Toasted Chickpea, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Toasted Chickpea, Tomato, and Feta Salad

July 16, 2010

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Happy Feta Friday! Yet another successful salad was created this evening for dinner which was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Chickpea, Cherry Tomato, and Feta Salad. I had sort of strange cravings so I put my own spin on this salad.

Martha’s recipe calls for: serves 1

1/4 cup canned chickpeas
1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon salt
Ground pepper

My salad contained: serves 1

• 1/4 cup canned toasted chickpeas seasoned with garlic salt, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. I just rolled the chickpeas in some olive oil in a sauce pan for a bit until they were nice and browned. It adds a nice little texture to the chickpeas and definitely a lot more flavor, but when I have more time I’m definitely going to roast them for even more crunch!
• a generous bed of mixed greens. I added the greens to make it a bit more substantial since it was my dinner.
• handful of quartered cherry tomatoes
• handful of Athenos lemon, garlic, and oregano feta cheese (I didn’t have oregano on hand so this feta worked perfectly!)
• handful of diced cucumber
• couple squirts of fresh lemon juice, as a dressing
• pinch of salt, not much is needed at all
• ground pepper

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As you can see I mostly eyeballed my recipe while loosely following Martha’s. And the lemon, garlic, and oregano feta paired perfectly with the nutty and buttery flavors of the chickpeas. A nice, refreshing salad to wind down a crazy (and HOT!) week!

FETA FRIDAY

Boston is gearing up for a heat wave this weekend! What about the rest of you in other cities? Leave a comment on this post by Monday, July 19th by 11:59PM EST telling us how you plan on keeping cool this weekend! Heading to the beach? Staying indoors? Drinking lots of lemonade? Making any cool and refreshing recipes?

We’ll randomly select a winner who will receive the Athenos Feta Friday prize pack which includes lots of fun goodies:

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• Free Athenos Feta coupon
• 1-month gym membership to LifeTime Fitness
• Athenos water bottle
• Athenos Feta recipe booklet
• Salad shaker travel container (great for picnics or taking your lunch to work!)
• Reusable lunch bag

Happy Friday! Stay cool and drink lots of H20 😉

[Chels]

41 Responses to "Toasted Chickpea, Tomato, and Feta Salad"

  1. I am planning on getting a lot of blogging reviews done and stay in my air conditioned house!

  2. I’m starving now!

    I live on a lake so I plan on staying cool this weekend by taking lots of dips and rides on the jet ski.

  3. Danielle says:

    I’m actually gonna sweat it up at Zumba tomorrow morning, but will quickly retreat home to go swimming! Another heat wave’s on the way…good times – NOT 😛

  4. jessica says:

    this weekend i get to spend in a nice and cool hotel room enjoying a wedding!

  5. joan says:

    It is going to be 100 degrees this week-end in Sacramento CA. Tomorrow morning, early, my sister and I are going to the farmers market. The rest of the day I will be in an air conditioned house! Sunday we want to BBQ. Hopefully by 6:00 it will start to cool down.

  6. Lexi says:

    That looks SO good!

    The heat in DC has been ridiculous, and I am not a fan at all! I actually don’t have any plans for the weekend yet, which is totally fine with me. The last several have been so jam-packed, so it is nice to have some free time!

  7. Andrea says:

    I’m staying cool with a girls spa day! Otherwise, this heat is unavoidable!

  8. carmen says:

    DEFINITELY staying indoors! :).

  9. DianaHayes says:

    By doing all the cleaning inside where the air conditioning is.

  10. KHQ333 says:

    This weekend will be steamy hot here so I’ll be:
    1. Checking out Crowded House in concert tomorrow night at the Boston House of Blues!
    2. Chilling in the AC and drinking lots of water the rest of the time.
    Ah, summer!

  11. Heather says:

    I plan on hitting up the farmer’s market and then sitting in the air conditioning the rest of the weekend.

  12. Jessica says:

    This weekend will be a scorcher in Florida, but I plan on spending most of it in the pool!

  13. anna says:

    Its only going to be 80 here tomorrow. Maybe head to Saturday market in downtown portland and do a little yardwork and then cook up a little bbq. Then relax

  14. Simply Life says:

    Oh that salad looks amazing! I plan on drinking tons of water and staying in front of our fans 🙂

  15. Joanne says:

    This is exactly my kind of salad! I’m a sucker for anything that involves feta and chickpeas…heaven in a bowl.

    NYC is expecting a heat wave as well. I plan on staying cool by drowning myself in ice cream. Does life get any better?

  16. Jan says:

    Looks like the chickpeas also plumped as you toasted them. I will absolutely try that. I just realized I don’t have any chickpeas in the puny number of recipes I have on my blog. What’s up with that?
    It’s going to be 101° with 74% humidity this weekend, :-0 and I will spend the “cool” parts of it spraying the poison ivy that has sprouted in my yard and mowing, hopefully without slinging any of the despicable weed all over the place. Then I will cool off with herbal iced tea and bathe my dogs. 🙂

  17. Rebecca P says:

    Here in FL it is killer hot but raining almost everyday too so killer humidity added to the heat! Ugh. Will try to go the beach in between rain showers, otherwise the a.c. is calling my name.

  18. Robin says:

    We are headed to the beach, it’s hot on the west coast!

  19. Sharon says:

    I love the idea of toasting/roasting the chickpeas…and the flavored Athenos feta cheeses are sooo good too. All of your Feta/ WANM recipes are wonderful…thanks for sharing them!
    I will definitely be drinking anything with ice in it..and maybe a dip in my neighbor’s pool in between.

  20. Joanna says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, ladies!

    This dish looks wonderful! I’m a sucker for anything with chick peas.

    I’ll be spending much of summer ocean side, and making lots of homemade froyo to keep cool 🙂

  21. Jean says:

    Lots and Lots of swimming. What better way to stay cool and get in the weekend workouts than lots of laps in the pool

  22. Lori says:

    The recipes using feta have been fantastic- but fess up, aren’t you guys getting just a little sick of the stuff? 🙂

  23. Erica says:

    Oh my goodness I would love to win this! I have a new obsession with feta and all the gifts look fun. Beach weekend for sure!

    xo

  24. Leah says:

    Metro NY has a hot block for the next few days. We are becoming one with our air conditioning… and an icebox cake! 🙂

  25. Shirley says:

    Watching a movie (Inception) and staying indoors

  26. Erin says:

    Lots of watermelon.. all cut up 🙂

  27. Teawench says:

    Air conditioning, hot tea during the day, cold cocktails at night and lots of salads, most with feta cheese!

  28. Melissa says:

    Frozen yogurt. And lots of it!

  29. Shannon says:

    eating lots of watermelon 🙂 this salad sounds awesome!!

  30. Courtney L says:

    defiantely headed to the ocean and it was cool and relaxing!

  31. Courtney says:

    heading to the lake and laying on a tube all day…of course slathering up the sunscreen as well!! Stay cool ladies 🙂

  32. Lauren says:

    Drinking lots of ice water helps me stay cool!

  33. Cathy says:

    It was disgustingly hot in Chicago this weekend as well and I stayed cool by eating coconut “real fruit” bars….they are delicious and so refreshing! I love the little bits of coconut in them.

  34. Meagan says:

    I will me eating lots of ice cream!

  35. MichellePC says:

    This weekend, I spent a lot of time outdoors – biking, swimming, and eating ice cream, mostly. It was hot, but beautiful outside!

  36. Melanie says:

    This salad is SO GOOD and SO easy! I’ve been having it for lunch every day!

  37. Jen says:

    I’ll be cooling off with a salad, and some bread to dip in cucumber raita.

    I just mix some nonfat plain greek yogurt with some cumin and coriander with a chopped up cucumber from the farmer’s market. It’s such a refreshing and healthy snack!

  38. Katie says:

    ice cream. buckets of it.

  39. delia says:

    Ice cream and cold water!

  40. Bridget says:

    I was on a boat all day Saturday…perfect for keeping cool in the heat!! It was crazy, the wave of hot air we hit when we came back to the marina in the city!!

  41. Sharlene says:

    Mmm I’ve never thought about toasting my chickpeas! Sounds delicious. I’ve been all about the hummus and/or salads this summer. It’s too hot!

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