My spinach chickpea salad can be a full meal! Loaded with veggies and plenty of protein, you’ll love the warm chickpeas on the healthy greens!
Beans and Spinach Recipe
Both spinach and garbanzo beans (chickpeas) are excellent sources of dietary fiber. Fiber is essential for digestive health as it promotes regular bowel movements, helps prevent constipation, and supports a healthy gut microbiome.
One caveat about this salad is that it doesn’t fare well overnight refrigerated. The spinach tends to become very limp, I think. While it’s still delicious, it might not have the visual appeal of making it immediately. Some salads do well even two to three days refrigerated.
You might want to gobble this one up quickly!
Chickpeas Spinach Salad
Spinach and garbanzo beans are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and various phytonutrients. These compounds help combat oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Salad with Chickpeas and Spinach
The fiber, potassium, and low saturated fat content in this salad can contribute to heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The fiber and protein content in the salad can promote a feeling of fullness, potentially helping with appetite control and weight management.
Spinach Garbanzo Salad
Spinach and garbanzo beans are relatively low in calories, making this salad a great choice for those looking to manage their weight.
You can enjoy a satisfying meal without consuming excessive calories. And, this salad can be a meal. If you want to add more protein, consider grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon!
Garbanzo beans are a good source of plant-based protein. Protein is essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair and immune system support.
Chickpea Salad with Spinach
To maximize the health benefits, I’ve added other vegetables and walnuts.
The light vinaigrette dressing to your spinach and garbanzo bean salad intentionally does not overpower the taste and textures of the vegetables. This type of vinaigrette enhances the flavor and provides a broader range of nutrients and textures.
Now, chickepeas are powerful nutrients.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein, making them a valuable addition to vegetarian and vegan diets. Protein is essential for muscle repair, immune function, and overall growth and development.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are high in dietary fiber, particularly soluble fiber.
Fiber supports digestive health by promoting regular bowel movements, preventing constipation, and feeding beneficial gut bacteria.
It also helps regulate blood sugar levels and may contribute to weight management by promoting a feeling of fullness.
- 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. salt
- SALAD INGREDIENTS
- 4 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped, packed
- 1 cup cocktail cucumbers, sliced
- 1 cup celery, sliced
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, whole leaves
- 1 cup roasted red pepper slices, drained, slices
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, half of the 1/2 cup above or 1/4 cup
- 3 Tbl. balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbl. garlic, finely minced
- 1 Tbl. freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- In a small saute pan over medium heat put 1/4 cup of olive oil, the drained garbanzo beans, Italian seasoning and salt. Cook about 5 minutes tossing and stirring some. Reduce heat to medium low and cook another 5 minutes. Toss and stir a few times.
- Put the remaining salad ingredients in a bowl. Top with the warm cooked garbanzo beans.
- In a measuring cup, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. Drizzle on the salad.
- Toss, blend well, serve.