(POSTED: July 9, 2006)
15 Minute Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad
This high protein, fresh tasting, vegetarian salad is very quick and easy to prepare. In fact it can be made in just 15 minutes from start to finish, and can be kept for a few days in the refrigerator, getting more flavorful as it marinates longer. Using fresh herbs and a small amount extra virgin olive oil makes this a healthier salad than many of those with high fat dressings without losing flavor.
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2/3 cup minced scallion
3 medium cloves garlic, pressed
1 medium ripe tomato, seeds removed and chopped
3 medium ribs celery diced about 1/2 inch pieces
3 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2½ Tbs chopped fresh mint
3 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
extra virgin olive oil to taste
*(optional) ¼ cup feta cheese
1 small head chopped romaine lettuce, outer leaves removed, and discarded
salt & cracked black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients except lettuce and cheese in a bowl and season with salt & pepper to taste.
Serve on bed of chopped romaine lettuce and sprinkle with feta cheese. Serves 4.
Source: The World's Healthiest Foods www.whfoods.org