Quinoa, Garbanzo & Spinach Salad W/ Smoked Paprika Dressing

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 16 mins

I made this very easy, healthy recipe today for lunch from Bon Appetit. This was my first time making quinoa. I will definitely be looking for more recipes. Not only was it tasty, but I loved reading up on all the health benefits. I halved the recipe easily to serve just me (for the next few days) and the only substitution I made was to use grape tomatoes as I could not find baby heirlooms.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, 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.
  3. 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.
Most Helpful

Made for ZWT #7 and our team Witchin Kitchen...and so glad I did. It is great and a wonderful way to incorporate the healthy quinoa into a regular American dinner. I served it with pork chops and sourdough bread.

CaliforniaJan June 07, 2011

I have never made quinoa with smoked paprika, and loved the addition of it. The cucumbers were also one of my favorite parts, so I think I would add lots more of those for extra crunch. I always toast then rinse my quinoa and then cook it with broth, so did that here. I used about half the cheese and only a tablespoon of oil for our tastes. We really liked this dish and its flavors, and enjoyed it as an entree.

Maito March 11, 2014

Oh, so good!! The feta & chickpeas give the salad a wonderfully savoury flavour. I made 1/2 recipe, used steamed regular spinach instead of baby spinach, and stirred in all the feta. As both I and my grocer were out of sherry vinegar (gasp!!), I had to make do with red wine vinegar - and the salad was still insanely good! Thank you for sharing!

stormylee May 26, 2013