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Chickpea and Spinach Salad

Christopher Hirsheimer

Servings: 4

In this salad, the versatile chickpea goes exotic in a deeply spiced, aromatic lemon and cumin dressing. Fresh herbs punch it up with an unmistakable freshness, and spinach provides a tender bed. An orange-infused yogurt topping creates a cool, creamy contrast. Great as a side salad with grilled meat, it can also work as a vegetarian entrée.


  • One 15.5-oz. cans chickpeas, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbs. plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp. honey
  • 2 oz. baby spinach leaves (about 2 cups lightly packed)
  • 1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh mint

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 175
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 81
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 147
  • Carbohydrates (g): 20
  • Fiber (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 6


  • In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, parsley, and onion. 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. In another small bowl, stir together the yogurt, orange juice and zest, and honey.
  • Serve the chickpea salad over a bed of spinach leaves. Top with the yogurt sauce and garnish with the mint.


Rate or Review


  • brava313 | 09/05/2017

    Quick and easy to put together on a hot day. I especially liked the yogurt-orange sauce. Of the three of us, one gobbled it up enthusiastically, one could hardly eat it, and one (me) found it OK (but I continued tasting raw onions for hours).

  • wigtonmama | 03/28/2014

    The yogurt needs more oomph! I would increase the orange zest to 1 tsp.also the spinach can be mixed with the chickpeas for a more 'serve yourself' version.

  • whatscooking | 07/12/2010

    Dressing is good. I'd throw in some tomatoes next time.

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