Warm Chickpea, Courgette and Yoghurt Salad!

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I was fed-up with Chickpeas..

Me? That woman who likes everything? I could hardly believe it myself..

It just seemed that every time I saw the word ‘Moroccan’ or ‘Vegetarian’ on a menu or in a magazine, I just knew that Chickpeas were going to feature prominently.

I was bored.

Weird. Not like me. I genuinely do like virtually everything.

But hurrah, I’m cured! This little recipe – just 3 main ingredients, plus some stuff you probably have hanging about – has sorted that!

I’d done a couple of hours in the garden, it was almost mid-afternoon, and I’d had no lunch! I found this gem of a recipe on a site called The Smitten Kitchen – check her out fellow-foodies, she’s the biz – I read the recipe, and 10 minutes later – no exaggeration – I was sitting down to this sensational dish. It’s perfect for  a Vegetarian  lunch, but I also think that it would be a terrific side dish to go with grilled meats or for a party.

Go on, give it a go.. :),  banish Chickpea boredom, AND use up that glut of Courgettes!


  • Tin opener
  • Sieve
  • Frying pan
  • kitchen paper
  • grater

INGREDIENTS:  Makes: a lunch for 1 -just add more Courgettes and yoghurt to feed more.                                             Chickpea, Courgette and yoghurt veg. dish (1)

  • 1 tin of Chickpeas – washed, drained and dried.
  • Oil (I use local Rapeseed Oil)
  • Sprinkle of ground Cumin (optional)
  • 1 Courgette, thinly sliced.
  • Greek yoghurt – about 2 tablespoonfuls
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Half a fresh garlic clove, grated
  • Sea salt (I use Maldon)
  • Chopped fresh herbs – I used  parsley today.


  • Heat the oil in the pan until hot.
  • Add the well-dried Chickpeas and roast for about 5 minutes or until they start to crisp up.
  • Sprinkle over the ground Cumin if using. Add a little salt too.
  • While the Chickpeas are cooking, slice the Courgettes.
  • Drain the crisped Chickpeas on some kitchen paper.
  • Add another spoon of oil to the pan and when it’s hot, add the sliced Courgettes, and stir-fry them until they wilt and start browning.


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  • Spread the yoghurt over your serving dish.
  •  Grate the lemon zest and garlic  directly onto the yoghurt, add the salt, and mix in.

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  • Put the fried Courgettes onto the yoghurt, then top off with a handful of chickpeas.
  • And tuck in!

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  • There’s something really delicious about this salad – the cool, slightly salty and lemony yoghurt, the warm courgettes, and the toasted chickpeas all come together to make a delicious whole.
  • There are enough fried Chickpeas to do several more portions of this salad.
  • It’s a great way of using up that glut of Courgettes that everyone has in August/September.
  • You’ll need a whole Courgette  for one portion, as they shrink down as they cook.
  • To make this as a side-dish, I’d use about 4-5 Courgettes, 300-400g of Greek yoghurt, and the whole tin’s worth of Chickpeas. Obviously you can double or treble it as you see fit.
  • Here’s a whole new reason to always have a couple of tins of Chickpeas in your cupboard!

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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