Indian Chickpea and Pomegranate Salad
A brand-new way to use this wonderful, tart-sweet fruit. The pomegranate seeds are combined exquisitely with chickpeas and an Indian-style mint and yogurt dressing. A valuable addition to any vegan lunchbox!
|For the salad:|
|1.5 cm (½ inch) piece||fresh root ginger|
|400g||can of chickpeas|
|25g (scant 1oz)||pine nuts|
|For the dressing:|
|1 tbsp||soy yogurt, or other plant-based yogurt|
|1 tbsp||chopped mint leaves|
|½ tsp||sea salt|
|A pinch||freshly ground white pepper|
|A pinch||ground cumin|
|½ tsp||garam masala|
1. To make the salad, trim the spring onion and slice into fine rings. Remove the seeds from the pepper, then cut into thin strips. Peel and finely chop the onion and ginger. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate. Tip the chickpeas into a sieve and rinse with cold water before leaving to drain. Put all the prepared ingredients into a bowl.
2. For the dressing, mix together the yogurt, mint, salt, pepper, cumin, garam masala, and sugar. Add the dressing to the salad in the bowl and carefully mix together. Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan until golden brown. Pack up the salad and pine nuts separately to take with you, or just combine them ahead of time.