Greek Chick Pea Salad

Greek Chickpea Salad

Yah I know...too healthy...but it`s so good...and stuffed in a pita it`s a delight!

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), pat them completely dry with clean dish towel
1 cup of chopped leeks
1 medium clove of garlic, minced
zest of one lemon (I used lemon juice for better flavor)
1/3 cup plain yogurt (I typically use low-fat Greek)
scant 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
smidge of curry powder or to taste
1/2 cup of loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup onions of your choice, chopped

Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet and add the chickpeas. Saute over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until they start getting a bit golden in color. Stir in the leeks and cook until the chickpeas are more golden and the leeks have browned a bit as well, roughly 7 - 10 minutes total. At the last minute stir in the garlic and the lemon zest. Remove from heat, and set aside.

While the chickpeas cool (I like to serve this salad at room temperature), make the yogurt dressing by combining the yogurt, curry powder, and salt in a small bowl. If you need to thin it out a bit, particularly if you are using Greek yogurt, whisk in warm water a tablespoon at a time. Taste, adjust, and set aside.
When you are ready to serve the salad, toss the chickpea mixture with most of the cilantro and most of the chopped red onion. Add about 1/2 of the yogurt dressing and toss again. If you like more dressing, keep adding until you are pleased.