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I have chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, parsley, yogurt and fresh mint and would like to make a salad out of this to stuff in pitas.<br><br>
What other herb or spice would go well with this. Dill? I've had similar salads (minus the chickpeas) in Middle Eastern cafes, but my mind is really drawing a blank here.<br><br><br><br>
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Maybe some dill, or the tiniest bit of lemon, but honestly, it might not need anything. Make it and taste... THEN decide. A little salt and pepper might just be perfect and the only thing you need.<br><br><br><br>
Sounds yummy!
 

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A chickpea salad recipe I like a lot from the Vegan Deli cookbook calls for cumin and a pinch of cayenne pepper, though I'm not sure how they would work with the mint.
 

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Cilantro or flat parsley.<br><br>
Lemon is always good with chick peas.<br><br>
A tiny bit of cayenne might be just the thing though (it brings out other flavors without dominating by itself, if you put in just a tiny bit).
 

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Yep. Forgot garlic. It's ace with this combination. It's great with anything (except maybe chocolate pie ?). LOL ! My mom always puts a ton of garlic and lemon juice in her hummus (and she makes the best hummus around).
 

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ooo! one of my favorite foods<br><br>
chickpeas<br><br>
i even eat them by the handful, like nuts!<br><br>
to stay with the middle eastern flavor<br><br>
cumin or paprika or turmeric...to taste, of course<br><br>
you might want to add sweet onion too, for some zing...<br><br><br><br>
btw, when i first read your ingredients<br><br>
it sounded like a greek salad to me<br><br>
so, if you want to go that way<br><br>
skip the mint<br><br>
and add<br><br>
red onion<br><br>
lemon<br><br>
kalamata olives<br><br>
yummmm.....<br><br><br><br>
good luck and happy eating!<br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I have chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, parsley, yogurt and fresh mint and would like to make a salad out of this to stuff in pitas.<br><br>
What other herb or spice would go well with this. Dill? I've had similar salads (minus the chickpeas) in Middle Eastern cafes, but my mind is really drawing a blank here.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks!</div>
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-toasted/dry roasted (put em in a warm pan till they go slightly darker and smell lush) cumin seeds, either left whole, or ground with a pestle and mortar mixed into the chickpeas.....(whole dry roasted cumin seeds are soooo nice!)<br><br><br><br>
-a few flakes of cayenne pepper put through a pepper grinder<br><br><br><br>
-lemon juice and fried diced/roasted/awful powdered garlic, with maybe a smidge of dried oregano<br><br><br><br>
-curly/flatleaf fresh chopped parsley (parsley is just great)<br><br><br><br>
or a combination of any of the above. 'spect you ate it by now though, lol.
 

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Thanks for all the ideas everyone! I went to sleep early but I plan to make one of these variations tonite.<br><br>
Deb I have Vegan Deli too...it rocks!
 

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A lot of the above ideas are great, but it seems from the original idea, that you're going for sort-of a Greek/Middle Eastern recipe - almost a garbanzo-tabbouleh-tzatziki sort of thing? Sounds DEEELISH...<br><br><br><br>
However, if that's what you're going for, to keep flavors fresh and light, I would NOT add the cumin and definitely keep the mint. Cumin and mint will clash. And often garlic and mint too.<br><br><br><br>
Cumin and garlic are heavier, stronger flavors, and are GREAT in hummus and other applications, but not always so good in fresh salads where raw ingredients are used (cumin especially - not so much garlic).<br><br><br><br>
So, my thought, if you're wanting to use the tomato and cucumber and such, and NOT go with a hummus-type dish, you might not want to use cumin, but stick to fresher, lighter flavors like lemon, parsley and <i>definitely</i> the mint.... I really think the mint will make this salad!
 
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