Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

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This Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad is a light and tasty alternative to a pasta salad.

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.

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Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

Here is a delightful salad that will be a great addition to any meal.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 15 ounces garbanzo beans can, low-sodium, drained
  • 1 cup roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped small
  • 1/2 cup fennel sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley fresh, minced
  • 1 tablespoon basil fresh, 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 parmesan or asiago cheese, low-fat, shaved


  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 377mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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