Disney Recipe: Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Chickpea Cucumber Tomato Salad

What’s your 2017 New Year’s Resolution? If you’re looking to eat healthier foods, we’ve got a treat for you.

In 2015, Disney World’s Animal Kingdom opened a delightful little counter service Market that serves curry sausages, ribs, and other grilled foods. It’s called HARAMBE MARKET. The focus is on the traditional, complex use of herbs and spices in African cuisine.

We’re going to post the recipe for their healthy, refreshing, and unique Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad. Be prepared to hunt down a few exotic ingredients, and give it time to marinate so that the flavors mix and deepen.

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Serves 8 as a side dish or appetizer.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 small jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
1 teaspoon tamarind paste, dissolved in 3 tablespoons of water
1/4 teaspoon chaat masala, optional
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
2 (14.5-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 large tomato, seeds removed, diced
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed, minced

Instructions:
1. Heat oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and jalapeno; cook until garlic is lightly golden. Set aside until mixture is room temperature. Whisk in tamarind paste and chaat masala. Stir in onion. Refrigerate until cold.

2. Add chilled spice mixture to chickpeas, tossing to coat. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Just before serving, add cucumber, tomato and cilantro. Add remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, if desired. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Cook’s notes: Tamarind paste has a distinctive, tart flavor. It can be purchased in Asian and Latin-American grocery stores or online. Chaat masala is a spice blend available in specialty food stores and some grocery stores or online.

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