks to the roasted red peppers and a touch of honey. They strike an irresistible balance between the two, and I could not stop going back for more.
If spicy and garlicky aren’t your thing, you can decrease the amount of red pepper flakes and garlic. As a spice-lover, though, I think she has struck the perfect balance. Don’t plan on eating this salad before a hot date, garlic breath!
Jessica says that this recipe is delicious the minute you mix it all together (it’s true; I was tempted to eat it all right then). However, if you let the mixture chill for at least 30 minutes, the flavors mingle and you end up with an even tastier dish.
The only change I made to Jessica’s recipe is that I went ahead and doubled it, because you’re definitely going to want more of it. The amounts offered below yield the amount you see in the photos here.
Be sure to check out a copy of Jessica’s new book, The Pretty Dish! And please let us know in the comments how you like these chickpeas.
Jessica’s Marinated Chickpeas
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes (plus 30 minute optional marinating time)
- Yield: 6 side servings
- Category: Salad
- Method: Marinated
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
These marinated chickpeas are a little spicy, a little sweet, and totally irresistible. This recipe as great on its own as a light meal or appetizer, or served on salads or inside pitas. Recipe yields about 6 side servings.
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 3 cups cooked chickpeas
- ⅔ cup chopped roasted red peppers (I used most of a 12-ounce jar)
- ⅔ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ½ cup chopped fresh basil
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey
- 4 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (scale back significantly if sensitive to spice)
- In a medium serving bowl, combine the chickpeas, red peppers, feta and basil.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Pour the dressing over the chickpeas and stir. Cover the bowl and stick it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, for best flavor. The salad keeps for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Recipe from The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant. I doubled it.
Make it dairy free: I think you could replace the feta with sliced Kalamata olives and/or sliced pepperoncini peppers, to taste. They won’t make up for the creaminess of the feta, though.
Change it up: Jessica suggests that you can substitute cannellini or great Northern beans for the chickpeas.