Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Chickpeas, Apricots, and Onion

Make this spinach salad recipe a meal by adding your protein of choice alongside the Indian-spiced chickpeas. (We love grilled chicken or salmon!)

Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Chickpeas, Apricots, and Onion
Photo: Andy Lyons
Start To Finish Time:
20 mins
12 cups


  • ¼ extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoon garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 5 ounce packages fresh baby spinach

  • ¾ cup dried apricots, cut into thin slices

  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced

  • Toasted Pappadams (optional)

Toasted Pappadams

  • 4 7-inch plain pappadams


  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat. Add garbanzo beans, lemon juice, brown sugar, cumin, garam masala, coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Return skillet to heat. Bring mixture just to a simmer. Cover skillet and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl combine spinach, apricots, and red onion. Add warm chickpea mixture; toss well to combine.

  3. Divide salad among serving plates. If desired, garnish with broken pieces of Toasted Pappadams. Serve immediately.

Toasted Pappadams

  1. Preheat broiler. Arrange pappadams in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 6 inches from heat for 15 to 30 seconds or until bubbly and golden on one side. Using tongs, gently turn pappadams; broil about 5 seconds or until bubbly and golden on the other side. Let cool. Break each pappadam into 5 or 6 pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

339 Calories
11g Fat
53g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 339
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 325mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 23mg 115%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 591mg 13%
Folate, total 189.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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