Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing

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This Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing is one of my favorite things to eat for lunch.

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I live in a beautiful city full of beautiful people (in coastal Southern California). Petite, bikini-clad women and hard-bodied men frequent the beaches. Healthy-minded folks demand spa-style cuisine and organic coffee shops.

Go for a drive on the weekend and you’ll see bike riders and runners everywhere you look. And let’s just say that cosmetic surgeons do quite well here.

Mission Beach Boardwalk

I won’t ever be classified as ‘petite.’ I’m rarely seen in a one-piece bathing suit (let alone a bikini!) I’d order Mexican food over a salad anytime. I might bike or run around the neighborhood (but no further). And I haven’t had any plastic surgery.

I do love where I live, but I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I just won’t ever be one of those people, and I’m still working on feeling okay about that.

My newfound ‘love’ of exercise and eating healthy is turning out to be a wonderful experience. Who knew that there could be recipes out there that can be so satisfying and delicious, and they don’t make you fat? My family is going to benefit from this as well. I don’t want junk around, so there won’t be junk around! I find myself thinking more about experimenting with new, fresh flavors as well as how I can incorporate more vegetables in my meals.

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Look at all of those fresh, spa-like ingredients… fresh spinach, chickpeas, red onion, Italian parsley, a lemony cumin vinaigrette, and an orange-tainted yogurt sauce!

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This is a fabulous lunch choice from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave. I like to pair it with shredded lamb and a few orange slices to make a complete and filling mid-day meal.

I actually sit down… in the kitchen to eat this salad. Usually I’m on the run or eating in front of my computer screen. I force myself to eat slowlyrelax and enjoy my lunch. It’s a wonderful salad with a light and flavorful dressing. Salads are pretty much a lunch staple around here, but it’s nice to make one that is a little bit different once in a while

Those spa-obsessed, perfect-people mentioned above might even like this one too (but none of them are invited to my house for lunch).

Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing

I absolutely LOVE the flavors in this lower fat salad. It makes for a terribly satisfying lunch.
Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:15 to 20 minutes

  • 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
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per serving:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 2, Points Plus Program: 6, Old Points Program: 6
SOURCE: (via The Food You Crave)

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  • Aggie wrote:

    I am on a spinach salad kick right now – well, trying to be, ha ha!! This looks amazing and exactly what I’m craving for lunch right now!

  • Valerie wrote:

    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!!

  • Kay wrote:

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

  • Diane wrote:

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

  • Erica wrote:

    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.

  • Will wrote:

    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!


  • marguerite wrote:

    I love chickpeas…this looks GREAT!

  • Heidi / Savory Tv wrote:

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

  • aleta wrote:

    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!