Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Chickpea Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Chickpea & Spinach Salad w/ Cumin Dressing

I absolutely LOVE the flavors in this lower fat salad. It makes for a terribly satisfying lunch.


1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon honey
4 cups baby spinach leaves (packed)
1 Tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh mint


1. In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, parsley and onion.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice and zest, cumin, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Pour the dressing over the chickpea mixture and toss to coat evenly.

3. In another small bowl, stir together the yogurt, orange juice and zest, and honey.

4. Serve the chickpea salad over a bed of spinach leaves. Top with yogurt sauce and garnish with the mint.

Nutrition Facts- Amount Per Serving (salad divided into 4 equal portions):
Calories 216, Calories From Fat (34%) 74.26, Total Fat 8.5g, Sat Fat 1g , Cholesterol 0.70mg, Sodium 362.70mg, Potassium 421.57mg, Carbohydrates 29.5g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugar 1g, Net Carbs 23.50g, Protein 7.21g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 6

Source: (via The Food You Crave)

8 Responses to “Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing”

  1. postedMar 21, 2009 4:59 AM

    Okay, I should mention that I make this all the time and it’s a huge hit. I’ll be making it for a dinner party tonight too! Yay!

  2. postedMar 22, 2009 1:07 AM

    A must try for me! Especially as I have a garbanzo addiction! Thanks for sharing, cheers!

  3. postedMar 24, 2009 5:06 PM

    I love chickpeas…this looks GREAT!

  4. postedApr 1, 2009 7:31 AM

    This looks amazing. My girlfriend loves chickpeas on salad. We made one with toasted chickpeas, ricotta salata, beats and parsley a few weeks ago and have been looking for new inspiration. Definitely trying this soon!


  5. postedApr 2, 2009 5:11 PM

    seriously, this salad is soooo tasty! light and refreshing, and surprisingly satisfying (especially after you eat bite after bite, not being able to stop!)

    thanks for the recipe.

  6. postedApr 12, 2009 4:25 PM

    Delicious salad – a great blend of so many fresh flavors!

  7. postedJan 4, 2010 3:07 PM

    I made this salad for dinner tonight and was amazed at how filling it was. Keeper!

  8. postedFeb 6, 2010 2:36 PM

    a very good salad, but for a dinner or meal portion, there is no way it feeds 4 (more like 2-3). Or maybe I was being too generous with the chickpeas and not enough spinach. that’s how I roll!!

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