Chickpea Mozzarella Salad

by angelika on July 22, 2011

Sometimes leftovers make the most deliciously surprising meal. That’s how it went here tonight. We had several containers of fresh mozzarella left over from our last party, and lots of cherry tomatoes too. What I did not have was basil- which is my usual go to with mozzarella and tomato. I did, however, have cilantro and mint, so I gave it a whirl. I also wanted more protein in my salad than just the cheese, since this was my light supper. Chickpeas from the freezer seemed like the perfect addition. What I ended up with, is a fabulously fresh tasting Mediterranean fusion salad. Both hinting of the Mediterranean Europe as well as a touch of the Middle East. 
Chickpea Mozzarella Salad
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1 cup diced fresh mozzarella
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
1/8 cup mint, minced
3 scallions, sliced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1 romaine heart, chopped
serves 2 as dinner or 4 as a side
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except the romaine lettuce. Salt and pepper on the liberal side.  I feel like the cheese really absorbs the salt. Let the mixture sit for a bit. 10 minutes is good. Longer is also fine. You just want to give the ingredients time to marinate a bit in their juices and combine. When you are ready to serve place a bed of romaine on a dish and scoop the cheese and chickpea mixture into the center. There is enough dressing on the chickpea mozzarella salad to dress the romaine as well. Stir and enjoy!
A votre santé!

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Anonymous March 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Hi…I would love to make this salad. However, I have just basil. Can I just use the basil instead of the cilantro and mint? Also, can this recipe be doubled? Would really appreciate your help. Thanks.

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Angelika March 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hi,

You can definitely sub basil, that would be excellent! You can always double the recipe, but the lettuce won't keep long dressed, put the bean mixture on the lettuce right before you serve it.

Angelika

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