Mediterranean Garbanzo Bean Salad
courtesy of A Fork in the Trail
Dehydration Time: 8–12 hours
Makes 2 servings
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
¼ cup shallots, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon crushed red chilies (optional)
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Segments of 1 large orange
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
½ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
½ teaspoon mixed spices
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
A pinch of kosher salt
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add the shallots and sauté for a few minutes. Add the crushed red chilies, orange zest, orange juice, and orange segments. Cook for a few more minutes and then add the lemon juice, chickpeas, olives, and spices. Simmer for a few minutes and then remove from the heat. Stir in the pepper and salt.
Allow the mixture to cool and then measure the amount you will dry. Write this measurement on a sticky note. Spread the salad on lined dehydrator trays to dry and dry at 50 – 55 degrees for 8-12 hours. When the salad is dry, package it in a ziplock freezer bag along with your note.
Rehydrate the salad by adding enough boiling water to the mix to make it equal to the measurement on your sticky note. Be sure to account for and add your dried ingredients to the rehydration container prior to adding the water. You can always add more water if you need to. Once the salad has rehydrated, reheat it if desired.
If you’d like to have this recipe for lunch, you can add cold water to the mixture at breakfast and let it rehydrate in your pack as you travel.
This is also good for dinner served on couscous or quinoa that has been cooked with a little vegetable stock or orange juice or with pitas that have been toasted, drizzled with a little olive oil.