New recipe from Renee: Garlic Roast Chickpeas with Almonds, Feta, Mint and Lemon

New recipe from Renee: Garlic Roast Chickpeas with Almonds, Feta, Mint and Lemon

Go beyond falafel & hummus with this zesty chickpea dish that is sure to  be a staple in your summer repertoire! It holds its own as a satisfying and flavour-packed vegetarian main, but is also a delicious accompanient to any BBQ fare. It’s refreshingly easy to throw together for those impormtu gatherings or after a long, lazy day at the beach. A heart-healthy dish dedicated to the love of summer!


  • 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes
  • 1 cup of crumbled feta
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon of dried cumin
  • 1 cup of whole almonds
  • 1.5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Thinly grated rind of 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

*serves 4

Cooking time

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes


  • Preheat oven to fan bake 190°C
  • Pat chickpeas dry with paper towels if they still seem wet after draining and rinsing
  • Mix together 3 tablespoons of olive oil, cumin, garlic, chili flakes, salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Put chickpeas into a baking dish, add olive oil mixture & stir until the chickpeas are well coated with oil, then put in the oven & roast for 20 minutes
  • While chickpeas are roasting, wash mint leaves & roughly chop
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a fry pan. Add almonds & shallow fry for about 5 minutes on a low heat, or until lightly browned
  • Spoon roasted chickpeas into a serving dish. Mix 3 tablespoon of olive oil & the apple cider together & then mix through the chickpeas
  • Let chickpeas cool 5 minutes, & then stir in crumbled feta, lemon rind & chopped mint
  • Season with more salt & fresh ground black pepper if desired
  • Serve warm or cold, with lemon wedges to squeeze over the finished dish


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