Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Chickpea, Carrot & Currant Salad

So after all the soups and potato bakes and cupcakes, it was time for something a little lighter (and healthier), right? Right? And since I didn't have a lot of time to prepare a meal before our weekly dance lesson (yes, TheHusband and I are taking ballroom lessons and enjoying it a lot!), a quick salad fit the bill perfectly. The folks over at Fitsugar provided the recipe (adapted slightly by yours truly), and we provided the eager hungry tummies. It works out well, you see?

Chickpea, Carrot & Currant Salad

Serves 2 hungry people (with enough leftovers for lunch today)

2 tins of chickpeas, rinsed
2 large (or 3 medium) carrots, grated
3/4 cup currants
1/4 cup fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper to taste
240g (8 oz) halloumi, cut into cubes
flour for coating
1. Mix chickpeas with the carrots and currants in a salad bowl. Add fresh coriander, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, paprika, salt & pepper and let rest for the flavours to mingle. Preferably an hour, but we gobbled it up in 10 minutes and it still tasted good.
2. Now heat some oil in a frying pan. Coat halloumi in flour, and fry over medium heat until golden brown.
3. Serve salad scattered with fried halloumi cubes.
Salad will keep in the fridge for a few days (without the halloumi).

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 644.6 Total Fat 30.9 g Saturated Fat 2.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat 2.2 g Monounsaturated Fat 10.5 g Cholesterol 0.0 mg Sodium 573.7 mg Potassium 601.9 mg Total Carbohydrate 70.2 g Dietary Fiber 10.8 g Sugars 21.3 g Protein 22.8 g

Good source of:  Manganese 59.1 %, Vitamin B6 46.0 %, Vitamin A 35.4 %, Folate 34.1 %, Vitamin C 27.9 %


Sherri on August 04, 2009 6:45 pm said...

Hi again! Seems we've joined the same swap again! Fun! I have a question: what is halloumi? The recipe looks delicious!

Marisa on August 05, 2009 8:38 am said...

Hi Sherri

Good to "see" you again! ;-)

Halloumi is a white semi-hard cheese of Greek origin usually made of goats or sheep milk. It's texture is quite springy and it stands up to frying, becoming crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside. Perhaps you'll be able to find it at a deli.

Marisa on August 05, 2009 8:39 am said...

I forgot to add - if you can't find it, you could use feta and it would be just as delicious.

Jane-Anne on August 05, 2009 11:02 am said...

This salad looks delicious. I love chickpeas. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your very kind comments. Juno.

Marisa on August 05, 2009 11:10 am said...

:-) Chickpeas are awesome aren't they? My second favourite legume (after red kidney beans).

Homemade Heaven on August 05, 2009 11:31 am said...

Thanks for the visits. I had a problem with my pictures, I have to re-load them, per entry.
You asked about the artichokes, when they are in season you can normally find them at Fruit and Veg (the Food Lovers Market @ Willowbridge).
You might find them at the Slow Food Market in Stellenbosch, but only in season (Sept - Nov).

Marisa on August 05, 2009 11:38 am said...

Thanks Rose&Thorn!

I'll have a look there. I didn't take into account the limited season, perhaps that's why I never can seem to find them... Mind you, I seem to recall having seen them once at the Fruit & Veg in Willowbridge.

Shaheen on September 09, 2009 9:35 pm said...

Hello There my first time here. And I am quite liking it, especially this recipe. I like halloumi and I love chickpeas. I am loving it so much that I am going to store it in the back of my head to make sometime. Thanks

Marisa on September 09, 2009 9:48 pm said...

Thanks & welcome Mangocheeks! Always nice to meet a fellow blogger.

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