Quinoa, Garbanzo and Spinach Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

March 29, 2012

My love of quinoa is well documented, it is a staple in our house and it is the dish that I bring to almost every social gathering. I really want everyone to know how good it is. An easy to prepare protein and complex carb. The possibilities are endless.


This has been great for lunches this week! Light, refreshing and packed with vegetables. I adapted this from Bon Appetit and considered not adding the mint but it ads just the right flavor.


Quinoa salad with paprika (1 of 1)-2



Quinoa, Garbanzo and Spinach Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

by A Fit and Spicy Life

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Keywords: entree salad vegetarian gluten-free quinoa

Ingredients (Serves 8-10)

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves
  • 2 15- to 16-ounce cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 unpeeled English hothouse cucumber, cut into small pieces
  • 1-pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely crumbled feta cheese (about 7 ounces), divided
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Place quinoa in large saucepan; add enough salted water to cover quinoa by 1 inch. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 16 minutes. Drain. Chill until cool.

Combine spinach leaves, garbanzos, cubed cucumber, halved tomatoes, mint leaves, and half of feta cheese in extra-large bowl.

Add cooled quinoa and toss gently to blend.

Whisk vinegar and smoked paprika in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper.

Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.

Season generously with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle remaining feta over.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

emily (a nutritionist eats) March 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

Smoked paprika adds such a wonderful, different flavor – this salad sounds great!


Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) March 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

You make the best salads. Love all the ingredients in this one!


Amanda (of DelishMegish.com) October 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Wow, smoked paprika vinaigrette? That sounds so good! I’m always looking for healthy, substantial recipes. Can’t wait to try this out!


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