Chickpea salad with green olives

Let’s give this a try. In the past year and a half, I was quite busy and I imagine I will keep being quite busy. I have a little one who is turning one next week and I keep wondering where the last year went. Between sleepless nights (luckly few), work, and trips up and down I-94 (unfortunately many given husband and I keep having jobs in separate cities) time just flew. And so no blogging. And very limited Instagramming and social media in general.

Today I opened the blog for the first time in ages and I have decided to write down a recipe. Might be another couple of months to the next one or it might be shorter. The one thing I learned in the last year is that planning with baby does not work the same way as planning without baby.

Anyway, for today I choose a recipe that I am obsessed with for the summer.

It is a simple salad but it is an explosion of flavors. It has the acid and sour notes from the lemon and the green olive, which make it feel light and refreshing. Plus it has saltiness from the capers and nuttiness from the tahini. And the heartiness of the legumes that make it substantial enough for a meal. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 10 capers
  • 5-8 green olives
  • half a pickled lemon
  • 2 tbsp tahini sauce
  • juice of half lemon
  • salt

Directions

  1. Rinse the chickpeas and place in a bowl.
  2. Roughly chop the capers, olives and pickled lemon and mix with the chickpeas.
  3. Prepare the sauce by diluting the tahini sauce with the lemon juice and if needed a bit of water.
  4. Mix the sauce in the chickpea salad and salt to taste.

Saucy Greek Burgers : Greek Recipes

Saucy Greek Burgers – This distinctive, delicious, Greek burger recipe is made with ground lamb, and served with a one of a kind, exquisite, mint yogurt sauce recipe included. Also served in Pitas, for more Greek tradition, these phenomenal, BBQ burgers are a “Must Try”.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6
Main Ingredient: Ground Lamb
Difficulty Level: 2

Ingredients to make Saucy Greek Burgers

For yogurt sauce:
12 Ounces plain yogurt
2 Small garlic cloves
1/4 Teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons shredded fresh mint leaves, or to taste

For burgers:
2 Pounds ground lamb
1/2 Cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped pitted Kalamata olives, 12 to 15
6 small pita loaves
2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
2 small green bell peppers, cut in rings
1 red onion, sliced thin

Directions to make Saucy Greek Burgers

Step 1:Make yogurt sauce: Mince and mash the garlic with the salt. Drain yogurt in a sieve lined with a dampened paper towel set over a bowl 30 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and combine with the garlic and mint.

Step 2:Prepare grill and oil rack. Set grill 5-6 inches from coals. In a bowl gently combine the lamb,feta and olives. Form into 6 patties about 1” thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill for about 7 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Step 3:Split pitas form a pocket.Transfer burgers to pita pockets and top with tomatoes, bell peppers and onion. Serve burgers with yogurt sauce.