chickpea salad with feta and herbs

I have a new infatuation with chickpeas. It was this salad that did it to me. Before making that, I generally avoided chickpeas in their native form. Sure, I like them all mashed up in garlicky hummus, but individual chickpeas? Not so much.

Chickpeas are standard salad bar fare, and that is essentially how I’ve always thought of them. I never really understood the point of sprinkling a few chickpeas over an iceberg lettuce salad. They seemed unnecessary, superfluous. Boring, even. So I ignored them.

But I have seen the light. Canned chickpeas have become a new staple in my pantry. Granted, I’m the only one who eats them, but that’s okay. I’m also the only one who eats tomatoes. My family does not know what they’re missing, on both counts.

Which means this gorgeous salad was all for me.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Chickpea Salad with Feta and Herbs


1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper


In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, sliced cherry tomatoes, mint and basil.

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and red wine vinegar until combined. Pour over chickpeas and toss together. Add feta cheese and toss gently. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.


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22 Responses to “summer fruit salad with mint sugar”

  1. Magic of Spice — July 10, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

    What a great summer fruit salad…Love the mint sugar:) Will want to try that…

  2. sweetlife — July 11, 2010 @ 12:08 am

    great salad, perfect for summer…love the mint sugar


  3. Chef Dennis — July 11, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    Mint sugar sounds excellent!!! I will definitely try that, thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This is an amazing salad! I ADORE your new look!

  5. Trudy ~ veggie num num — July 11, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    What a delicious and beautiful recipe.. the mint sugar sounds like a very simple but wonderful way to add something extra special to fruit salad.

  6. Baking Serendipity — July 12, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    I can’t believe it is nearly mid-July as well. I kind of like the fast pace of summer, because while I’m not looking forward to the end of summer break, I am looking forward to Phoenix winter. Summers are just too hot! This fruit salad does look beautiful and delicious 🙂

  7. Sophia — July 12, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    The fruit salad looks delicious!! Mint sugar sounds like a a great idea. I’ve made this Fruit Salad with Mint recipe before also, and it was pretty tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jason Phelps — July 12, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    You definitely get creative points for the mint sugar. How about lavender sugar?


  9. Kelsey, at Happyolks — July 14, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    This looks above and beyond good. I’m going to try this asap! I’ll echo Jason on the “creative points” for mint sugar, so cute!

  10. Susan DuPree Trostad — July 15, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    Merry Jennifer,
    I can’t wait to try this! I have an overabundance of mint growing in my yard so I look forward to using the mint for something other than mojitos (well, maybe not 🙂 Anwyay, this sounds and looks delicious!

  11. amy — July 18, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    I recognize that blue and white bowl and have one myself. Louisville Pottery, I think. A wedding gift from Angela, perhaps? 🙂 I LOVE that bowl and enjoy reading this blog.

  12. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — July 20, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    It’s absolutely gorgeous MJ – I recently tried mint sugar for the first time and I am hooked!

  13. lbrookscook — July 20, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    The mint sugar looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try this.

  14. Shelly — July 21, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    Looks delicious and beautiful recipe, the mint sugar is interesting

  15. Constanc e — July 31, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    I use a variety of summer fruits – peaches, cherries, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, apricot – and I add two KIWIS – the little black seeds add some texture and color and it looks beautiful. Everybody raves! Also good over vanilla icecream.

    • merrygourmet

      merrygourmet replied: — August 1st, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

      Kiwis would look beautiful in the salad. Great idea!

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  17. Beautiful salad! I love the above suggestion to include kiwi. Thanks for sending this over (since I didn’t really know you as well back in July) 🙂

  18. Aggie — April 1, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    this is an amazing fruit salad. I love the amped up mint sugar. I have so much mint every summer, would love to use it like this.

  19. Megan — April 3, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Oh my! Yes please. Bring on the fresh fruit and the mint. I want to make this.

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