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Favorite Garbanzo Bean Salad

 Favorite Garbanzo Bean Salad
Gonzo for garbanzos, Eleanor Glofka found a way to duplicate a favorite restaurant recipe at home. "It's excellent as a side dish, as an appetizer or spooned over a tossed salad," she writes from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. "It keeps for days in the refrigerator, but it never lasts that long in my house!"
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup whole ripe olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • Dash dried oregano

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the beans, onion, olives, peppers, celery and
  • Parmesan cheese. In a jar with tight-fitting lid, combine the
  • remaining ingredients; shake well. Pour over bean mixture and toss
  • to coat. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 273 calories, 21 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.