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Chickpeas, Grilled Broccoli and Asparagus With Popped Chilli Grapes and Bagel Croutons

by , featured in Savour: Salads For All Seasons
Published by Jacqui Small
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Introduction

Chickpeas are incredibly easy to cook from dried but you will need to soak them overnight in water and baking soda before cooking them, so if time isn't on your side you can resort to canned ones. I used broccoli and asparagus in this dish because they were in season when we shot the photograph, but you can also use sweetcorn, pumpkin, carrots, aubergine (eggplant) or other vegetables instead. The bagel croutons add a lovely chewiness and crunch to the salad, so if you're gluten intolerant, use gluten-free bread rather than leave them out. This salad can be served as a first course, or as part of a meal.

Chickpeas are incredibly easy to cook from dried but you will need to soak them overnight in water and baking soda before cooking them, so if time isn't on your side you can resort to canned ones. I used broccoli and asparagus in this dish because they were in season when we shot the photograph, but you can also use sweetcorn, pumpkin, carrots, aubergine (eggplant) or other vegetables instead. The bagel croutons add a lovely chewiness and crunch to the salad, so if you're gluten intolerant, use gluten-free bread rather than leave them out. This salad can be served as a first course, or as part of a meal.

Ingredients

Serves: 6 as a starter

Metric Cups
  • 175 grams dried chickpeas
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 bay leaf (or use a few fresh thyme, oregano or rosemary sprigs)
  • 85 millilitres Greek yoghurt
  • 2 bagels , slightly stale (or use 3 slices of bread, cut into 2cm/¾in. squares)
  • 7 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 200 grams black and green grapes
  • ½ medium-heat red chilli , finely chopped, including the seeds (more or less to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons verjuice (or use 2 tbsp cider vinegar plus 1 tbsp water)
  • 250 grams broccoli (about 1 head)
  • 600 grams fresh green asparagus (about 300g/10½ oz. trimmed weight, see method)
  • 1 small handful watercress (or mache or rocket) leaves
  • 20 mint leaves (torn)
  • 6 ounces dried garbanzo beans
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 bay leaf (or use a few fresh thyme, oregano or rosemary sprigs)
  • ⅓ cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 bagels , slightly stale (or use 3 slices of bread, cut into 2cm/¾in. squares)
  • 7 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups black and green grapes
  • ½ medium-heat red chile , finely chopped, including the seeds (more or less to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons verjuice (or use 2 tbsp cider vinegar plus 1 tbsp water)
  • 9 ounces broccoli (about 1 head)
  • 21 ounces fresh green asparagus (about 300g/10½ oz. trimmed weight, see method)
  • 1 small handful watercress (or mache or rocket) leaves
  • 20 mint leaves (torn)

Method

Chickpeas, Grilled Broccoli and Asparagus With Popped Chilli Grapes and Bagel Croutons is a guest recipe by Peter Gordon so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe

  1. First cook the chickpeas, which you'll need to begin the day before. Put them into a large bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and cover with 1 litre (4 1/4 cups) of cold water. Cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave for 12 hours to rehydrate. Drain and rinse well under cold water. Place in a medium pan and pour over 1 litre (4 1/4 cups) of water, then slowly bring to the boil and skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to a gentle boil, skim off any more foam, then add the bay leaf and cook for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the chickpeas. Make sure that they remain covered by at least 1cm (1/2 in.) of water. To test if they're cooked, try one after 30 minutes. Drain into a colander and briefly rinse under cold water. Drain again, then place in a bowl with the yogurt. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and some freshly milled black pepper and mix it all together.
  2. To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 160C (325F/Gas mark 3). Cut the bagels into slices 5mm (1/4 in.) thick, toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and lay on a baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, turning the slices over after 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  3. To pop the grapes, put them in a medium pan with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and place over a medium heat. Cook until they begin to blister, stirring them gently as they heat up. Once most have popped their skins a little, add the chilli and verjus and 2 pinches of salt. Bring to the boil, then put a lid on the pan, turn off the heat and leave to cool down.
  4. Cut the broccoli into florets, keeping as much stalk intact as possible. Blanch for no more than a minute in lightly salted boiling water. Drain, refresh in iced water and drain again. Place in a bowl.
  5. To prepare the asparagus, snap the stalk ends off where they naturally break - this will be where the fibrous and woody part starts. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the lower 5cm (2in.) of peel. Mix the asparagus with the blanched broccoli and toss with 2 teaspoons of the oil.
  6. Place a heavy-based frying pan (skillet) over a high heat and cook the asparagus and broccoli until coloured, turning them as they cook, then remove to a plate to cool. Slice the asparagus spears in half on an angle.
  7. To serve, place the salad leaves on your plates and lay the broccoli and asparagus on top. Stir the mint into the chickpeas, then spoon these on. Scatter with the croutons and spoon on the grapes and their juices.
  1. First cook the garbanzo beans, which you'll need to begin the day before. Put them into a large bowl with the baking soda and cover with 1 litre (4 1/4 cups) of cold water. Cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave for 12 hours to rehydrate. Drain and rinse well under cold water. Place in a medium pan and pour over 1 litre (4 1/4 cups) of water, then slowly bring to the boil and skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to a gentle boil, skim off any more foam, then add the bay leaf and cook for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the garbanzo beans. Make sure that they remain covered by at least 1cm (1/2 in.) of water. To test if they're cooked, try one after 30 minutes. Drain into a colander and briefly rinse under cold water. Drain again, then place in a bowl with the yogurt. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and some freshly milled black pepper and mix it all together.
  2. To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 160C (325F/Gas mark 3). Cut the bagels into slices 5mm (1/4 in.) thick, toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and lay on a baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, turning the slices over after 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  3. To pop the grapes, put them in a medium pan with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and place over a medium heat. Cook until they begin to blister, stirring them gently as they heat up. Once most have popped their skins a little, add the chilli and verjus and 2 pinches of salt. Bring to the boil, then put a lid on the pan, turn off the heat and leave to cool down.
  4. Cut the broccoli into florets, keeping as much stalk intact as possible. Blanch for no more than a minute in lightly salted boiling water. Drain, refresh in iced water and drain again. Place in a bowl.
  5. To prepare the asparagus, snap the stalk ends off where they naturally break - this will be where the fibrous and woody part starts. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the lower 5cm (2in.) of peel. Mix the asparagus with the blanched broccoli and toss with 2 teaspoons of the oil.
  6. Place a heavy-based frying pan (skillet) over a high heat and cook the asparagus and broccoli until coloured, turning them as they cook, then remove to a plate to cool. Slice the asparagus spears in half on an angle.
  7. To serve, place the salad leaves on your plates and lay the broccoli and asparagus on top. Stir the mint into the garbanzo beans, then spoon these on. Scatter with the croutons and spoon on the grapes and their juices.

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