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Spinach Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese

This Spinach Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese is a tasty low-glycemic salad option that’s easy to make! Use Salad Recipes to find more tasty salads!

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Whenever I have a day or two when I’ve been overindulging on food (like Thanksgiving!) my body will soon start craving some type of salad to get back in balance. Whether that was the reason, or whether it was just that I had leftover spinach from the Thanksgiving Spinach Salad I made at my sister’s house, who knows, but I made this salad over the weekend and it really was just what I wanted to eat.

I got the idea for combining spinach, chickpeas, and feta cheese from a recipe I saw in The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook. Then I remembered the idea of marinating the garbanzo beans to bump up the flavor a little, which really made this salad great.

I was eating this for my whole dinner, so if you’re using it as a side salad you might want to use a less garbanzo beans and feta cheese. I do think there are other ingredients that could be added here if you like this combination and wanted to create some variations. In particular, I think Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, or marinated mushrooms would all go well with these flavors. If you wanted something on the side, whole-wheat pita bread would be perfect.

Spinach Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

Marinating the canned garbanzo beans in vinegar for a couple of hours really makes them have a lot of flavor. I used white balsamic vinegar, which let the natural color of the beans show, but you could use any balsamic vinegar you have on hand.

Make it a Meal: As a side salad, this would taste good with something like Very Greek Grilled Chicken or Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar.

More Great Salads with Garbanzo Beans

Tomato and Garbanzo Salad
Garbanzo, Tomato, And Cilantro Salad with Lime and Chile Dressing
Carrot, Parsley, and Garbanzo (Chickpea) Salad with Cumin
Garbanzo and Tuna Salad with Parsley and Red Pepper
Garbanzo Salad with Olives and Herbs
Chickpea and Tomato Salad from Simply Recipes
Garbanzo and Tuna Salad from Exploring the Silver Spoon
Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Parmesan from Orangette
Swiss Chard with Peppers and Garbanzos from Dani Spies
Chipotle Chickpea Salad from A Veggie Venture

Spinach Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese

This Spinach Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese is a tasty low-glycemic salad that’s easy to make!



  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) rinsed well and drained at least 5 minutes, or dry with paper towels
  • 2 T white balsamic vinegar, for marinating beans
  • 6-8 oz. baby spinach leaves
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 T white balsamic vinegar (or use any type of balsamic vinegar)
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil


  1. Rinse garbanzo beans in colander until no more foam appears, then let drain well for at least 5 minutes, or dry with paper towels.
  2. Combine garbanzos with 2 T white balsamic vinegar in small container with a tight lid, shake to coat garbanzos with vinegar and let marinate a few hours in the fridge.
  3. For each salad, put 2 big handfuls of spinach in mixing bowl, drizzle on about 1 1/2 T dressing, and stir until spinach is well-coated with dressing.
  4. Arrange spinach on serving plate, top with about 1/4 cup marinated garbanzos and 1 oz. crumbled feta.


This recipe adapted from The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Spinach Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese would be a great lunch or light dinner for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For phase 2 or 3 you could add whole wheat pita bread on the side. Salads with garbanzos are probably too high in carbs for a low-carb diet plan.

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14 comments on “Spinach Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese”

  1. A lovely salad, with all of my favorite ingredients…don’t those spinach leaves look amazing!

  2. I love the marinated garbanzo beans. This looks so tasty. I have to get back salads!!

  3. There is nothing in this salad that I don’t love! I sometimes buy a wonderful marinated chickpea and basil salad for lunch – really should get round to marinating my own…

  4. Oh yum! That’s a perfect post-Thanksgiving meal. I’m on the salad/sushi diet for a few days to recover from last week’s excessiveness, so this is perfect!

  5. Hi Kalyn,
    I hope everything’s well for you. I love your new template. A new gift from your brother ? Nice recipe ; it gives me ideas to use vegan feta…

  6. This salad looks good. I have been in such a mood for salads lately after stuffing my face for the last 5 days.

  7. Anh, I think you would love it. It’s quite a bit milder than regular balsamic vinegar, and great for things like this where the purple vinegar would stain the beans.

  8. what a lovely recipe, Kalyn! And this is my firt timie seeing white balsamic vinegar. how interesting!

  9. Maria, you’re back. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Love the marinated garbanzos!

    Gaye, thanks.

    Tanna, come to Utah and visit and I will make lunch for you!

    Meeso, thanks. I don’t remember where I got the idea, but it’s a keeper.

    Kevin, you can use regular balsamic vinegar, but the color of the vinegar turns the garbanzos a little brownish, so this is a bit nicer. I think the white balsamic is a little milder. I will say though, the first bottle I tried I was not happy with at all, but this one is great.

  10. Sounds simple and tasty. I still need to look for some white balsamic vinegar.

  11. Garbanzo beans are so good, what a great idea to marinate them. This is one super combo salad!

  12. Gosh I wish I could have that for lunch right now! Looks beautiful and I’m hungry!

  13. Great salad idea! I have never marinated garbanzo beans before…but I am sure they are wonderful with balsamic!! Yum!!

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