Roasted Chickpeas and Spinach Salad

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             This hearty roasted Chickpeas and Spinach salad has nutrients rich spinach and antioxidants rich chickpeas in it. I love chickpeas either in the form of curry or rice or salad or snack. As this Chickpeas and Spinach salad is fully loaded with fiber, proteins and antioxidants.  This versatile salad has roasted chickpeas, which has exotic smell because of addition of cumin, later it was sprinkled over the spinach bed along with onion and cherry tomatoes. This is good for summertime outdoor meals. Try this refreshing, colorful and low calorie Chickpeas and Spinach salad and enjoy.


   Ingredients for roasted Chickpeas and Spinach salad 


        1/2 Cup of Canned Chickpeas 
        3 Tbsp of Olive Oil
        1/2 Tsp of Cumin Seeds
        1/4 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
        1/2 Tsp of Red Chilly Powder
        1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
        5 – 10 Grape Tomatoes
        2/3 Cup of Spinach Leaves
        1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
        2 Tsp of Parmesan Cheese
        Salt and Pepper to taste


   Method

   Roasting Chickpeas in the oven

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degree F. Mix the chickpeas in a bowl with 1 tbsp of olive oil, the cumin seeds, turmeric powder and red chilly powder and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Transfer to a large nonstick roasting pan and roast in the preheated oven for 12- 15 mins, until nutty and golden.

     
   Making of salad

  • Meanwhile, place the onion and tomatoes in a large bowl with the spinach and toss gently to combine. Mound onto serving plates.
  • Remove the chickpeas from the oven and sprinkle them over the spinach salad. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top. Drizzle serving plate with the lemon juice and the remaining olive oil and serve immediately.

 


    Tips

  • You can use crumbles of feta cheese instead of Parmesan cheese.
  • Also you can use red wine vinaigrette for dressing.
  • Add paprika to chickpeas for color, in place of red chilly powder and turmeric powder.
  • If you don’t get canned chickpeas, then you need to soak chickpeas for 8 hrs, pressure cook it with salt and water and roast it in oven .



Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Spinach

       
    Chickpeas

  • High in fiber and protein and antioxidants.
  • Low in glycemic index.
  • Helps to lower LDL cholesterol level.
  • Reduce the risk of Heart disease.

    Spinach

  • One cup of cooked spinach has 42 mg of calcium.
  • Spinach is your best bet for folic acid, which helps keep cells all over the body growing and functioning well.
  • It’s an incredible non animal protein source of iron, which delivers oxygen all over the body, providing much-needed energy to kids’ muscles.
  • Spinach also helps regulate blood sugar and keeps your children’s hearts healthy because it’s high in potassium and magnesium.

 

Roasted Chickpeas and Spinach Salad
  2 Servings

Amount Per Serving

  Calories299.6  Total Fat22.0 g     Saturated Fat3.3 g     Polyunsaturated Fat2.1 g     Monounsaturated Fat15.4 g  Cholesterol2.0 mg  Sodium816.0 mg  Potassium254.2 mg  Total Carbohydrate22.1 g     Dietary Fiber4.0 g     Sugars1.7 g  Protein5.0 g

  Vitamin A 22.6 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.6 %
  Vitamin B-6 18.7 %
  Vitamin C 35.3 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 13.8 %
  Calcium 7.9 %
  Copper 7.9 %
  Folate 16.1 %
  Iron 11.4 %
  Magnesium 8.4 %
  Manganese 28.6 %
  Niacin 1.5 %
  Pantothenic Acid 2.5 %
  Phosphorus 9.9 %
  Riboflavin 3.6 %
  Selenium 4.0 %
  Thiamin 3.3 %
  Zinc 6.1 %
*Percent Daily Valuesare based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily valuesmay be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. 

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