Chickpea and Vegetable Salad
The inspiration for this salad came one day while I was making hummus. I decided that it would be interesting to make a salad out of the chickpeas rather than pureeing them. The following "deconstructed" hummus salad was born. The flavors come together nicely and get an authentic Middle-Eastern accent from the cumin and cilantro.
1. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Fill large bowl with ice water.
2. In medium skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds, cumin seeds and salt until fragrant, shaking pan occasionally, about 3 minutes. Transfer to small plate and set aside to cool.
3. Add cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, celery and onion to boiling water and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain, plunge into ice water and drain well.
4. In large serving bowl, combine cooked vegetables, toasted seeds, chickpeas, bell pepper, scallions and cilantro. Add dressing and toss to coat.