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Crispy Chickpea Salad with Grilled Prawns

Too cold to grill? Broil the shrimp skewers, or cook them on the stovetop in a grill pan.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2011

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Total:1 Hour, 30 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon rind, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 18 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 3/4 pound)
  • 6 cups canola oil
  • 3 cups rinsed and drained canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups fresh baby arugula
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, torn
  • 1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut green onions


1. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon rind, 1 tablespoon juice, parsley, 1 teaspoon red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and garlic in a medium bowl. Add shrimp; toss well. Marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2. Clip a candy/fry thermometer onto the side of a Dutch oven. Add canola oil to pan; heat oil to 385°.

3. Dry chickpeas thoroughly in a single layer on paper towels. Place 1 1/2 cups chickpeas in hot oil; fry 4 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Make sure oil temperature remains at 375°. Remove peas from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Keep warm. Return oil to 385°. Repeat procedure with remaining chickpeas.

4. Remove shrimp from marinade; discard marinade. Thread 3 shrimp onto each of 6 (5-inch) skewers.

5. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

6. Place shrimp on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill shrimp 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done.

7. Combine remaining olive oil, rind, juice, red pepper, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add chickpeas, arugula, spinach, and remaining ingredients; toss gently to combine. Place 1 1/4 cups chickpea mixture in each of 6 shallow bowls. Top each serving with 3 grilled shrimp.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 262
  • Fat: 15.8g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Protein: 10.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.6g
  • Fiber: 5.7g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 628mg
  • Calcium: 80mg

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Crispy Chickpea Salad with Grilled Prawns recipe