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Dinner tonight! Grilled prawns with garbanzo bean salad

June 8, 2012 | 11:12 am

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Spot prawns brushed with a little garlic olive oil and charred over a hot fire, served with a simple salad of garbanzo beans, tomatoes and arugula. Sound delicious? It is, and you can make it in less than half an hour, perfect whether you're looking for a weeknight meal or an easy dish for entertaining over the weekend. Continue reading below for the recipe.

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Recipe: Grilled spot prawns with garbanzo beans, tomatoes and arugula

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

Note: Find live spot prawns at Pearson's Port in Newport Harbor, Los Angeles Fish Co., Fish King in Glendale, Santa Monica Seafood, selected 99 Ranch markets and other Asian markets.

2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans

2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided

Pinch dried red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

1/2 cup olive oil, divided

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3/4 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

2 pounds spot prawns

4 cups torn arugula leaves

1. Drain the garbanzo beans, place them in a strainer and rinse them under cold, running water. Pat them dry with a towel. Combine the beans with 1 teaspoon minced garlic, the red pepper flakes, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, one-fourth cup of the olive oil and the lemon juice. Stir in the grape tomatoes and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining one-fourth cup olive oil, the remaining 1 teaspoon minced garlic and one-half teaspoon of salt.

3. Arrange the spot prawns in a single layer in two grilling baskets. Brush with the garlic-olive oil and grill over a medium-hot fire until bright red and slightly charred on one side, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook another 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on the other side.

4. Stir the arugula leaves into the garbanzo bean-tomato mixture, taste and adjust seasoning. Mound the salad in the center of a platter and arrange the prawns around the salad. Serve immediately.

Each serving: 385 calories; 36 grams protein; 26 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 15 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 707 mg. sodium.

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