Question. Do you say ‘chickpea’ or ‘garbanzo bean’?
I grew up using ‘garbanzo bean’ but now I say “chickpea”. Kind of like how I started calling pop “soda” somewhere in my twenties. Probably because ‘chickpea’ sounds delicate and fancy. (Yes, I’m strange.)
How ever you say it, chickpeas/garbanzo beans are delicious. Buttery, rich and full of protein and fiber, they are a nutritional powerhouse. And they couldn’t be easier to prepare. I personally opt for the can, but you can also find them dried in the bulk section of your supermarket.
(Did I also mention they are cheap?)
This simple chickpea and cucumber salad is a beautiful balance between the richness of the chickpea and the crisp freshness of the cucumber. Serve it as an accompaniment to a piece of grilled chicken or fish for a light, healthy meal.
Modified from Real Simple, June 2012