Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing

Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing

This colorful salad is a show-stopper — make it for your next potluck or picnic, or amaze your family for dinner any night of the week.

The recipe makes 12 portions, and you’re going to want to eat them all. Even after it’s dressed, this salad stores well for up to three days!

Quinoa and chickpeas give it a hearty serving of protein. We love the juicy tomatoes and cucumber, but the stars of the recipe are the piquant paprika dressing and the full cup of torn mint leaves.

This Quinoa and Spinach Salad packs in the protein made with juicy tomatoes and cucumber, chickpeas and a piquant paprika dressing.
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Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Garbanzo Beans, and Paprika Dressing

This colorful salad is a show-stopper. Make it for your next potluck or picnic, or amaze your family for dinner any night of the week. 

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 26 mins
Servings 12 servings, about 1 cup each
Calories 233 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • cups dry quinoa
  • Water
  • Sea salt (to taste; optional), divided use
  • ¼ cup sherry wine vinegar
  • tsp. paprika
  • Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups raw baby spinach leaves, washed, dried
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 1 medium cucumber, unpeeled, chopped
  • cups halved cherry (or small heirloom) tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • cups coarsely crumbled feta cheese, divided use

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 1-inch. Season with salt if desired. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and gently boil for 15 to 16 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Drain if there is excess liquid. Chill, covered in the refrigerator, for 4 hours or until cool.

  2. Combine vinegar, and paprika in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper if desired; slowly whisk in oil to blend. Set aside.

  3. Combine spinach, chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, mint, and 1 cup cheese in a large bowl; mix well.

  4. Add cooled quinoa to spinach mixture; toss gently to blend.

  5. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to blend. 

  6. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup cheese over salad; serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Garbanzo Beans, and Paprika Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 319mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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P90X/P90X2 Portions
½ Dairy
½ Grain Carb
1 Vegetable

P90X3 Portions
2 Carb
½ Protein
1 Fat

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1½ Yellow
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A great lunch option for the vegan plan. For non-vegans, replace beans OR quinoa with a protein for lunch.

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Photos by Kirsten Morningstar.