If using fresh spinach: Cook the spinach in a saucepan
with the water clinging to its leaves, stirring, until wilted. Drain, squeeze dry, and finely chop
. If using frozen spinach, follow package directions, drain
, squeeze dry, and finely chop.
In a bowl combine the spinach with the chick peas
, pepper, chives
, lemon juice
, oil, salt, and pepper. Serve as is or chilled with toasted bread or as a filling for pita