Autumn Salad with Spicy Chickpeas

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Autumn Chickpea Salad


Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time55 minutes
Total time1 hour, 10 minutes


This celebratory autumn salad makes a spectacular presentation on a colorful platter, surrounded with toasted triangles of pita cheese and an assortment of olives. You’ll want to roast extra spicy chickpeas, since these are an addictive snack all by themselves.


1/2 teaspoon
Mustard, Dijon
1/4 cup
olive oil
1/2 teaspoon
lemon juice
1 tablespoon
sherry vinegar
1/2 tablespoon
mint, fresh (finely chopped)
1 1/2 cup
chickpeas (soaked, cooked, and drained )
4 tablespoons
olive oil (divided)
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
chili powder
1/2 teaspoon
cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon
garlic (peeled and minced)
1 1/2 teaspoon
sea salt (divided)
sweet potato (peeled)
1/2 teaspoon
black pepper
1/3 pound
spinach (fresh)
1/3 cup
almonds (sliced)
1/3 cup
cranberries, dried
1/3 cup
onion, red (thinly-sliced)
pita bread (for serving)
3 ounces
cheese, goat (crumbled, optional )


Heat oven to 400 degrees F. While the oven heats, whisk together the mustard, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar. Add the mint; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Toss chickpeas with 2 tablespoons olive oil, spices, garlic and ½ teaspoon salt; pour onto a sheet pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. While the chickpeas roast, halve the sweet potatoes and cut crosswise into half-moons. Toss with remaining olive oil, salt and black pepper. Spread onto the second pan. Set timer for an additional 20 minutes and roast until potatoes are done and chickpeas are crisp.

Arrange spinach on a platter; top with prepared veggies, chickpeas, almonds and cranberries, and sprinkle with goat cheese if desired.


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