Garbanzo Bean and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing

Garbanzo Bean and Spinach Salad

Although, the list of ingredients for this deliciously healthy salad seems long, it contains items most commonly found in the refrigerator and the pantry. I found this easy to make salad in Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave, The Taunton Press, 2008. Ellie used to have a show on the Food Network, featuring healthy recipes. It is a shame that her show in no longer on, because she had the only show of this type on the network!

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I seem to gravitate towards recipes that contain garbanzo beans, cumin, cayenne pepper and lemon juice! This salad is a wonderful mixture of flavors and textures! Fortunately, most of the ingredients I used were organic and were bought at my local Trader Joe’s. The only change I made to this recipe was I omitted the orange zest, because oranges didn’t look great at the market. Believe me, you won’t miss it, because the salad was so tasty without it!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can organic garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon organic ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons organic plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon organic honey
  • 2 ounces organic baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped organic fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Using a medium bowl, mix together the beans, parsley and onion.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, zest, cumin and cayenne. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss well.
  3. Using another small bowl, mix together yogurt, orange juice and honey.
  4. Serve bean salad over a bed of spinach leaves. Top with yogurt sauce and garnish with mint. 4 servings.

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