This Warm Chickpea Salad is great on its own as an appetizer, or as a side dish with meat or fish. I have even used it as a sauce for spaghetti, and as a... topper for toasted whole-wheat baguette slices. Every which way, it’s good. Cooked tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been linked to risk reduction for prostate cancer (AICR), and chickpeas are nutritious little powerhouses, rich in phytonutrients, minerals and the fiber that we all need to keep our systems healthy. If you can, try this recipe with homecooked chickpeas. If you are using canned chickpeas make sure to rinse them off to get rid of extra sodium.
Heat the olive oil over a medium high heat in a sauté pan or large frying pan. Add the red pepper and the garlic. Cook until the garlic starts to turn golden, then add the shallots. Cook until the shallots have softened and started to take color, about 8 minutes. They should not be burned, just golden.
Add the cherry tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes are soft, and have started to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Add a little of the reserved chickpea stock as you cook to keep the pan moist.
Add the drained chickpeas, Parmesan cheese, if using, and stock or broth. Mix well and cook until the sauce looks syrupy and the chickpeas are warmed through. Add the chopped herbs. Mix well, cooking for another minute. Stir in lemon juice and season to taste. Serve warm.
If you’re into making your chickpeas from scratch, for an even more delicious salad, try our recipe. It makes roughly the same amount as the 2 cans.