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.
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
- 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.
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