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Chickpea Cake with Fava Leaves and Arugula Salad

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 6
At Gather Restaurant in Berkeley, CA, Sean Baker serves the chickpea cake with the salad plus seasonal additions like stinging nettles, braised black trumpet mushrooms, and pine-nut salsa.


  • About 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 qt. reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 2/3 cups chickpea (garbanzo) flour*
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast*
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cups lightly packed fava leaves or baby spinach*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 qt. lightly packed baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup fennel fronds
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Fennel and Orange Dressing

Nutrition Information

  • calories 395
  • caloriesfromfat 61 %
  • protein 9.2 g
  • fat 28 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 6.2 g
  • sodium 987 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make chickpea cake: Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring often, until translucent, about 7 minutes. Add broth and heat until simmering. Sprinkle in chickpea flour and yeast, whisking until smooth.

  2. Transfer mixture to a food processor. Purée until as smooth as baby food. Stir in thyme, fava leaves, and salt. Pour into a greased 9- by 13-in. baking dish. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top and use your hand to level mixture. Chill until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours and up to 2 days.

  3. Invert cake onto a cutting board. Cut into 12 squares, then cut each square again diagonally to make 24 triangles.

  4. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown triangles, turning once, 8 minutes total; add oil as needed. Set on 6 plates.

  5. Make salad: Toss arugula, fennel fronds, parsley, and half the vinaigrette in a bowl. Spoon salad over chickpea triangles and serve remaining dressing on the side.

  6. *Find chickpea flour and nutritional yeast at natural-food stores or well-stocked grocery stores. Find fava leaves at farmers' markets; if using spinach leaves instead, increase chickpea flour to 2 cups.

  7. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving with 3 tbsp. dressing. Total time does not include chilling time.

Gather Restaurant, Berkeley, CA