|sprinkle some sumac on the plate for a nice contrast|
Monday, February 14, 2011
Lemony Chicken & Chickpea Salad with Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes and Sumac
Sumac is a spice that comes from the countries around the Mediterranean, notably southern Italy and the Middle East. Widely used in Middle Eastern cuisine, ground sumac seeds are used to flavour barbecued or grilled kebabs, salads, yoghurt dips, and hummus. Sumac is quite lemony and almost nips your tongue slightly when you taste it. I used to buy zataar bread when I lived in Saudi Arabia. Sumac is an important ingredient of zataar, along with thyme, oregano, marjoram, toasted sesame seeds and salt. Dip zataar bread in fresh yoghurt and you are in heaven! I recently found sumac at the supermarket and basically grabbed it off the shelf before it disappeared :) Now I let it shine in a variety of dishes - from snacks and dips to main courses.
Apart from being an amazing and healthy lunch, Lemony Chicken and Chickpea salad with avocado, cherry tomatoes and sumac is also very easy to make.
Type of cuisine: Fusion/Middle Eastern/low-fat
Time: 3 hours for the marinade and 25 minutes for preparation, grilling & presentation
Difficulty: very easy
Ingredients for Chickpea salad
a can of boiled chickpeas
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 avocado, cut into small cubes
1 small red onion or spring onions, finely chopped
parsley or fresh coriander, finely chopped
chives (for decoration) - optional
1 tsp sumac
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 chicken breasts
rind of 1 lemon
rind of 1 lime
the juice from a large slice of lemon
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp of honey
Cut the chicken breast into thin slices and use a hammer to flatten them. Combine the chicken strips with the lemon and lime rind, the lemon juice, honey and coriander. Marinate for a couple of hours.
To make the salad, mix the chickpeas, onion, parsley/coriander, avocado and cherry tomatoes.
Season with sumac, salt (I used Camargue salt), lemon juice, and olive oil.
Decorate with chopped chives, cut Asian style.
Grill the chicken on both sides, put it on top of the chickpea salad and that's it! Loved it.