The Amazing Chickpea Spinach Salad (7 Min, Vegetarian)

Chickpea Spinach Salad, ready in 7 minutes, high in protein and fiber. Perfect for a quick lunch! |

Humans are good at surviving. Really good actually. There are just over seven billion (!!!) of us in fact, with more arriving everyday. And how have we done so well over the years I hear you cry?

Well, have you ever considered chickpeas? Not really peas, and certainly not chicks, but fantastic nevertheless.

These bad boy legumes are high in both fiber and protein, essential for good health and a strong digestive system.

Chickpea Spinach Salad, ready in 7 minutes, high in protein and fiber. Perfect for a quick lunch!|

Health Benefits –Β Chickpea Spinach Salad

Humans have been cultivating them for around 11,000 years now (the humble chickpea) – and still do of course.

They help protect against two of today’s biggest foes – heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and a whole host of other other malicious dangers (the enemies).

This brilliant meal also contains spinach, which in itself is high in dietary fiber, protein, niacin, vitamins A, C and E amongst others (lovely spinach).

It REALLYΒ is the king of salads. And it’s another delicious one.

We don’t waste our time with crappy, bland foods – we want taste and we want health. Half the people we tell don’t really believe us that salads can truly be tasty – until they try this.

Chickpea Spinach Salad, ready in 7 minutes, high in protein and fiber. Perfect for a quick lunch!|

What are you waiting for? Surprise yourself and anyone who’ll listen, and do your body a favour at the same time.

4.47 from 15 votes

The Amazing Chickpea Spinach Salad

You won't believe this tasty bad boy is actually good for you! Ready in 7 minutes, high in protein, fiber and absolutely delicious. Perfect for a quick lunch.
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 658 kcal
Author HurryTheFoodUp



  1. Chop the cheese and add with the spinach and chickpeas to a large bowl
  2. Mix the honey, oil, lemon juice and raisins in a small bowl
  3. Add the cumin, salt and pepper to the dressing bowl and mix well
  4. Drizzle devilishly delicious dressing over the salad
  5. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Recipe Notes

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Adapted from Essen & Trinken

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  1. I don’t see an oil ingredient, but I’ll add olive oil.

  2. I watched the video – 5 T oil

    Looking forward to making this tonight. Thanks!

  3. I made your salad for my dinner tonight. I really enjoyed it! The raisens make it! I may try craisens next time. Do you have craisens whereever you are? ; )

    • Really glad you enjoyed Kaye! And thanks for letting us know. I’m making it for lunch today too πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen a craisen in Hamburg…at least not in the wild! But I do import maltloaf from Britain which is just immense…

  4. Made this for dinner this evening. I added a handful of cherry tomatoes as well. It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I’m pinning this recipe! Will make this for lunch – this is the first time I’ve come across a recipe and have all the ingredients in my cupboard, lol! Great share!

    • Haa, that’s great to hear! We try to make our recipes as easy as possible, but still super tasty. I’m sure you like this one πŸ˜€
      I was addicted to that salad for a couple of months actually

  6. I love chickpeas and was pumped when I saw your recipe! I love the ease of it. I also think it would keep really well if taken to school or work. I featured it in my latest post, “Kick Start The New Year #3: 15 Healthy Lunches”!

  7. Made this recipe the night before, was off-put by the acidic smell (used all fresh, just purchased ingredients). Took it to lunch the next day, spinach was fine, garbanzo was fine, but oh god, the raisins tasted the way they smelled (bile). Dumped it all out.

    I don’t recommend it, but all the other reviews say otherwise. Do as you wish.

    • Hi Alex,
      what a bummer you didn’t like the salad!!
      I’m pretty sure something went wrong. Funny enough, I loooove the taste of these raisins when the salad stands for a day. It’s awesome when they are soaked in the dressing.
      Oh well, all opinions welcome! πŸ™‚

  8. Is the nutritional info listed on this page accurate? Is one serving 689 cal (and so forth), or the entire salad?

    • Hi Amber! I double checked again. Yep, it’s accurate. One serving equals half the salad. So if you’d like to prep is as a side, than you can cut that calorie count in half. It’s a lot isn’t it? Mainly the 4 tbsp of olive oil are responsible for it (480 kcal). Then you get another 480 kcal from the chickpeas, the cheese and honey contribute a little as well. Either way, the salad is my absolute favorite and it’s well worth every (healthy) calorie of it πŸ™‚

  9. An awful lot of fat for a salad! No need for 40g per serving lol I think you should modify the dressing, the oil is killing it.

  10. Made your salad tonight and wow – it really is super easy! I did modify it by cutting the dressing in about half and adding both the lemon juice and the white wine vinegar. I also only added about 1 teaspoon of oil. I also added little orange tomatoes I had and subbed the raisins for dried cranberries. Was plenty of dressing for me and tasted great! For all the people out there complaining about the oil its pretty simple to just use less! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Thank you Lynn! Really glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you can definitely cut down on the oil when wanted, thank you for sharing how it went. I also swap the raisins for cranberries sometimes πŸ™‚
      I’ve never added little tomatoes but I bet they fit great. Thanks for the tip!

  11. I LOVE this recipe. It’s become my go-to salad because it is SO easy yet so tasty and unique!

    My only suggestion: 4 tbsps is A LOT of olive oil. I’ve adjusted it to 2 tbsps and kept the other ingredients that same, and it does not affect the taste whatsoever.

    Also, don’t not add raisins because you were too lazy to get them from the store, the sweetness really compliments the salad!

    • Thanks so much for your feedback!!
      And YASSS (!!), raisins are soooo important in this salad. Without them it’s just half the joy πŸ˜€
      Glad you liked it. Made it yesterday again as well, haha

  12. Its awesome, used gorgonzola ,added grape tomatoes and sunflower seeds.

  13. This looks so good! I made it tonight to take to work tomorrow. I put the dressing in a separate container and will add it tomorrow. I also used cranberries because I prefer them to raisins, and I left out th cheese because I hate cheese. It looks so good, and most of the reviews are fantastic, so I’m looking forward to it tomorrow!

    • Aaand how did you like it? Now I’m curious πŸ˜€
      I really hope it turned out as good as you hoped for. I personally find the cheese quite refreshing in this salad. A non-dairy alternative could be avocado though. Thanks for trying out the salad, Laura!

  14. This is great! I used half the oil and it was still plenty, Maple syrup instead of honey, and sundried tomatoes instead of raisins. And went with the lemon and cayenne options. So good!

  15. I just made this for lunch and it was very good.

  16. Eating this all week long on night shift, so good!

  17. Surprisingly good! Will definitely make it again.

  18. I made it! Loved it but added extra lemon and would only do 3 tbs of olive oil next time. Thanks for a yummy and healthy salad!

  19. I love this chickpea salad but i do not eat cheese . What can i replace the cheese with?

    • Hi Kang!
      I’d suggest try something that is salty, fresh and has a bit of tang. I think capers would work very well for this πŸ™‚
      I use them often as a “feta-replacement”.

  20. Delicious! Skipped the honey and the raisins, added toasted sliced almonds. Just wanted to again mention the fact it’s important to differentiate between type 2 and type 1 diabetes when you are commenting on diet related illnesses. “They help protect against two of today’s biggest foes – heart disease and diabetes, and a whole host of other other malicious dangers.” Nothing can protect you from Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease where your body basically attacks and kills insulin producing beta cells. I’m new to your site, enjoying and appreciating the great information but as a Type 1 diabetic for 42 years, I have a vested interest and will be correcting you whenever I come across this. πŸ˜‰

    • Hey again Suzan! Absolutely, great shout. It’s now changed again. Changing all of them is on my to-do list, but please by all means, flag them up when you see them and I’ll alter each one πŸ™‚

  21. Allison Cassatta

    Can someone suggest a less spicy alternative for the cayenne/chili flakes? I can’t handle super spicy food.

    • Hi Allison!
      Hmmm, maybe a paprika powder would work better for you? In any supermarket you should be able to find some sweet variations. Also, you can easily omit the chili flakes all together. The salad will still taste really good πŸ™‚

  22. This was totally amazing.. Took it to work and it stayed well πŸ™‚
    Added dried cranberries and replaced oil with Peanut butter…

  23. WHAT?!?! This is seriously delicious, I only added cucumbers. I didn’t have raisins on hand so chopped up a couple dates and dried apricots, I also roasted the chickpeas! I’m not sure I’ll lose weight eating this way cuz everything I’ve tried is just delicious, I seriously wanted to eat the entire bowl. Thanks for making vegetarian fun and easy. πŸ™‚

    • Wohoooo πŸ˜€
      Really cool you liked the recipe! You’re pimped version sounds super delicious too. I know “the problem” of wanting to eat the entire salad all to well, by the way! Viele Grüße πŸ™‚

  24. Is this meal really 658 kcal per portion? Seems high for the ingredients listed. I’d be surprised if one portion is much more than around 350 kcal.

    Can anybody confirm the kcals for one portion of this meal?


    • Hi James,
      yep it’s roundabout that per serving. it’s the olive oil that makes the impact. 2 tbsp = 240 kcal. Then another 400 kcal from all the other ingredients and you end up at 650 kcal πŸ™‚
      You could make the salad lighter by just omitting a tbsp of olive oil and reducing the honey.

  25. just wondering if anyone has tried goat cheese instead of feta.

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