1 (14.5) ounce can of no-salt added Garbanzo beans; drained
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
2 tablespoons sherry, red wine, balsamic, or apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh (dried if you must) parsley, basil or cilantro
1/2 tablespoon cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 dashes Tabasco sauce; or Just Add Cayenne
Blend 1 can of tomatoes with the stock and oil in a blender or food processor until pureed. Transfer to a medium bowl along with remaining ingredients; season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve; this can be made several hours before serving.
You can leave the garbanzo beans out if desired, but I like to have some protein in my meals, and these beans add great texture. I will even add no salt added canned tuna for a great protein punch! Try creating your own version by adding or taking away some ingredients. Celery will give a nice crunch, use chopped chives instead of an onion, and summer squash will help change things up a bit. Either way, this is a delight for the eyes and mouth; it’s healthy too!