Warm Chick Pea and Cherry Salad
This dish is so satisfyingly meaty (despite being vegetarian) and savory that I’d rather call it an App. or a Side – or a meal on its own. Pair this alongside the Wild Rice and Quinoa from fellow (T)radder threefresheggs, and I think I’d have an all-time fave dish.
The Warm Chick Pea and Cherry Salad is the work of chef Eric Ottensmeyer from Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia. Eric shared his recipe with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and you can read the recipe and background on it here. When I asked the very helpful, friendly, and attentive staff they suggested that the secret to this salad is the complex and involved processing of the chick peas. So, in other words, it’s a Leon’s State Secret that can only be found on the premises. Twist my arm! Leon’s has a wonderful menu and one of the best bartenders in Atlanta, so I’ll be back.
Yes, I absolutely loved this “salad” but would recommend trying these modifications that differ from Chef Ottensmeyer for fun…to make it less savory and more sweet:
Go easy on the kosher salt (of course)
Double the Basil
Double the Cherries
Cut the Chick Peas down to three cups.
Stick a Drinks Umbrella (pink or violet) and a French flag in either end of it. NO! DO NOT DO THIS!!! PLEASE!!! Okay, it’s your call…
I’ll give this modified version a whirl and report back to all y’all in the (T)rad fam…with pictures, of course!