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Tomato, Corn and Chickpea Salad

Tomato, Corn and Nectarine Chickpea Salad

Fresh salads are the ideal summer dish. They make the most of seasonal produce and complete any meal. So, to conclude our month tomato recipes, we’re sharing a salad from Liren of Kitchen Confidante. It’s made with chickpeas, sweet corn and juicy nectarines. Here’s how it’s done…

Tomato, Corn And Chickpea Salad
By Liren Baker of Kitchen Confidante

Chickpea salads are a staple at the dinner table. This one uses cherry tomatoes, summer corn and one of my favorite (and woefully underutilized) fruits: nectarines. It’s tossed with chunks of feta cheese and a vibrant vinaigrette, and pairs with everything from grilled chicken to pork chops to skewers of shrimp. I always make extra because leftovers keep nicely — and make the perfect summer lunch.

Recipe: Tomato, Corn And Chickpea Salad
Serves 4 as a side; or 2 as a meal

You’ll need:

1 15 oz can of chickpeas
2 cups cooked corn kernels
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 cups sliced nectarines
1 jalapeño, seeds and pits removed, finely diced
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
2 garlic cloves, mashed
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
6 oz feta cheese, cut in 1/2 inch cubes

Rinse and drain chickpeas. In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, corn, tomatoes, nectarines, jalapeño and cilantro.

In a small bowl, mash together the garlic and salt.

Whisk in the lemon juice, mustard, vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with pepper.

Toss the dressing into the chickpeas and vegetables. Let it sit for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Before serving, stir in feta cheese.

Tomato, Corn And Chickpea Salad

Thank you so much, Liren!

P.S. More recipes, including grilled corn salad and easy couscous salad.

(Recipe and photos by Liren Baker. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. Made this over the weekend and absolutely loved it! My nectarines were not ripe yet and I didn’t have feta cheese so I used peaches and aged cheddar. I’m looking forward to make it again with feta cheese this time!
    Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      That sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing, Jordane! xo

  2. Tory says...

    I made this a few nights ago and it was SO GOOD. My husband kept asking me where I got the recipe and I kept telling him about this blog. Will definitely make this a regular in the summertime.

  3. I love your salad recipes series and made the one with kale and green apple. on my blog. It turned out wonderful =)

    This looks like another keeper!

  4. Susan says...

    We made this salad last night with grilled salmon. Super yummy! We added chopped spinach and used edamame instead of chickpeas. The dressing is light and delish. Loved the nectarines!

  5. This looks delicious! I love corn salads and always eat a tone when it’s in season but have never thought to add nectarines.

  6. Samantha says...

    I can picture this next to grilled salmon, delish!

  7. I really like corn and chickpeas but I never thought to put the two together! This looks like such a delicious recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

  8. Marissa says...

    I would’ve never thought to incorporate all those ingredients…but it looks worth trying!

  9. This looks fantastic! We love to grill fish in the summer, so this looks like the perfect pairing for a healthy fresh summer meal! I love the recipes you feature, keep them coming!

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  10. yael steren says...

    I love grilled corn salads so it’s always fun to come across a new recipe!! If you have any great ones with Watermelon I’d love to see that also!! Thanks so much!! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  11. Oh yes! This looks completely delicious.

  12. Yes please! My pinterest is getting so full of recipes from this blog lately!

  13. LindyO says...

    Guess what’s for dinner? What a wonderful, easy winding down to summer salad. The textures are lovely and the hues of yellow…a bouquet of sunflowers in a bowl.

  14. Yum. We also put nectarines in salads all the time. They are SO GOOD and such a good complement with the vinegar and the savory ingredients.
    An easy, no splash way to mix a vinaigrette is to put the ingredients in a small jar (baby food jars are just right), seal the lid and shake.