And Another Thing Salad

Last night we had company and I made calzones and this delightful salad, inspired by one from – surprise! – My parents return from a trip to California today and so my version of this recipe is named in honor of my father; even though it’s something he likely wouldn’t eat.

1 cup dried garbanzo beans, sorted, washed, and soaked*
1/2 cup chopped celery (about two stalks)
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
juice from one lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons? I dunno)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
fresh lettuce or savoy cabbage (I used the latter)
sea salt

Prepare the beans by rinsing off the soaking water, putting them in a pot with plenty of water and bringing to an active, covered simmer for an hour and a half or until tender.

When the beans are almost done assemble the chopped celery, apple, and pecans. Prepare the dressing by whisking the honey and lemon together. Add the mayonaise, mustard, and salt to taste.

Drain the beans and rinse with cool water. You can wait for them to cool or (and I like this method better) fold the dressing into the beans, toss, and add the rest of the salad.

Serve on a bed of lettuce or cabbage, either whole leaf (garnish) or shredded (to eat).

* ask me about cooking with beans!

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