This salad seems to be the essence of spring. It’s light and fresh. Colorful. Za’atar (pronounced zah-tar) is a Middle Eastern spice mixture that is mostly thyme with oregano, marjoram, sesame seeds and some other spices. You can find it at most grocery stores, but I recommend buying it at a local Middle Eastern market.

Za’atar Roasted Chickpea Salad [Vegan]

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Serves

4

Cooking Time

30

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Ingredients

  • 1-15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons Za’atar spice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Toss the chickpeas with the Za’atar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Bake for 8 minutes, toss and bake for 8 more minutes.
  3. While the chickpeas are in the oven, prepare the cucumber, tomato and lemon juice. Mix them in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. When the chickpeas are cooled, add them to the veggies and toss together.
  5. Taste for seasoning, add more salt, pepper or lemon juice as needed.
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