Serve Armenian mashed bean salad in a round flat dish with all mashed beans distributed around the dressing. Eat with a spoon, taking a little mashed bean and some dressing in a spoonful.
- Mix olive oil, vinegar, salt, sugar, grated oinon and chopped parsley to make a dressing and place on the middle of a round serving dish - shape it as a flat circle.
- Place symmetrical flattened circles of each of the pureed lentil, chickpeas and beans around the dressing, alternating dark and pale colors. No circle should touch other or the dressing.
Substitue 1 16 oz can of lentils, chickpeas or beans, drained, with 1 1/4 cup cooked. Mash beans into a very thick puree. If preferred, chop onion, parsley and make the dressing in a food processor.
Symmetry is all important for this recipe.
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