Do you ever need to hit the restart button?  Like maybe after a weekend of pizza and breadsticks and ice cream…so good at the time, but afterwards your body is just craving something…you know, healthy?  To me, this dish is the perfect restart.  I realize it may not sound like much, and it may sound like it wouldn’t be that good but trust me here.  This is totally crave-worthy all on its own, restart or not.  We enjoyed this as a light summer dinner and then it made for fabulous lunches afterward.  I was totally bummed when it was gone.  Thankfully it’s so simple, it will undoubtedly become a staple in our rotation of quick and easy meals.  Enjoy!


1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
½ red onion, chopped
Corn kernels cut from 4 fresh cobs of corn
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
About 3-4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. honey
3 tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
2-3 tbsp. fresh chives, minced


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Add the grape tomatoes, poblano, red onion, corn, and garlic to the baking sheet.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Toss well and spread the veggies into an even layer.  Roast about 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

  • 02

    Add the chickpeas and feta to a mixing bowl.  In a small bowl, combine 2½ tablespoons of olive oil with the vinegar and honey.  Whisk together to blend until smooth.  Add the cooled vegetables to the bowl with the chickpeas and top with the dressing.  Toss to combine well.  Add the herbs to the bowl and toss lightly to incorporate.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.

  • Yum, I love assorted veggies with beans and a salty cheese. I also like the touch of honey. That’s a wonderful idea to sweeten it up a bit!

  • This looks so simple and delicious. Great idea!

  • Kelsey

    Love it, Annie! I’ve got everything I need for this except the poblano, which is easy enough to pick up. I can’t wait to make this for my lunches!

  • MelissaB

    This sounds awesome! After a weekend of eating junk, this sounds like the perfect way to restart! I am going to make it tonight to have along side some grilled chicken breasts!

  • Ooh, this is what I need to eat tonight, after a boozy weekend. Thanks for the tip, looks delish.

  • Lately I feel like I need the reset button every other day. Too many summer desserts!

  • This just looks like my dream salad. And it’s pretty much funfetti of the healthy variety, right?

  • Marie_FF

    This sounds right up my alley!! Quick, easy and delish! Gotta try this one soon.

  • The Hungry Housewife

    I need to hit the restart button EVERYDAY! sigh. this looks fabulous!

  • Yes! I know what you mean with needing a restart! I was recently away from home/my normal “routine”. I got so frustrated not knowing where my food came from that I decided to challenge myself to eat only local food for a week. I’m almost done, and when I am, I want to try this salad! (I don’t know where to get beans locally.) It looks delicious!

  • annieseats

    Awesome! Good luck with your challenge. Where are you located? I only ask because if you are in my area, I know a local bean producer.

  • Another “spoon salad,” YES! I can never get enough of them. Somehow lettuce salads never fill me up until dinner time–only a spoon salad will do! love this one, Annie :)

  • This looks fantastic!! I love salads like this.

  • Oh my goodness… some of my favorite flavors all rolled into one. This is going on the menu immediately. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow this sounds incredibly delicious and healthy. This is my kind of dish. Thanks for sharing.

  • As a vegetarian and general lover of food, this sounds delish!

  • Sarah

    Looks tasty and I might actually have everything needed to make! And I totally get the restart, sometimes you just need some health food!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Mmm I LOVE chickpeas! This is my kinda salad :)

  • I love salads that aren’t the typical green salads but still offers a ton of vitamins and health benefits! I’ll be trying this out soon!

  • Anything with chickpeas and I’m on board! I love salads like this and they’re so hearty! Can’t wait to try it :)

  • et-tu-tutu

    This looks so yummy! I love that it’s roasted and not just chilled. And feta is a wonderful addition. It’s a staple in my house. :)


  • Jenn

    This is so delicious! Will definitely be making this again.

  • I am always looking for healthy lunch options, and I particularly love chickpea based salads! This looks like something you’d get from the Whole Foods salad bar.

  • sweetsugarbelle

    Oh yes! I’m going to HAVE to make this!

  • Sara A

    This was really delicious. I used half the amount of honey, because I don’t like things too sweet, and it was perfect. I used French sheep’s milk feta, which is really creamy, so the feta didn’t hold together the same, but it sortof coated everything in cheesy delicousness!

    I love anything with chick peas.

  • This looks absolutely beautiful! I love adding chickpeas to salads to make them more filling and nutritious, and your dressing here sounds light and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sscrivani23

    Just made this big hit!!!! Anyone know the weight watchers value lol

  • JolieCat

    This is sooo delicious I can’t stop eating it! I almost didn’t make this because I’ve never liked chickpeas/garbanzos but I’m now officially converted. My only change was to cube the feta and I had to substitute half cider vinegar and half balsamic for the red wine vinegar since that’s what I had here at the beach house. Really superb, Annie!!

  • Georgia Fyke

    This is SO good. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Aimee

    I just made this and it is so yummy. I could eat the whole thing

  • Nicole

    Love Jessica’s recipe!

  • Rosanna

    This was an amazing salad. Very hearty and delicious. I served it with a side of mussels for dinner and it was fabulous. I love the roasted vegetables and it does make a beautiful presentation.

  • bigflavors

    Oh this looks fab! What a great combo :)

  • Erika Frances

    Made this for dinner last night, and it was SO yummy! Even my meat-loving husband said it was delicious and packed it for his lunch today! Thanks for a great recipe. ;-). We served ours with pita chips.

  • Jackie Lockerby

    This was amazing! I’ve had it on my list of “things to try” for a few months and finally had an opportunity yesterday. Even my boyfriend, who almost never agrees to eat a meatless meal, loved it (and stole my leftovers!!) Thanks for the recipe!

  • cookie_o_clock

    After a week on vacation, a restart meal was exactly what we needed! I can’t get over how flavorful but simple this meal is. I know this will be a staple this summer.

  • Stephanie Hart

    I made this as a side salad for a party on the weekend and it was a huge hit, three people asked for the recipe! I can always rely on your recipes to be great and wasn’t even worried about trying it for the first time for company. Thanks for a great blog!