Chickpea Spinach Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

 
351/365 Chickpea & Spinach Salad #mostly365

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I LOOOOVE chickpeas.
But that’s not all… I don’t think I’ve said this before, but I also really, really like spinach.
The thing is, I like most greens – I’m lucky like that… spinach, kale, basil, watercress, etc I can’t get enough of them!
I made pesto with dandelion greens recently and I quite enjoyed that, so add that to the list, would ya!
I wanted to make this salad the minute I found it; it embodies everything I love in a salad.
Chickpeas and finely chopped spinach with a cilantro lime vinaigrette.
What’s not to like? Plus it’s healthy!

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When you make it ahead of time, and allow the ingredients to marinate, you get this refreshingly vibrant and delightful dish.
A wonderful joining of tart, sweet and savoury flavours… and the kick from the cilantro really makes it shine!
This is the kind of food I want to eat all summer long; when I don’t want to turn on the stove.
Another thing with this salad is… and I wonder if this happens to anyone else, I always end up with too much spinach and cilantro, so I usually make a spinach and cilantro pesto to go with it.

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Serve it over rice or bulgur with a side of pesto or some other sauce, and you have a quick no-fuss weeknight meal.


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Posted March 12th, 2012 in Food. Tagged: , , .
  • http://pinchofyum.com/ Lindsay

    So beautiful!

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Thank you! :-)

  • http://www.digintobooks.wordpress.com/ Digintobooks

    Saw this on Tastespotting and HAD to click! Beautiful pictures and awesome recipe. I am a huge fan of these flavors and ingredients-I’ll have to put this on my dinners-to-make list. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      You’re welcome, and thanks – make it soon… you’ll love it!

  • http://ratedkb.blogspot.com/ ratedkb

    Way to play with colors ! Chick peas always have this certain nutty flavor to them and it is so delicious !

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  • OrangeLatte

    I personally don’t like chickpea much but I don’t know why your dish make so hungry even I already had lunch! I guess run to the market and get all of the ingredients and start making them for dinner … Beautiful photos..^___^
     

  • Melissa

    This looks amazing! Do you know how many it serves?

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Thank you! It’s about 4 – 5 servings

  • http://cookingcollegechick.wordpress.com/ Cookingcollegechick

    Yum! This looks spectacular. This is great for Meatless Monday! I love incorporating chickpeas into dinner since they are so filling and a great source of protein and fiber. Thanks for the great recipe. 

  • http://ambikaskitchen.com/ Ambika Viswanathan

    OMG!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this salad. Such vibrant color and flavors, I HAVE to make this. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

  • http://thesweetbeet.wordpress.com/ Neesha

    I’m a chickpea fiend! This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it. 

  • Kimberfish

    Do you drain the chickpeas????

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Hiya, Yes, Please drain the chickpeas. Cheers :-)

  • Erin

    Hi! :) This sounds great – however, can you please provide the nutrition facts?

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  • Jguentn5

    Added a box of couscous to this and some left over salt potatoes which were chopped up in the  blender….mixed it altogether.  Very Good.  Tooo much onion and garlic for me, so that took it down a notch.

  • Nam

    This does look rather scrumptious! I really feel for the fodmap dieters out there who can’t happily tolerate chickpeas… :(

    A question though: would frozen chopped spinach be ok as a substitute? It wouldn’t be quite as fresh as intended, but I don’t have a food processor or stick blender- only my buddy the whisk.

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Hi and thanks for stopping by :-) I don’t see why frozen chopped spinach wouldn’t work, just thaw it, drain it of excess water and go at it with your trusty whisk! Good Luck :-)

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  • Stephanie Moram

    Just made the salad and it is very tasty! I had to half it because I was lacking in chickpeas, but I wish I could have made the full recipe! I didn’t have spinach so I added some parsley and it turned out great. Next time I will try it with spinach granted I have some. :)

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Oooh, I’m so glad it turned out well for you and you love it! I really, really love this salad, can’t tell you how often I make it :-) I think I’m going to try parsley next time!

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