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Chopped Salad with Fried Garbanzo Beans

Posted By Sweet Pea On February 22, 2011 @ 8:21 am In Cooking | 12 Comments

Chopped Salad with Fried Garbanzo Beans

adapted from Oprah magazine


3/4 cup olive oil , divided

1 cup canned garbanzo beans , rinsed and drained

1 tsp. kosher salt , divided

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper , divided

1/8 tsp. chili powder

4 slices (1/4 pound) bacon

3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/4 tsp. fresh basil

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1 clove garlic , finely chopped

1 small shallot , finely chopped

12 cherry tomatoes , halved

1 cucumber , preferably English, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 bag mixed baby greens

1/2 cup small feta cheese cubes


Heat 6 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add garbanzo beans and fry, stirring often, until crisp and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and chili powder; set aside.

Carefully discard oil in skillet and wipe clean. Return skillet to medium heat, add bacon, and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, basil, oregano, garlic, shallot, and remaining 6 tablespoons oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to make a dressing. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and cheese, tossing gently to combine. Transfer to bowls, garnish with bacon and garbanzo beans, and serve.

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