This super-simple chickpea salad makes a delicious lunch or side dish to grilled shrimp or chicken.
⅓ cupfinely diced red onion, from 1 small red onion
2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas (preferably Bush's or Goya), drained and rinsed (see note)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1½ tablespoonsfreshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 lemon
⅓ cupfinely chopped fresh parsley
¼ teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
Place the diced onion in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for 10 minutes, then drain. (This step tames the bite of the raw onion.)
Combine the onions with the remaining ingredients and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning with more lemon, salt, and pepper, if necessary. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Toss well before serving and adjust seasoning again, if necessary.
Make-Ahead: The salad can be made and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 2 days ahead of time.
Note: Different brands of chickpeas contain different levels of salt, so if using a different brand than the one specified, add salt to taste.