Lemony Salmon and Spiced Chickpeas

1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 (¾ - 1-lb.) salmon fillet

½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more

Onion powder

Paprika

Freshly ground black pepper

1 9-oz. pkg. Melissa’s Peeled & Steamed Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), rinsed, patted dry

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1½ tsp. za’atar

2 T. fresh lemon juice

4 cups baby spinach

4 radishes, trimmed, thinly sliced

Flaky sea salt

Crumbled hard boiled egg (optional)

Thinly sliced red onion (optional)

 

Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 300°F. Toss lemon slices in a large bowl with a drizzle of oil. Arrange slices in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Set salmon on lemons. Season salmon all over with kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika, and then drizzle and rub with some oil (about ¼ cup). Roast until salmon is just barely opaque in the middle, 12–17 minutes, depending on thickness. If you like your salmon well-done, cook it a few minutes longer. Let salmon cool, and then flake into medium-size pieces with a fork.

 

Meanwhile, bring chickpeas, garlic, za’atar, and remaining ¼ cup oil to a bare simmer in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally and reducing heat if needed, 8-10 minutes. Stir in ½ tsp. kosher salt and remove skillet from heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chickpeas to a medium bowl, leaving oil behind. Whisk lemon juice into oil; taste dressing and season with more kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper if needed.

Toss spinach in a large bowl with 1 tsp. dressing. Divide among bowls along with radishes, chickpeas, and salmon (and lemons if desired); drizzle with more dressing. Sprinkle with sea salt and more pepper. Makes 2 main dish servings.

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