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Crispy Chickpea & Freekeh Salad

with Lemon Labneh & Harissa-Glazed Carrots

Crispy Chickpea & Freekeh Salad with Lemon Labneh & Harissa-Glazed Carrots
Cook Time
35-45mins
Makes
2 Servings
Nutrition
Group 2
Est. 660 calories

A staple of North African and Middle Eastern cuisines, harissa is a versatile, flavor-packed chile paste. Here, we’re using green harissa (made from milder chiles) to glaze the carrots in our hearty grain salad—which gets delicious pops of texture from crispy roasted chickpeas. Dolloped on top, tangy, lemon-seasoned labneh is perfect for stirring into each bowl for a layer of creaminess.

Prepare & roast the chickpeas:
1 Prepare & roast the chickpeas:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Spread onto a paper towel-lined sheet pan. Using a second layer of paper towels, gently pat or roll the chickpeas to thoroughly dry; discard the paper towels and any loose chickpea skins. Drizzle the dried chickpeas with olive oil; toss to thoroughly coat. Arrange in a single, even layer. Roast, stirring halfway through, 20 to 22 minutes, or until crispy. (Be careful, as the chickpeas may pop as they roast.) Remove from the oven and carefully transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare the ingredients & make the vinaigrette:
2 Prepare the ingredients & make the vinaigrette:
Cook the freekeh:
3 Cook the freekeh:

While the chickpeas continue to roast, add the freekeh to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 20 to 22 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the lemon labneh:
4 Make the lemon labneh:

While the freekeh cooks, in a bowl, combine the labneh and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook & glaze the carrots:
5 Cook & glaze the carrots:

While the freekeh continues to cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the dates, ¼ cup of water and as much of the harissa paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the carrots are softened and coated and the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the vinaigrette, glazed carrots, roasted chickpeas and half the parsley to the pot of cooked freekeh. Stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Top with spoonfuls of the lemon labneh. Garnish with the almonds and remaining parsley. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare & roast the chickpeas:
1 Prepare & roast the chickpeas:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Spread onto a paper towel-lined sheet pan. Using a second layer of paper towels, gently pat or roll the chickpeas to thoroughly dry; discard the paper towels and any loose chickpea skins. Drizzle the dried chickpeas with olive oil; toss to thoroughly coat. Arrange in a single, even layer. Roast, stirring halfway through, 20 to 22 minutes, or until crispy. (Be careful, as the chickpeas may pop as they roast.) Remove from the oven and carefully transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3 Cook the freekeh:

While the chickpeas continue to roast, add the freekeh to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 20 to 22 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Make the lemon labneh:

While the freekeh cooks, in a bowl, combine the labneh and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the lemon labneh:
Cook & glaze the carrots:
5 Cook & glaze the carrots:

While the freekeh continues to cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the dates, ¼ cup of water and as much of the harissa paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the carrots are softened and coated and the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the vinaigrette, glazed carrots, roasted chickpeas and half the parsley to the pot of cooked freekeh. Stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Top with spoonfuls of the lemon labneh. Garnish with the almonds and remaining parsley. Enjoy!

Finish & plate your dish: