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A sprinkle of tangy sumac transforms this classic Turkish chickpea salad

Turkish Chickpea Salad

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Appears in March-April 2022

40 minutes

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Turkish Chickpea Salad

In this version of nohut piyazi, or Turkish chickpea salad, we use umami-rich sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes. Their intense flavor, along with sliced red onion, lemon juice and fresh herbs, adds contrast to the backdrop of earthy chickpeas. Aleppo pepper is a coarsely ground red pepper with mild heat and notes of dried fruit and cumin; tangy, fruity, brick-red ground sumac is made from the dried berries of the sumac bush. Both are commonly used in Turkish cooking and are sold in spice shops and most well-stocked supermarkets. If Aleppo pepper isn’t available, substitute with ¾ teaspoon sweet paprika plus ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and garnish with additional paprika; simply omit the sumac if you cannot find it. This salad is great served as a side to grilled meats, seafood or kebabs, or offer it as a light main course, with warmed flatbread alongside.




Don’t skip the step of heating the chickpeas and seasonings in the microwave and allowing them to cool before completing the salad. The chickpeas expand when warmed; as they cool, they absorb the seasonings so that each bite is flavorful.

40 minutes


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