This favorite Mediterranean Spinach Salad has the same Sumac-Lemon vinaigrette that makes me swoon over Fattoush!
I'm still intrigued with Yotam Ottolenghi's Jerusalem, and if you've seen that book you can understand how it inspired the Fattoush-Inspired Chopped Salad I posted a few weeks ago, and now this Mediterranean Spinach Salad with Garbanzos, Tomatoes, Radishes, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette. Every spring I get a serious craving for salads with tomatoes, and when I find cherry or grape tomatoes with that fresh tomato smell I usually have to have them even though they're out of season.
This salad would be mind-blowingly good with ripe summer tomatoes, but it was still pretty darn spectacular with the tomatoes I found at Costco, and if you're still not acquainted with Sumac, this salad is a great opportunity to add it to your spice collection!
If you're one of those Sumac-deprived people who haven't tried it, Sumac tastes a lot like lemon, but more fruity and not quite so sour. I love it sprinkled on hummus, salad, soup, vegetables, and even on eggs, and of course it's classic in the dressing for Fattoush, which is the salad that turned me into a confirmed sumac lover. That same lemon-Sumac vinaigrette is a winner on this spinach salad, and I'd eat this salad any time of year for a Meatless Monday lunch or dinner. (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index. I'm also doing a meatless slow cooker recipe each Monday on Slow Cooker from Scratch. For more Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, follow our Meatless Monday board on Pinterest, or check Meatless Monday at BlogHer.)
Put drained garbanzos into a bowl and mix with about 2 T of the dressing. Let the beans marinate while you prep the other ingredients.
If the spinach has been in the fridge, I like to crisp it in very cold water in the salad spinner, and then spin until it's really dry.
Then add the tomatoes, radishes, and green onions and toss, adding more dressing as desired until the salad is at wet as you like it. (You will probably use most of the dressing, but maybe not all of it.)
(Makes about 4 salads; recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi.)
1 can (15.5 oz.) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
5 oz. baby spinach, refreshed in cold water and spun dry if needed
1 cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/4 cup sliced green onion
about 1/3 cup crumbled Feta (more or less to taste)
fresh ground black pepper to taste
extra Sumac for finished salad, optional
1/2 tsp. minced garlic (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. Sumac
3 T extra-virgin olive oil
Dump the garbanzo beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears. Let beans drain while you make the dressing. (You can blot dry with paper towels if you're in a hurry.)
Mash the garlic and salt together, then whisk in lemon juice, Sumac, and finally olive oil. Put the garbanzo beans into a shallow bowl and toss with 2 T of the dressing mixture. Let beans marinate while you prep other ingredients.
Slice the tomatoes, radishes, and green onions. If you have a package of spinach that's been in the fridge a few days, I like to crisp it in very cold water in the salad spinner, then spin dry.
Put the spinach in a bowl big enough to toss the ingredients. Add the marinated garbanzos and dressing, tomatoes, radishes, and green onions and toss with enough dressing to moisten the salad to your liking. Toss with most of the Feta, season with fresh ground black pepper, and serve, garnishing with a little bit of crumbled Feta on each salad and more Sumac sprinkled on if desired.
South Beach Suggestions:
This healthful salad is loaded with low-glycemic ingredients, and this would make a wonderful main dish or side dish salad for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.
More Meatless Salad Ideas with Sumac:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Baby Spinach Salad with Date and Almonds ~ Lottie + Doof
Fattoush - Lebanese "Crumbled Bread" Salad ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Shepherd's Salad ~ Give Recipe
Sauteed Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Pepper, Capers, Mint, and Sumac ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Cross-Mediterranean Caprese with Fried Onions and Sumac ~ Cafe Liz
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