Spicy Chickpea Salad
Because Kevin has misophonia (he can’t stand eating sounds) we usually put on YouTube videos while we eat lunch or dinner. And that’s how we came to this Spicy Chickpea Salad.
We were watching Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen and she was making this salad that she, in turn, saw somewhere else. We thought the dressing looked amazing so I picked up ingredients to make it.
The original recipe used oil. Given the flavors here, I was pretty sure that substituting tahini for the oil would work and I was right. It didn’t just work, it was great!
A couple of vegetable additions later and it’s a new recipe. Once you get more experienced with cooking you feel comfortable making these kinds of substitutions on the fly. You start to recognize easy substitutions. You figure out how to make dishes work for your dietary needs.
🌶A note about spiciness: If you are sensitive to heat, try your jalapeño before you put it in the dressing. If it’s a hot one, add in 1/4 pepper increments until you’re happy with the result. For mild, omit the seeds. For hot, keep the seeds. We used seeds from half our pepper and it was about a medium in hotness.
One place all of this comes in handy is in the RV. Back in the house, I had no problem buying all the specialized ingredients for recipes. But the pantry storage in an RV is limited.
For example, soy sauce, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and tamari all serve pretty much the same purpose in recipes and can be used interchangeably. We only keep Bragg’s here in the RV. It’s also gluten-free so we can use it when cooking for our GF friends. And we like the flavor. So when a recipe calls for soy sauce or tamari, I just use the Bragg’s and all is good.
Anyway, back to this Spicy Chickpea Salad. The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of olive oil. I used 2 tablespoons of tahini and 2 tablespoons of water and it worked great. But if you’re not oil free and you have the olive oil and not tahini, feel free to substitute back!
Are you comfortable making recipe substitutions? Do you prefer that recipes give you the multiple options or are you okay with working that out for yourself?
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