2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ teaspoon cumin seeds*
2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 Medjool dates, pitted and diced
3 Persian cucumbers, sliced into thin half moons
⅓ cup chopped roasted red peppers
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
3 ounces Roth Chèvre Honey Goat Cheese
¼ cup fresh mint
⅓ cup roasted chickpeas, optional
1. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and several grinds of pepper.
2. In a small skillet over medium-low heat, toast the cumin seeds until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and crush them a bit (a mortar & pestle is easiest for this). Add them to the bowl and stir.
3. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, dates, cucumbers, red pepper, and parsley to the bowl and toss. Transfer to a serving platter and dollop with the goat cheese, sprinkle with mint, and top with the extra roasted chickpeas, if desired. Season to taste and serve.