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    Middle Eastern Chickpea Platter

    This recipe combines the flavors of two Middle Eastern favorites—hummus and baba ganouj—in one easy dish. Serve it family-style, letting diners take their own favorite combination of ingredients. Serve with tabbouleh or a green salad tossed with lemon vinaigrette.


    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 small eggplant, (about 12 ounces), cubed
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 2 tablespoons tahini, (see Note)
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 15 ounce can or 19 ounce can chick peas or cannellini beans, rinsed (See Tip)
    • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
    • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
    • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
    • 1/4 cup briny black olives, halved pitted
    • 4 whole wheat pita breads, warmed and cut in half or into wedges


    Step 1
    Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant, garlic and 1/8 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is soft and beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.
    Step 2
    Meanwhile, whisk tahini, lemon juice, water and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Stir in chickpeas (or beans), parsley and the eggplant.
    Step 3
    Arrange the chickpea-eggplant salad, tomatoes, onion, feta, olives (if using) and pitas on a platter. Serve at room temperature or chilled and sprinkled with more parsley, if desired.


    To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate the chickpea salad (Steps 1-2) for up to 4 hours.

    1. Note:  Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in large supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters.
    2. Tip:  While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (Our recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.


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