Fresh Garbanzo Salad

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Have you ever seen fresh garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in their shell?

I hadn’t, until one day a couple of weeks ago when I found these at my local market. Being naturally curious about new and unusual foods, I had to buy them and take them home.  After all, garbanzos are a wonderful legume, very nutritious and useful for many different types of cuisine.

How do you cook fresh garbanzo beans?  Chatting with the green grocer at the market I learned you can steam them either in their shell, or shell them first.  I decided to steam them in the shell in order to make them easier to peel.  First, I rinsed them in a colander.  Next,  I placed them in a small saucepan with about 1/2″ of water, covered the pan, and turned up the heat.  I let them steam for about 15 minutes and when they were done, placed them back in the colander.  Once they were cool enough to handle, I peeled them just like fresh peas, and placed the delicate pale green beans in a small bowl for my simple salad.

The dressing? A drizzle of olive oil, a little lemon juice, salt and pepper and a dash of cayenne.  Simple and delicious.  What could be better on an early spring afternoon?

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5 Comments

  1. KT on May 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Sounds simple (even for me) and delicious!

  2. Jessie on June 4, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Hi there! I really like your recipes, so I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check my latest blog post for the details on the award and how to participate!

    • secondactkitchen.com on June 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Jessie – Thank you so much! I really enjoy reading your blog and appreciate the nomination. I look forward to participating and will post soon about the award. Thanks again!!

  3. thepersonalblogs on June 5, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I’ve never seen them fresh in their shell before. Looks better than the tinned version!

    • secondactkitchen.com on June 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      If you can find them at the market, they really are delicious! Much more delicate than the ones you buy in the can.

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