Put 1/2 cup of the chickpeas in a mixing bowl and mash them into a coarse paste with a potato masher or large wooden spoon. Toss in the remaining chickpeas along with the parsley, carrot, radishes, and scallions. Stir to combine.
In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice, coriander, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a few generous grinds of black pepper. Continue whisking while adding the olive oil in a slow stream. Pour over the salad and toss gently. Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the feta or pine nuts, if using, and serve immediately.
Serve with warmed pita bread, sliced into wedges.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on six servings without feta or nuts, Calories
15, Fat Calories
130, Saturated Fat
5, Monounsaturated Fat
25, Polyunsaturated Fat
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