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Warm Sprout Salad with Crispy Chickpeas & Halloumi


Warm Sprout Salad with Crispy Chickpeas & Herby Dressing

I am a sucker for a crispy chickpea, they make a delicious crouton type alternative for the gluten free among us and they are also incredibly easy. Having said this, they do need to be done well and there are a couple of essential points in order to achieve this...


1. Dry them thoroughly. Particularly relevant if the chickpeas are coming from a can. Any moisture left on the chickpea will immediately downgrade the level of crispy-ness (it's a faff, but it's worth it).


2. Eat whilst hot. I'm afraid I haven't found any technique for keeping chickpeas crispy in the fridge. Any tips are welcome, I would love to be proved wrong.


Mint, Parsley and Garlic Dressing

Serves 2

Approximately 1 hour prep and cook time

Vegetarian

Easily made vegan by losing the halloumi, it's pretty tasty regardless however you could also add some crispy fried tempeh/tofu if you fancy.


Ingredients

For the salad..

1 x 400g chickpeas, rinsed and dried

1 tbsp olive oil, plus a little more for frying

2 tsp paprika

Seasoning

300g spouts, halved

100g rocket

100g halloumi, sliced into 4 pieces


For the dressing..

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp parlsey, finely chopped

1 tbsp mint, finely chopped

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

Seasoning to taste


Crispy Paprika Chickpeas

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan). Place the dried chickpeas in a roasting tin, large enough to spread the chickpeas in a single layer. Coat in 1 tbsp olive oil, the paprika and some seasoning. Roast for 30 minutes until golden and crispy (you may like to shake a few times as they cook).


2. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients and mixing well.


3. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan before adding the sliced halloumi. Cook for 2 minutes each side until golden.


4. Steam the sprouts to coincide with the chickpeas and halloumi. They should take 3-4 minutes until cooked but still with bite.


5. Divide the rocket between two plates before adding the cooked sprouts, crispy chickpeas and halloumi. Drizzle half the dressing over each plate.


Warm Sprout Salad with Crispy Chickpeas & Halloumi

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