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Summer chickpea salad

This is one of my ye ole favourites when it comes to making a dish for a braai / BBQ.
It’s such a winner, easy and quick to make, plus it’s healthy and good for you.
Win win situation people.

Summer chickpea salad
by Jamie Oliver

Serves 4

1 small red onion, peeled
1–2 fresh red chillies, deseeded
2 handfuls of ripe red or yellow tomatoes
2 lemons
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 x 410g jar or tin of chickpeas, drained, or around
4 large handfuls of soaked and cooked chickpeas
A handful of fresh mint, coriander and basil, chopped
200g/7oz feta cheese

First of all, finely slice your red onion. Once that’s done, finely slice your chillies then
roughly chop your tomatoes, mixing them in with the onion and chillies. Scrape all of this,
and the juice, into a bowl and dress with the juice of 1½ lemons and about 3 times as
much good extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste. Heat the chickpeas in a pan, then add
90% of them to the bowl. Mush up the remaining chickpeas and add these as well –
they will give a nice creamy consistency. Allow to marinate for a little while and serve
at room temperature.

Just as you’re ready to serve, give the salad a final dress with the fresh herbs. Taste one
last time for seasoning – you may want to add the juice from your remaining lemon half at
this point. Place on a nice serving dish and crumble over the feta cheese.

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