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Large bowl of lemon and sumac marinated chickpeas.

Seared Lemon & Sumac Marinated Chickpeas

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These Seared Lemon & Sumac Marinated Chickpeas are packed with zesty citrus flavor and easy to make ahead for a quick and filling meal.


  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 12 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1, 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • Salt to taste

For serving

  • 1 English cucumber, cut into spears
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa


  1. Fully zest a lemon into a mixing bowl then cut the lemon in half.
  2. Heat up a medium sized sauté pan with 2 tsp olive oil over medium-low heat. Place the lemon halves cut side down into the pan on one side and the cashews on the opposite side of the pan. Cook the lemon undisturbed for 4-5 minutes or until the bottom of the lemon has mostly browned. In the meantime, stir the cashews frequently to evenly toast them.
  3. Remove the lemons from the pan and add 1/2 tsp of sumac, 2 tsp maple syrup and a pinch of salt to the cashews. Remove the pan from heat and stir the cashews well to coat and set to the side.
  4. To the mixing bowl, add the grated garlic, shallots, red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of oil, cumin, the remaining sumac and the juice of the seared lemons then stir well to combine.
  5. Add the chickpeas, toasted cashews, parsley and a pinch of salt. Stir well to combine then adjust seasoning to taste. For best flavor, cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to marinate before serving.
  6. To turn the chickpeas into a full meal, serve them overtop cooked quinoa and a side of cucumber.


Allow the lemon to sear undisturbed. The more you check on it, the longer it will take for the bottom to sear. It should just take 4-5 minutes on a medium low heat, so be patient.

For more flavor, let everything marinate for at least an hour. The longer the chickpeas marinate, the more flavor you can infuse into them.

Adjust seasonings to taste. Feel free to add more lemon, zest, spices to your liking.