Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Spinach Salad w/ Toasted Chickpeas & Pomegranate Vinaigrette

7 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 4 Comments

What happens when a creative healthy home cook gets hungry after being on a junk filled week long vacation? A healthy, light, vegetarian salad idea, that’s what!

I’m super happy with this idea. It was fast, easy, tasty, satisfying and an uber light lunch! I may make it again tonight to bring to work tomorrow. Spinach Salad with Toasted Chickpeas and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

  • 1 can (15oz) Chickpeas (will only be using 1/2 cup for the salad)
  • About 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • About 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • slice of red onion chopped
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp honey (10g)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (5g)
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Drain and rinse the chickpeas Lay them on a few paper towels to dry while you grab the rest of the ingredients.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. It should be large enough for the chickpeas to create one layer on the bottom. Once the pan is heated add the beans and sprinkle with the cumin. Shake the pan to prevent sticking. “Toast” the chickpeas for about 5-6 minutes shaking every minute or two. They will begin to pop a bit, just toss around the pan when that happens.

While the chickpeas are toasting place the spinach, tomatoes and onion in a large bowl big enough to toss (or shake) the salad.

Whisk the pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey, oil, salt and pepper and set aside.

Add the toasted chickpeas (1/2 cup of them – 82g) to the salad, top with the pomegranate vinaigrette and toss to coast everything.


Note: Notice the backdrop on the photo. It’s the sidewalk outside of my apartment. My kitchen right now is like a cave.. no light! Outside is the only way to get a half decent photo. :(

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
27 7g 9g old: 5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
22g 1g 45g 9g

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    Erin from $5 Dinners

    July 19, 2009

    LOVE your site! Was just tipped off by a friend! I take my food outside all the time to photograph it! Erin

    Krista S.

    July 20, 2009

    My entire apartment is like a cave. LOL The salad looks great. I eat salad almost 5 days a week for lunch because it's quick and easy and super versatile.


    July 20, 2009

    That salad looks great! I love beans and have some pomegranate juice in my fridge...


    July 21, 2009

    I think your site is sooooooooo awesome! I love how you come up with your own recipes!!!! I am just starting to cook cuz I hate feeling like there's nothing to eat only b/c I can't think of anything I'm able to cook. Anyways, your recipes are awesome and I'm scrolling through them to see what I want to make soon. I like your pizza recipes by the way!!! Cool!