I feel ridiculous.

summer chickpea salad with honey garlic lime vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

This is so easy. But it tastes SO FAB. I’m embarrassed to tell you about it but apparently not too embarrassed to tell you since it’s here.

It’s so a make-Monday-better type of thing. An I-drank-way-too-many-summer-beers-because-they-taste-so-good-with-citrus type of thing. A perfect pool-pig-out-food-and-still-wear-a-swimsuit type of thing. A leave-extra-room-for-one-of-those-chocolate-peanut-butter-haagen-dazs-ice-cream-bars type of thing. An I-can’t-stop-shopping-all-these-summer-sales-but-forget-to-bring-a-snack type of thing. An idea-you-must-share-with-invisible-internet-friends-on-your-annoying-blog type of thing.

It can be lunch or dinner or whatever you want!

summer chickpea salad with honey garlic lime vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

I don’t know whyyyyy it just tastes so good.

Okay I do know why.

It’s the corn and the honey and the garlic and the herbs and the lime and all that. And once it sits, it’s just phenomenal. I cannot eat chickpeas any other way at the moment. I’ve been making this salad on Sundays for the last couple weeks and eating it until it’s gone. CANNOT STOP.

summer chickpea salad with honey garlic lime vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

Um, and last week after I made it, I had some leftover whipped feta from a party and get this… spread the whipped feta on toast… topped it with the chickpea mixture. UGH. Dead. Just delicious.

More than once I came back from working out and was starving and just dug in with a fork for breakfast and didn’t even care. Tastes that perfect.

summer chickpea salad with honey garlic lime vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

I like to heat the vinaigrette a bit so the garlic cooks and you’re not all omg-I-just-ate-a-huge-chunk-of-raw-garlic-in-this-bite. Sometimes I can deal with it and sometimes I can’t, and with this salad, I prefer not to. There are so many other things you can add to this based on your preferences too – you can even coarsely chop the chickpeas and use it as a vehicle for chips. For weeks I was eating it with some toast spread with coconut oil (as pictured) but now… the whipped feta just wins. It’s ridiculous to do it any other way.

And!! The best part is that it takes minutes to throw together and LASTS. I like it best once it’s sat in the fridge for a bit so all the flavors can marry (I hate that expression) but it’s not anything close to terrible if you want to eat it right away. It may even be a bit warm from the dressing which is serious stuff. Good serious stuff. Seriously serious.

summer chickpea salad with honey garlic lime vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com


Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette

Yield: serves about 4

Total Time: 35 minutes


3 cups chickpeas (or 2 (15-ounce) cans, drained and rinsed)
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 ears grilled corn, cut from the cob
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 lime, juiced and zested


In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, onions, corn, tomatoes, basil and chives. Toss well with the salt and pepper. In a small saucepan, add the oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, lime juice and zest. Heat over low heat and whisk until the mixture is warm and garlic cloves are sizzling a bit.

Pour the liquid over the chickpeas and and toss well to coat. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. It tastes better as it sits! Serve with toasted baguettes spread with coconut oil or whipped feta.

summer chickpea salad with honey garlic lime vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

now you have room for ice cream.

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142 Responses to “The Simple Chickpea Salad I’m Losing My Mind Over.”

  1. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 23, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    My kind of summer food! I could eat this daily.


  2. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — June 23, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    I’m so in love with chickpeas and this is my kind of salad. Sometimes simple is just the best, ya know?!


  3. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 23, 2014 @ 7:25 am

    Yes please!! Salads like this that can be thrown together quickly and last all week are my favourites and I typically make a big one every Sunday for my weekday lunches. This sounds absolutely amazing! You know I’m a sucker for the grilled corn! ;)


  4. #
    CakePants — June 23, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    This looks like a great summery side dish (although I have a feeling I’ll be eating it long after summer is over, since I’m a huge fan of chickpeas)! I don’t know that I’d eat it for breakfast, though – but that does stand as a testament to how delicious it is :)


  5. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 23, 2014 @ 7:40 am

    Chickpeas for breakfast? That is a DEFINITE sign of yumminess. I have been pondering ways to eat more chickpeas lately. So, this salad? It’s pretty much the most perfect ever. Pinned!


  6. #
    Kim in MD — June 23, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    Yum- I LOVE chickpeas, and I would definitely eat a bowl of this for breakfast!


  7. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 23, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    Who knew chickpeas could be so pretty? This looks awesome!!


  8. #
    Colleen — June 23, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    Sounds amazing! And healthy….so, yeh, eat it for every meal while you are lounging at the beach! Not that I would do that…


  9. #
    Cheyenne — June 23, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    this looks goood. i’ve been looking for new recipes with chickpeas, i’m gonna make this one soon!
    xo, cheyenne


  10. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — June 23, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    It has to be the weather but in even the cold in the southern hemisphere; I want this salad!


  11. #
    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — June 23, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    Yum! Chickpea salads are the best. I need to make this for lunches.


  12. #
    Rebecca — June 23, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    I just love chickpeas and chickpea salad in every possible variation :D
    Thanks for sharing, rebecca


  13. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — June 23, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    This salad has my name all over it! Pretty sure I’ll eat it no less than 200 times this summer!


  14. #
    Katryn — June 23, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    This looks so delicious and fresh and tasty! Also, I noticed that the recipe says ‘1 pink cherry tomatoes.’ I’m assuming it should be a pint of cherry tomatoes instead of a pink? ;-)


    • Jessica — June 23rd, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

      hahaha yes! oops.


  15. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 23, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Looks delish and it’s the simple salads that I end up craving the most! Especially during the summer! pinned


  16. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 23, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    I’d be losing my mind too! Sometimes the simple things are the best things! And this with the whipped feta and crostini? Uhhh yes yes yes.


  17. #
    Raquel @ My California Roots — June 23, 2014 @ 10:06 am

    These kinds of meals are my favorite! The more stuff and the more dressing, the better! I love how you cook the vinaigrette first.. I’ve never thought of that and I usually end up using not nearly as much garlic as I’d like to avoid garlic breath. But you’re so smart! Cooked vinaigrette for the win.


  18. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — June 23, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    perfect-easy-week-night-dinner kind of thing


  19. #
    Athena P. — June 23, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    This looks awesome! My favorite recipes of yours are the simple ones. Like the mushroom and chicken noodle soup or the mushrooms on toast (staples in my house)! Excited for the book AND for this recipe.


  20. #
    Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} — June 23, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    This sounds really delicious, especially with the whipped feta!


  21. #
    Nora&Laura — June 23, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    OH YES!! this looks so delicious <3


  22. #
    Emily R — June 23, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    Oh my gosh, adding this to my weekly menu STAT. Perfect summer recipe!


  23. #
    Caitlin — June 23, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    i need this in my lunch life! im excited because i have most of these herbs growing on my balcony and they desperately need to be used soon.


  24. #
    Liz — June 23, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    This may be my favorite typo because it’s just so you :)

    “1 pink cherry tomatoes, quartered’


    • Jessica — June 23rd, 2014 @ 8:10 pm



  25. #
    Michelle Hill — June 23, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    Love the bite mark on the bread hee hee.
    This salad is beautiful and looks delish! thanks for sharing :)


  26. #
    Matt Robinson — June 23, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    I would lose my mind over this too, such a perfect summer lunch or even dinner!


  27. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — June 23, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    You and I are totally on the same page! Last week I made a chickpea salad for dinner (hubby gone means I eat like a spa snob)…then I immediately made more to eat for the rest of the week! Um, terrible of me to drizzle bbq sauce over it? So good. I even finely chopped some cauliflower florettes and BAM those are killer after sitting in the vinegar-y dressing!


  28. #
    Sarah@ The Gold Lining Girl — June 23, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

    Yes, this!! This is definitely happening. It sounds so fresh and summery! And easy to put together. I always need quick meals because I’m on-the-go a lot. Thanks for sharing.


  29. #
    tara — June 23, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    This looks delicious! Love the idea of whipped feta.

    Also, I laughed out loud when you said marry (I hate that expression) because I HATE THAT EXPRESSION TOO! Why is that a thing? It shouldn’t be a thing. In fact, you should come up with a better term so marry (in cooking terms) is no longer a thing.


  30. #
    Hristina — June 23, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    This looks so yummy!!! Perfect where you don’t have much time for cooking :-)



  31. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — June 23, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    THANK HEAVENS for recipes like this.! I get in such a rut with simple salad-y type things and I always need stuff like this.


  32. #
    Alex @ Kenzie Life — June 23, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    Looks so easy and refreshing!


  33. #
    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — June 23, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    My newly turned vegetarian BF will love this!


  34. #
    Emily aka The Three Bite Rule — June 23, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

    Yum! I’m always on the lookout for salads that can I can chop-once and eat for days!


  35. #
    Eileen — June 23, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    This is exactly the kind of salad I love to have in the fridge for emergency lunches! Or, you know, just for ordinary planned lunches. :) So easy and delicious!


  36. #
    Larry — June 23, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    I LOVE GARBANZO BEANS! But I hate to call them chick peas. Is that a regional kinda thing…? Whatever you call them, I call THIS amazing!!!


  37. #
    Heather — June 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    Beautiful, cannot wait to try out this week!


  38. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 23, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    I can totally see why you’re losing your mind over this salad! It looks awesome!


  39. #
    Stacey — June 23, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    I just made this and before it even chilled I tried it…yummmm! So good, can’t wait to eat it for lunch this week!


    • Jessica — June 23rd, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

      so glad you liked it!


  40. #
    Brenda — June 23, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    Want to make for a gathering this Friday because it looks SO Delicious! How many Pink Cherry tomatoes??!!! Really! Thanks!


    • Jessica — June 23rd, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

      haha that was a typo – it’s a pint of tomatoes!


  41. #
    Emily — June 23, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

    Yum! I’m pinning this for the next time I need to bring a salad to a potluck. Or for tomorrow night, whatever comes first.


  42. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — June 23, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    Wow! This salad looks fabulous! I love the grilled corn and that honey dressing, awesome!


  43. #
    Brenda Rodrigues — June 23, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

    I love cickpeas, of course i will love this salad!


  44. #
    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — June 23, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

    You are making me want to try to love chickpeas again. With whipped feat and bread, where can I go wrong?


    • Jennifer A — June 24th, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

      Me too! Not an absolute fan, but may try them again since this looks SO delicious!


  45. #
    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health — June 23, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

    Girl, you sold me on this one! I’m obsessed with corn and pretty much everything else in here. I cannot wait to whip up a batch and shove it in my face,


  46. #
    Ala — June 24, 2014 @ 1:29 am

    I rarely get this excited about summer salads. Well, I’m excited now! Most definitely sharing this one everywhere I know how. Delicious!


  47. #
    Bussman @ Zanduco — June 24, 2014 @ 1:58 am

    A perfect home made food! Thank you for sharing this Delicious food! Cheers:)


  48. #
    Millie// addalittle — June 24, 2014 @ 2:08 am

    So not ridiculous! I love chickpeas – my mum found a 12 pack for £1.50!! SAY WHAAAA?


  49. #
    Kaja — June 24, 2014 @ 5:54 am

    Looks truly amazing!!! Will try that one out :)



  50. #
    Rachel Cooks — June 24, 2014 @ 9:00 am

    Oooh this is my kind of salad!



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