From an old Bon Appetit...and posted for ZWT #6. This makes a delicious summer lunch or light dinner. As an alternative eat it as a salad instead of stuffing the pitas. Serve with: Romaine salad and bowls of mixed green and black olives.
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 1⁄3 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained (chickpeas)
- 1 1⁄2 cups coarsely chopped seeded tomatoes
- 1 1⁄2 cups coarsely chopped seeded peeled cucumbers
- 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
- 1⁄2 cup chopped red onion
- 1⁄3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 4 whole pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
- plain yogurt
- To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, and spices in medium bowl. Place drained garbanzo beans in large bowl and mix in enough vinaigrette to coat. Let stand 20 minutes or up to several hours to allow flavors to blend.
- Add tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, red onion, and parsley to garbanzo beans. Mix in additional vinaigrette to coat. Season bean salad to taste with salt and pepper. Fill pita halves with bean salad and top with dollop of yogurt. Place 2 pita halves on each of 4 plates; pass remaining vinaigrette separately.
This made for a very flavorful, tasty lunch. I made this recipe exactly as written. I think next time, I would cut back a little on the oil, as I ended up draining a bit of it out at the end. I particularly enjoyed the dollop of Greek yogurt. Don't skip it. I'm looking forward to my leftovers. Made for Photo Tag June 2013.
So this is a recipe from Morocco, huh? I'll have to go for a visit...as it is, I wander around Google Earth quite often. Very good.
I made half the recipe, but with a whole can of garbanzo beans, and substituted shallots for the red onion. LOVED the flavor combinations! Made for Summer Photo Tag 2012.