Warm Chickpea Salad with Spiced Mushrooms

  • Yield servings

This entrée salad was inspired by Middle-Eastern cuisine, where beans, yogurt, and mint are widely used.

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Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
10 oz. button mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red chile, seeded and chopped
14-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons ground cumin
juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup Greek or thick plain yogurt
a large handful of mint, freshly chopped
8 oz. baby spinach
salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt, and cook until softened. Reduce the heat, then add the garlic, chile, and chickpeas. Fry for 2 minutes, then add the cumin and half the lemon juice. Cook until the juices in the skillet evaporate, then set aside.
  2. Put the yogurt in a bowl, then add the chopped mint and the remaining lemon juice and oil. Add salt and pepper and mix until blended. Divide the spinach between 4 plates, add the chickpea and mushroom mixture, then pour the yogurt dressing over the top and serve.

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