This salad reeks (in a good way) of warm summer evenings in Sunnyvale, when my mom would come up to my room and treat me to this bright salad. You can say that I’m missing those days (I’m due for a visit back home this weekend). It’s extremely cold in San Francisco and I’m in dire need of warmer socks, gloves, and possibly another cute scarf.
I woke up a little earlier than usual today to a rain free day. And, I’m recovering from a cold, so I was in a good mood and in high spirits. I’ve actually been wanting to make this salad forever, and this morning felt like the perfect time. This salad is unbelievably healthy, light, and so so so easy to put together. The garbanzo beans add a super creamy texture and the entire thing is dressed with just lemon juice and a couple of spices. So here goes:
- 4 small Persian cucumbers, peeled and diced
- 1 Asian pear, diced (you can also use a regular apple, like my Mom does)
- Pomegranate seeds from 1 pomegranate
- Half a Roma tomato, diced
- 1 can of organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well
- juice from half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon of Chat Masala (You can find this at an Indian Grocery store; it's a mixture of amchoor, cumin, coriander, dried ginger, salt, black pepper, asafoetida and chili powder)
- 1 teaspoon of roasted cumin, crushed with your hands
- Salt to taste (I added about a teaspoon)
- All you have to do is dice everything (except the garbanzo beans and pomegranate seeds) pretty small and place in a bowl.
- Roast the cumin over high heat in a small saucepan; this should take about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and let cool.
- Dress the garbanzo beans, fruit, and vegetables with the juice from half a lemon, add the chat masala, salt, and crushed cumin (crush with the palm of your hands). Toss everything together and adjust seasonings if needed.
- This salad can be stored at room temperature for a day or in the fridge for a couple of days. The flavors only get better with time!
add some finely chopped scallions
if you don't like garbanzo beans, use quinoa or kidney beans
chopped mint would be fantastic if you're into minty flavors