Smashed Zucchini with Chickpeas and Peanuts


1 1/2 to 2 pounds zucchini (about 3 to 4 medium)

1 jalapeƱo, halved lengthwise, stemmed and sliced into 1/8-inch-thick half-moons

2 limes, 1 zested and juiced, the other cut into wedges for serving

Kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry

1/4 cup roasted peanuts (salted or unsalted)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground sumac, coriander or a coriander-based spice blend like baharat or berbere


Trim the zucchini ends and slice lengthwise into quarters. Position cut sides down, then smash with the side of your knife until craggy and split. Rip into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces. Transfer to a colander set in the sink, then toss with the sliced jalapeƱo, lime juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let drain while you cook the chickpeas.

Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chickpeas and peanuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chickpeas are lightly browned and crisp, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the lime zest, sumac and a sprinkle of salt. Stir until fragrant, then taste and add more salt as needed.

Shake the zucchini to get rid of any excess liquid, then transfer to a platter or plates. Drizzle with a little olive oil, then top with the chickpeas. Get a spoonful of everything and taste. Add salt and a squeeze of lime until flavors are bright and zingy. Serve warm or at room temperature (although the chickpeas will become less crispy as they sit with the wet ingredients).