Today’s salad feature is Antipasti Salad with Chickpeas. Wonderful fresh vegetables mix it up with marinated artichoke hearts, olives, chickpeas and Parmigiano-Reggiano to create fantastic starter salad or light meal. Additionally, today’s feature includes a quick and easy dressing. Healthy and joyous eating!
Antipasti Salad with Chickpeas (Recipe courtesy Food Network Kitchens)
- ¼ medium red onion, minced
- ½ medium fennel bulb, trimmed and cored
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 4 jarred roasted sweet red peppers, chopped
- 1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, and quartered, if whole
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- ¼ cup Kalamata olives, pitted (about 2 ounces)
- ½ to 1 cup freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 1 small garlic clove, peeled
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the salad: To mellow the minced onion, soak it in cold water for 10 minutes, then drain well, pat dry, and put in a serving bowl.
Meanwhile, make the dressing: Smash the garlic clove, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and, with the side of a large knife, mash and smear the mixture to a coarse paste. Put the paste in a bowl and add the orange zest, vinegar, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper, to taste. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream to make a smooth, slightly thick dressing.
Using a handheld mandoline or a knife, cut the fennel lengthwise into long, thin slices. Add to the onion and toss with the chickpeas, peppers, artichoke hearts, arugula, parsley, and dressing. Scatter the olives and shave the Parmigiano-Reggiano over the top. Serving yield = 4 to 6 servings.
Shops mart: Baby arugula has smaller, more tender leaves and a slightly less peppery and assertive flavor than "grown-up" arugula.
Know-How: Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings are a simple way to add texture, taste, and eye appeal to salads. To make them, hold the cheese firmly in 1 hand and run a vegetable peeler firmly across the longest edge of the cheese to peel off long, thin strips.