Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Two Summer Salads: Chick Peas, Radishes, Cucumber

Oh, lovely heat. My basil died because I forgot to water it for 1 day, but that's ok, I'm not the biggest basil fan, anyway :)

I'm starting to think that I can't cook without using fresh thyme, it's a sickness, really - most things don't seem complete without it.

I've been eating a lot of garbanzo beans, lately. I'm generally not all that much in love with beans, aside from green beans, but, for some reason, I love my garbanzos. They're great with a little dressing of ranch and chopped jalapenos, but here's a salad that's got more than 3 ingredients:

Chick Pea Salad

1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)(385)
2 roma tomatoes, diced (36)
1/2 cup black olives, halved, about 90 g. (150)
1/4 c. chopped vidalia onion, about 45g. (19)
1 TB. mayonnaise (100)
1 tsp. lemon juice (3)
zest of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (3)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 TB. fresh chopped basil (1)

Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pour over the rest of the ingredients and toss to coat.

Makes 4 servings, 174.25 calories per serving.

Cucumber Radish Salad

10-12 med. radishes, about 220g., sliced (36)
1/3 lg. vidalia onion, about 75g., chopped (32)
1 med. English cucumber, about 325g., sliced (50)
1 TB. fresh lemon juice (3)
1 TB. olive oil (120)
1 TB. balsamic vinegar (10)
leaves from 3 sprigs fresh thyme, about 2 tsp. (2)
salt and pepper to taste

Combine and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Serves 4, 63.25 calories per serving.

This salad was really, really good, but I don't recommend making it a day ahead - the vegetables lose a bit of their crunch, and the radishes bleed into the rest of the ingredients, as you can see by the picture. This is best served within several hours of making.


Anonymous said...

Man, I wish you'd make stuff that yummy when I'm over there. I'd pay you, even. ;P

From your SISTER, who is too lazy to register.

Kalyn said...

Tell your sister she doesn't have to register. If she selects "other" instead of anonymous she can leave her name!

Now that we've gotten that clear, both these salads look great! I once took a class in Chinese cooking and we made something similar to the cucumber-radish salad with lots and lots of garlic and soy sauce drizzled over.

Kalyn said...

Erin, I sent a message to your g-mail account about a Utah Bloggers Conference. I'm going to go. I just posted about it on my blog.

Michele said...

Both salads look delicious! By the way I tagged you for a meme, drop by my blog for info :)

MEM said...

Nice looking radish salad! If only I liked radishes more often...sometimes, about once a year, they scratch that one itchy taste bud that likes them. The rest of the time...they get vetoed by the other taste bud guys.

By the way, I stole your Janette Barber quote because it's scarily, unfunnily accurate. Thanks!

Joe said...

Hope to see you posting again soon!

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