Halloween is over.  We’ve turned the corner and suddenly the holiday season is staring us in the face.  I must admit, I’m already more than in the spirit.  Some years I never quite get into it but this year is the opposite.  I’m finishing up my Thanksgiving menu (more on that tomorrow), having glimmers of thoughts about holiday cookies, and I’ve done a good bit of Christmas shopping.  With the post-Halloween candy surpluses lingering and a major eating holiday on the horizon, I thought a good healthy recipe was in order.

I first made this dish one night when we had friends over for dinner.  I made my favorite chicken enchiladas as the main dish and was looking for a different side dish to break the usual routine of rice and refried beans.  The feta seemed like it could make for an odd pairing but this went over really well.  What’s more, it makes quite a bit of food and we had a lot leftover.  I found that it made for a perfect after work, pre-dinner snack while cooking rather than some of the usual less healthy choices I might turn to.  If you aren’t a fan of feta or happen to have some on hand, I think queso fresco would be a nice alternative here.  With so few ingredients, minimal prep time, and the addition of my beloved oven roasted tomatoes, this is surely becoming a go-to healthy side for us.


1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 tbsp. olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt
2 tsp. sugar
3-4 cups cooked black beans (2 cans, rinsed and drained)
4 oz. crumbled feta
Juice and zest of one lemon
3-4 scallions, chopped


  • 01

    To roast the tomatoes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and sugar on a rimmed baking sheet and toss well to coat.  Bake for about 40 minutes, tossing once or twice during cooking.  Remove from the oven and let cool.

  • 02

    In a large bowl, combine the beans, feta, lemon zest and juice, scallions, and roasted tomatoes.  Toss well to combine.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  Serve cool or at room temperature.


  • Annie, this sounds lovely! Great alternative to refried beans!

  • Oooh yeah, this looks awesome. Would be great wrapped in a tortilla or for veggie tacos!

  • Claire

    Looks great! I, too, am already in the holiday spirit. I am hosting a cookie exchange party this year, and your sugar cookies give me such inspiration. :)

  • reminds me kinda like a greek salad sans lettuce and the dressing. this sounds really good :) i would love to make this sometime! it’s so easy too!

  • Mexican with a Greek twist, how fun! Can’t wait to try it!

  • You had me at feta! I am definitely trying this!

  • Those look great! I bet they’d go well with a few more veggies inside your homemade tortillas!

  • This looks so yummy and versatile! Perfect easy recipe to have in your back pocket for the holidays!

  • I am always looking for new side dish options! This looks amazing since I am a huge feta cheese fan!

  • yum! this looks like a nice alternative side dish, or even as a light lunch salad!

  • Totally trying this. After having the bean burritos, I’ve been on a black bean kick. Have been looking for some new side dishes to try with them. Thanks, girl!

  • Cheryl

    Yum! I make a dish like this quite often and serve it over brown rice. I love the flavor combo and never get tired of it!…but, then, I could eat feta cheese by the handful!! I have not, however, roasted the tomatoes, so I will be doing that next time because it sounds like it would really amp up the flavor!

  • Stephanie

    Made this tonight! Was delicious! I added some black pepper and balsamic vinegar really liked how it turned out. I already have plans to use it as a burrito filling for tomorrows lunch :)

  • after all the sugar loads this salad sounds like the perfect meal!

  • All my favorite things in one bowl! I really love the simplicity of it!

  • YUM, amazing for a side dish. cant wait to try!

  • MM MMM MMM! This is what I like to call a “spoon salad,” without a bunch of lettuce! I definitely LOVE my spoon salads, so thanks a bunch for adding this one to the rotation! :) it looks absolutely delicious. I love that you chose to make it a side for a Mexican main entree. I often find myself wondering what would be a healthy complement to Mexican food. I’ve got the perfect answer now!

  • Love the look of this, and I’m in the same mood. I don’t always get into the spirit, but I’m ready to go this year. I’m so glad you’re already thinking cookie!!! I cannot wait!

  • Sarah

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to make it. Is the sugar necessary?

  • Louann Zundel

    Made this for dinner last night and it was amazing! The roasted tomatoes and their juices are sooo delicious and add so much flavor to the salad.

  • Made this for dinner last night…delicious! When roasting the tomatoes, i substituded agave nectar for the sugar. The dish had great flavor. I topped it with some grilled shrimp, and it was the perfect weeknight dinner!

  • Christy

    This sounds great. You could add some corn, serve in corn tortillas or with a side of cornbread to make a complete protein (corn+beans=complete protein) and change this from a side dish to a great vegetarian main dish. Thanks!

  • Christy

    Made this tonight. Good stuff, although my lemon was VERY juicy and even though I only added the juice of half of it, my beans were a bit too ‘lemony’ (if that’s a word – ha!). It was delicious eaten as a dip with tortilla chips. This would be great to make at the beginning of the week (even a double recipe) to have for lunches and/or snack on throughout the week. Thanks Annie!

  • Momlovesyoga

    I made this today and it was yummy! If I may share, I didn’t add the sugar or green onions but did add some diced red onions to the roasted tomatoes about 5 mins bf the end of cooking. I also added some Jane’s Crazy Salt Greek style..And I used this bean mixture to top off some chopped romaine. I only did a few twists to it bc I lacked those ingredients. But wanted to share them! Next time I will most likely try the recipe as is, but I just need to pick up those items. I also may try this twisted w limes and cilantro…anyhooo LOVE your blog and cannot wait to try more of your recipes!!!

  • Kristin

    Tried this last night as a side dish with the chicken taquitos – we LOVED it! Of course, with ingredients such as black beans, roasted tomatoes, and feta cheese, what’s not to love?!

  • Heather

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was beyond DIVINE!!! I could eat it morning, noon and night. I also didn’t add the sugar, loved it with out.

  • I made this yesterday. I omitted the sugar and lemon juice and added some fresh parsley. Delish!!

  • yum! i’m making this tonight :)
    thanks for the recipe!

  • Jennie

    Made this for dinner tonight-added carmelized onions and some chiles…such a good way to use tomatoes! We loved it over couscous. Thanks so much for all your work-every recipe of yours I’ve ever made works great!

  • Dani

    I had this at a neighbors’ house and had to get the recipe!!!! I am soooo glad she subscribes to you. This recipe is soo good you forget it is healthy. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes!! You have inspired me !!!

  • annieseats

    So glad you enjoyed it!