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Chickpea Kabocha "Limitless" Salad

Total Time: 40 Min Servings: 2-3

Posted by Lily

I made this for three straight weeks and ate it for at least one meal, pretty much every day. It’s a variation on a Smitten Kitchen recipe (that’s a variation on a variation) and it is good immediately after making it warm, the next day cold, two days later… tossed with arugula…or pasta…or both…limitless salad!

For salad:

1 medium kabocha squash (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into little chunks (sort of up to you, mine are about 1-2”)
1 garlic clove, minced (1-2 medium sized ones)
1/2 teaspoons ground allspice (not necessary so no fear if you don’t have it/don’t like it…but I really liked it in this)
2 tablespoons olive oil
dash of salt (or to taste)
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 of a medium red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

For dressing:
1 medium garlic clove, finely minced
pinch of salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
olive oil – water and oil will be in equal parts depending on how thick/thin you like your dressing.

Preheat the oven to 400-425°F
Line a baking sheet with parchment (or not…but cooks nicely/cleans nicely if you do!)

Combine all of the salad ingredients except for the last three (chickpeas, onion, cilantro) in a bowl to coat the squash. Roast them until just soft, remove and cool.

While you’re waiting, whisk the garlic and lemon juice for the dressing first, then add the tahini and continue whisking. Add the water and oil and then add any additional seasoning you like. (You can also make the dressing by dumping all of the ingredients into a jar and shaking it vigourously…not as fancy but sort of fun, if you ask me).

Put the squash, chickpeas, onion and cilantro into a bowl and gently toss.  Add the dressing and toss a bit  more. Prepare to eat the hell out of it warm and then take it for lunch the next day on a bed of arugula with some extra dressing on the side.