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History Cookbook: Bean and Chickpea Salad

This recipe is in categories Romano-British, Healthy eating, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian
About this recipe
Healthiness : (120 votes)
Difficulty:  1 out of 5 difficulty
Comments: Take care with topping and tailing the beans.
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: None
Number of servings: This will serve 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish.
Serving suggestions: Serve with grilled fish or cream cheese with brown bread
This is a vegan recipe

This salad dish would be part of the first course (or Gustatio). Light, easily digestible foods such as fish and vegetables were served in a variety of ways; they were often spiced or highly flavoured. Dishes in the Gustatio could be both hot and cold. (See boiled beans.)

The main meal, at the end of the day, was eaten reclining on large couches. These meals were social occasions where guests could be entertained and a host could display his wealth and status.

This recipe was adapted from a cookbook written by Apicius.
For the main dish:

  • 1 packet raw green beans (french or dwarf)
  • 1 tin chickpeas
For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red grape juice
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Knife
  • Strainer
  • Mixing bowl
Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

  1. Top and tail the green beans 
  2. Chop into 1/2 cm pieces
  3. Drain and rinse the tinned chickpeas
  4. Combine the beans and chickpeas in a dish
  5. Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a small dish
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste
  7. Drizzle the dressing over the beans and chickpeas
  8. Mix well and serve
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Name: Person 14th July 2019
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Name: Regina 27th July 2013
I'm having an Ancient Roman party and these recipes have been extremely helpful. Thank you!
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