Last night I made a green bean and chickpea salad with a sesame dressing and it turned out really good. I got the recipe from a cookbook called Easy Vegan. ENJOY!!!
1 lb green beans
2 tablespoons sake
3 teaspoons sugar
5 teaspoons japanese soy sauce
1 cup vegetable stock
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
140z can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, add the beans and cook for 5 minutes until bright green and tender but still firm to bite. Drain and rinse in cold water, then plunge into ice water to set their color.
Bring the sake to a boil in a small saucepan and then transfer to a bowl and combine with the sugar and soy sauce.
Put the stock in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of the sake mixture. Bring to a boil. Drain the beans and add to the stock. Return to a boil, then remove from heat, drain, and let cool.
Heat a skillet/frying pan until hot, add the sesame seeds and toast, tossing them in the pan constantly, until they are golden. Transfer the toasted seeds to a mini food processor, or spice grinder and grind them to a rough paste.
In a bowl, combine the ground sesame seeds with the chickpeas, sesame oil, and the remaining sake mixture, then toss through the drained beans. Serve immediately.