Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

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This Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad is a light and tasty alternative to a pasta salad. Garbanzo beans are very filling and add a healthy amount of protein, so you won’t even notice the lack of carbs and sugar. It’s nice and healthy, since we loaded this salad up with nutrient-rich vegetables like tomatoes, fennel, and red onion. Plus, power greens kale, spinach, and arugula add natural iron and fiber. It’s all very easily thrown together in a balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette and topped with Parmesan cheese.

This would be a fantastic accompaniment to a nice Chicken Roast with Lemon & Rosemary or even Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew. If you’re planning on making it ahead of time, leave the dressing separate until just before eating.

Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 221 | Total Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 377mg | Carbohydrates: 22g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Protein: 10g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7


  • 1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 cup Roma tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup fennel, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons dark balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup low fat shaved parmesan or asiago cheese


  1. In a small bowl combine garbanzo beans, tomato, onion, fennel, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, vinegar, and olive oil. Toss well to coat all ingredients in herbs and oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine spinach, kale, and arugula. Toss to combine and add garbanzo mixture and gently toss a second time. Divide among serving bowls and top with shaved parmesan. Serve with additional balsamic vinegar and oil if desired or a fresh lemon wedge.

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