Pie with Salad, of course you can! Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket Salad

Prep Time:10 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

June 17, 2014

Eat Your Veg | Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket Side SaladAs long term readers will know I used to grow all our own salads, veggies and fruit at Chez Foti, and we were lucky enough to be virtually self-sufficient given the wonderful south of France sunshine and ample tending time. With the move back to the UK last summer I took a year out from growing, but this year, albeit on a much smaller scale, I’m really chuffed to be back on it. I’ve pots, troughs and tubs taking over my patio growing everything from giant pumpkins to tommies (not exactly the 78 plants I grew in France!), green beans and chard. And when I was asked a couple of months ago to grow a selection of Sarah Raven salad leaves to pair up with Higgidy goodies I naturally jumped at the chance. And what a great combination they’ve made.

I was sent a lovely selection of Sarah Raven seedlings to grow including Mustard ‘Red Giant’, ‘Green Salad Bowl’ and ‘Solix’ lettuces, Rocket and Mizuna. And all bar the rocket grew really well, funnily enough even in France I seemed to struggle with rocket and I’ve no idea why. Possibly over watering and too much sun. Maybe the more green fingered amongst you can offer some tips?. I did manage a couple of small salads out of it though. I was particularly intrigued by the mild peppery Mizuna and spicy hot Red Giant leaves, both new to me salads and morishly delish plucked and eaten straight from the tubs. My kids have been forever nibbling at the lettuces and still can’t resist a leaf or two every time they’re in the garden! At a barbie we had last week Jacques served each of the guests a selection of his freshly picked leaves, then proceeded to watch over to check they were actually eating them. A natural born foodie that boy.

Eat Your Veg | Chickpea, Tomato & Rocket Salad

The idea behind the joint project was to design a seasonal summer side to go with the selection of Higgidy goodies that I was recently sent to try out too. Oh what a chore. After winning my Pie Party back in March I was already familiar with the excellent quality and deliciousness of their pies but was yet to sample the quiche range. I was kindly sent a selection of Balsamic Onion & Cheddar, Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Bacon & Cheddar Quiches to trial (make that devour). On the pie front I got to sample their Sweet Potato & Feta Pies with Pumpkin Seeds and the ‘special guest’ pie Chicken & Smoky Spanish Chorizo Pie this time round.

And by gosh were they all tremendously good. All of them. Truly. Being the generous gal that I am I did share a few out with (special) friends and my two pastry-fiend monsters. Possibly being a little over-generous on the sharing front. Each pie and quiche received high praise and amazement from the grown up folk that pre-produced bakes could be made with all the quality, flavour and texture of home cooked goodies. Probably better than I could do myself actually! Though Higgidy do pride their pies and quiches as being lovingly  and individually hand crafted, and you really can tell. The pastry’s most excellent too, crumbly, rich, short and with a delightful and unique poppy and sesame seed crunch for a bit of extra “va va voom”. An idea I’m so going to try next time I bake. Fillings were all of top notch quality and gloriously un-skimped on. Annoying my kids liked ALL of them, which believe me is not the norm.

Higgidy Side Salads

As for my salady sides, I struggled with just one idea so came up with three. My first today, a Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket or Mizuna Salad dressed with a spanish style dressing of Sherry Vinegar, Olive Oil and a little Sweet Smoked Paprika. I made it with Higgidy’s Chicken & Smoky Spanish Chorizo Pie in mind and it really did work perfectly together. But was also good with the Sweet Potato & Feta Pies and the Quiches too. I’ll be  posting my two other side recipes this week so do watch out. There’s New Potatoes with a Lettuce Pesto Dressing and a Mustard Green, Bulgar, Cranberry & Walnut Salad.

Eat Your Veg | Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket Salad

The Good Stuff:

Chickpeas, Cherry Tomatoes, Spring Onions, Parsley, Rocket or Mizuna, Parsley, Olive Oil

Great For:

Big Kids, Salad Fans, Pie Eaters, Quiche Fanatics, Sides, Vegetarians, Lunch, Buffets, Picnics, Barbecue Sides.

Special Equipment:

Absolutely nothing other than a salad bowl!

Pie with Salad, of course you can! Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket Salad

Ingredients Prep Time:10 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

1 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
150g cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
3 spring onions, finely sliced
50g rocket or mizuna leaves, washed and spun or dried
1 heaped tablespoon roughly chopped flat leaved parsley
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 generous pinch sweet smoked paprika (I use La Chinata)
sea salt (I use Maldon) and freshly ground black pepper

1) Place the chickpeas, tomatoes, spring onions, rocket or mizuna and parsley in a serving bowl together. Combine together with salad servers.
2) Whisk together the sherry vinegar, olive oil, paprika and generous pinches each of salt and pepper.
3) Run the dressing through the salad and serve immediately. Preferably with a pie of course!.

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8 thoughts on “Pie with Salad, of course you can! Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket Salad

  1. Emma

    All of these need to be on my table right now! I’ve got a can of chickpeas lurking in my cupboard and an empty lunchbox for tomorrow. Hmmm!
    Funnily enough rocket is the only thing I can really grow without it dying off on me. Apart from weeds of course, I’m great at weeds.

    1. Louisa

      Oh you really must try them Bintu, they knock the socks off any other bought pies or quiches. And very popular with the littlies too, they adore them all!

    1. Louisa

      It is indeed very special to grow and pick your own, so missed it last year. And a wonderful exercise to watch how things grow for the kids too, though they do tend to scoff everything before it’s ready!


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