Roasted Summertime Chickpea Salad.
What comes after 28 ounces of cheese… err, give or take – specifically give, considering Tuesday’s cheesecake – when you’ve just had… enough.
Enough of everything.
I’ve had enough of being an adult. No, really… more than enough. I’m through with being a grown up.
I mean, I don’t even act like an adult half the time. More like three-quarters of the time. I don’t make my freaking bed. I don’t clean up after myself. In front of me on the living room floor, the main gathering space in our home, I currently spy four pairs of socks that I ripped off after workouts this week along with shoes and hats and empty water bottles. You’d think I could walk these things up the stairs. Or better yet, into the laundry room. But no. I can’t.
It’s a constant internal battle every evening to wash my face. Isn’t washing your face at night, when you’re exhausted, just the WORST? It is. Tell me it is. I push the limit when it comes to showering. I refuse to unload the dishwasher until the dirty dishes are piled so high that I can’t physically move in my kitchen. I have no idea how I can ever teach another small human being how to behave properly.
What’s really thrown me for a grown-up loop is having to spend three days getting unexpected, very expensive work done on my car, while I have like a million other important things to do such as go to Whole Foods because I’m a brat and make grilled cheese’s with peaches inside. After day three, the nice service man, who clearly thinks I’m insane and is well aware that I have no business being near any sort of car maintenance – I’m sure the pink shoes and Midnight Cowboy shadow on my lids had nothing to do with giving it away… – gave me a loaner car because I was having a full on major fah-reak out over getting things done before I leave for vacation. That was nice of him.
And the first thing I did was run to Lowe’s (another place I have no business being), park my car, get frustrated because I couldn’t find what I needed and was too proud to ask for assistance, then came back outside and walked around for 10 minutes searching for “my car,” which was really not “my car.” But I had already forgot that I was driving a different car.
Then I went to the grocery store and did the same thing. Five full minutes spent losing my marbles, swearing up and down that “somebody STOLE my car, OMG,” texting my husband who is hundreds of miles away and doing very important things that don’t include buying toffee-studded chocolate bars just so I could have them to eat while watching Crazy, Stupid Love for the 21st time.
And THEN I had to come home to a house with no power, and I left all my belongings in my real car, which I was not driving, and I was locked out of my house because I am from the internet generation and we are unaware of what KEYS are for. Can’t some magical electronic device just beam me inside?
So… I’m done.
This is the sort of meal that I eat when I feel like I have to act like an almost-thirty year old, but guess what? I’m not doing that today. I did it last week. And it was pretty delicious – as delicious as beans and roasted vegetables can be, covered in additional cheese because seriously? Do you really think I can do something like this cheese-less? No. Impossible. But put grilled corn and beans in almost anything and I’ll eat it. Probably.
But today I’m just going to eat chocolate. Because I said so.
Roasted Summertime Chickpea Salad
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
4 ears of fresh corn, corn cut from the cob
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 (15-ounce) cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 avocado, chopped
3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
1 tablespoon freshly chopped mint
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and add tomatoes, peppers, corn, onions and garlic. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, toss, then roast for 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
While veggies are cooling, add chickpeas to a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together remaining olive oil, vinegar and honey. Set aside.
Add veggies to the chickpeas in the bowl. Add in fresh herbs, then crumble on gorgonzola. Drizzle with dressing, tossing to coat, then top with freshly chopped avocado. Season more if desired. Serve immediately!
Ahhh… I feel better already.
107 Comments on “Roasted Summertime Chickpea Salad.”
I absolutely HATE car drama. During the winter (of course) I’d be driving down the road coming home from school. It was always dark, I was always on a faster road, and the car would just randomly die. I’d give it to the shop for a week at a time and they’d fix this ($350) or that ($500) and it would still die. Got so bad I was scared to drive anywhere afraid I’d be rear ended.
Nope don’t envy anyone with car trouble.
What a wonderful dish!!! I haven’t had chickapeas in a long time, and now I must have them. Have a wonderful day!!
That looks delicious!
Oh, and I agree – I hate having to grow up :(
This looks yummy! :-)
This looks amaaazing. I’m a big chickpea fan, even moreso when they’re covered in all this other good stuff. Also I’m totally with you on the ‘nothing can be cheeseless’ thing – my own blog is pretty much an advert for cheese :(
Chickpeas just scream summer for me.
I somehow get the feeling that, as a child, you must have read Judith Voirst’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” That’s exactly what you experienced. BTW: salad reads as a delicious end to that kind of day.
I’ve had a basket of unfolded laundry on my floor for at least 2 weeks now… At this rate I’ll never need to fold it. And this salad looks freakin’ incredible. Making. Now.
oh my gosh! You really need a vacation! That day sounds awful :(
I think you should eat more bacon + chocolate :)
Being a grown up is way overrated.
LOL I love your stories! I hate having work done on my car (mainly because I feel super uneducated at the time and if the mechanic tells me something has to be done that costs $500, what am I supposed to do, tell him he’s lying??) AND I have no business being in Lowe’s either. The staff there seem to know that too, because on the odd occasion that I walk in, I’m usually approached within 10 minutes to ask if I’m finding everything ok. What were you doing there by the way? They don’t sell cheese! ;)
I hear you, I am quite the disaster around the house too… you’d think I could get stuff done, “working from home” – nope! Our husbands are total gems :) And so is this salad – I was going to pull the lazy card and not bring anything to my in-laws bbq this weekend, but this sounds too good not to make!
Being an adult is tough work…. really tough work……. ugh.
Why was it when we were younger we all wanted to grow up so fast?!
I love this dish – perfect combination of summer flavors with a good punch of protein!
Oh I am loving all the ingredients in this – love the addition of the poblano pepper!
You crack me up…and yes, being an adult (or worse, trying to act like one) is the worst. I am glad to hear that I am not the only disaster when it comes to house work and car maintenance. And I hate the way Lowe’s smells…
Wow, I’m tired just reading your post. The salad looks incredible, though!
Help, I’m 25 and I’m stuck in a 49yo body!!!!
I’m going to try this ,because they say chickpeas are the new all around good food for you and I’m going to try and get over that I usually puree them with olive oil ,garlic and lemon. Read you tomorrow…….
Haha so funny, I love you! Here I am climbing over clothes to get into a messy bed with a face full of makeup… I don’t feel alone anymore!! ;)
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Oh Jesss!!! I’m so sorry for your crazy crazy past few days! I also hate being an adult. It sucks. So sometimes I like to drink wine and eat ice cream for dinner b/c that is not something adults do. HA TAKE THAT TIME!
Ugh washing your face is the absolute WORST! Top that off with taking out your contacts and I just want to pout on the bathroom floor and have my husband do it for me. For some reason, he refuses. How rude.
WOW! That was quite a day!! Holy cow. I probably would have gone home, cried and then just gone to sleep after eating spoonfuls of coconut butter for dinner.
This looks divine! I love summery salads :)
Oh yum, more recipes like this plz. Hope your week gets better, if not ~ do what I do ~ eat cannolis!!!
Deeelicious! I made your bacon parmesan chickpea salad last summer, and now I’ll need to try this one!
I LOVE that one!
I’m right there with you about not wanting to act grown up. Every single Saturday night when I finally get home, there’s no way I’m washing my face. It’s straight to faceplanting in bed for me!
Blah, I totally feel ya on washing my face. It’s such a chore but I know I’m going to pay for it later if I don’t.
By the way, this salad looks ridiculously amazing. Pinning right now!
Looks like summertime on a plate! And I agree with you, being a grown up sucks! That’s why we have alcohol :)
every time I go into a carpark, I write the level and the colour of the level in the notes app on my iPhone because I have this fear that someone will steal my car. when i’m in a shopping centre, it generally takes me ages to leave so I’m always checking my notes.
this dish sounds delicious. I’m 110% trying this, I can’t wait.
p.s it could totally go into a short shell taco, yummers!!
Love that idea!
I always love reading you blog, you say so many things that I think all the time…haha! I love it! PS-I totally would have made my husband take the car to the garage. Afterall, don’t they try to take advantage of women anyways?! ;)
Trust me, I totally would have, but he was traveling for work. I definitely think it’s a man’s job!
Sounds like you’ve had a rough few days. I’m sending you some virtual hugs and chocolate!
This salad looks amazing. I love just about anything with chickpeas in it :D
Can we first talk about this being an adult thing … who ever said it was fun LIED. They should be forced to watch bad movies for the rest of their lives!!
Also, lets talk about Whole foods … I went last week for the first time. I want to hide under the shelves and live there forever.
Now the salad … I want it. ASAP.
yeah, being an adult sucks. the best parts are being able to stay up as late as i want, drink legally, get married and have a baby. the rest is terrible.
Also I second Heather’s comment — its the best being able to stay up late, drink, buy frivolous clothes with your own money and eat ice cream for dinner if you want!
Ohhhh, I think now get why you like “Girls” so much — I’ve watched about 4 episodes and want to tell them to grow up (and also I think they’re terrible people, but that’s a slightly different argument.) But if you don’t like feeling grown-up, then maybe you identify with them? Just a thought.
Yeah Jill, totally… Being passive aggressive on the internets is so adult.
PS… Girls was nominated for 5 Emmy’s. Hannah Horvath 4 Life.
When I was little I used to think, “when I grow up, and can do whatever I want, I’m going to eat dairy queen blizzards every single night.” The only reason I really wanted to be an adult was so that no one could stop me from eating nightly dessert. What can I say? I had my priorities straight.
We are living parallel lives. Swear. These events are so familiar to me.
When it was 107 degrees, the A/C quit in my car. The repairman caught me in “full-on major fah-reak out” as you mentioned.
You are sane; I am sane. Repeat.
This looks delicious…and an excellent way to use the abundance of vegetables in my fridge! I think I’ll add zucchini!
muahahaha, you crack me up! I love your story! And, the recipe sounds amazing too. Thank you.
One of the most hilarious posts ever….loved the “internet generation” line. So true! This looks like an delicious bowl of everything I love…sans the cilantro. ;)
I love this! I’m the Cook in the Household, and am constantly creating new bean and grain salads.
Tonight I’m making a Pearl Barley and Chickpea Salad as a Matter of Fact.
I need this salad in my life.
I’m making this.
Washing your face at night is the WORST!
My mouth was salivating this entire post. I just recently went vegan, so 86 the gorgonzola, sub honey for avagae and BAM! I am one happy girl.
This screams summer! I think it would taste fantastic as a dip as well with warm pita! :)
Sorry about your car woes, the worst.
I literally DREAD washing my face at night. It’s one of the worst things ever. But this dish isn’t. It’s one of the best.
I need this salad in my life. I feel like all I’ve been eating is meat lately (not really a bad thing, but my body is craving some veggies).
Sorry to hear about the car drama, I’d totally go home and eat chocolate too.
I feel like you just described my life perfectly. Especially washing my face at night! It’s the absolute worst chore ever!!!!!
I am hosting a baby shower in September, and instead of obsessing about a menu for the next month, reading 2 million blogs for recipes and changing my mind 800 times and way waaaay over-spending on groceries, I was determined to copy a very nice baby shower I saw on one of my favorite blogs, from top to bottom. Menu, decorations, all of it. But then I just read the last 3 recipes, (Roasted Chickpea Salad, white pizza dip and no-bake coconut cream cheesecake) and the all-pink shower with tea sandwiches, deviled eggs, cute etsy decorations etc. train came to a screeching halt. I have to eat that cheese dip. And p.s., I have found the best solution to your face washing woes! I keep pre-moistened facewash towels (like babywipes for your face), by my bed. no one likes to wash their face at night, hence their popularity.