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Popeye Approved Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad

Popeye Approved Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad is full of good for you ingredients, flavor, and texture that will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied.

A white bowl filled with a spinach salad, shaved Brussels sprouts, garbanzo beans, and cheese sprinkled with balsamic vinaigrette.

Our Spinach Power Salad is one of those meals that you will not feel like your missing out or sacrificing anything when you eat it!

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This salad if chock full of flavor, healthy ingredients, and tons of texture.

Best of all, it’s absolutely delicious. Every bite will make you wonder why you don’t eat more meals like this healthy salad recipe.

Do you find that sometimes you just need a reset?

Don’t you wish we came with a re-boot button? It seems like everything else does?

Most of the time I eat well balanced and healthy meals. Those times where I over-indulge just leave me feeling sluggish, tired and blah.

When I start feeling like that, I just crave food that is good for me like this Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad.

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I’m going to date myself here. I grew up watching the cartoon Popeye. All he had to do was squeeze a can of spinach into his mouth and he gained super powers that helped him defeat his nemesis, Brutus.

I grew up eating spinach out of a can and had no idea that people ate it fresh.

A close up of a white bowl filled with a spinach salad, shaved Brussels sprouts, garbanzo beans, and cheese sprinkled with balsamic vinaigrette.

The good news is that there is a lot of nutritious benefits from canned spinach but we love the fresh stuff now and it’s become a regular in our salads and dishes where I can sneak in a few greens like in my Healthy Shrimp Fettuccine Recipe.

I also like loading up a salad with good for you ingredients that don’t add a lot of fat and calories.

Salads can exceed 1200 calories and tons of fat if you don’t know what’s in them.

A close up of a white bowl filled with a spinach salad, shaved Brussels sprouts, garbanzo beans, and cheese sprinkled with balsamic vinaigrette.

Spinach Salad Ingredients

This salad starts with a pile of fresh spinach which is loaded with vitamins. Protein helps to keep you feeling full among other benefits.

We”ve added quinoa which is higher in protein than other whole grains and chickpeas. Both add good carbs for energy and fiber too.

Shaved brussels sprouts are said to have cancer reducing effects and to lower cholesterol.

Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas) have a nutty flavor and are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein which will keep you satisfied for hours.

There is some feta cheese on this salad because who doesn’t love cheese? Feta is lower in fat and calories than some other cheeses. Moderation is important.

You can also see I’ve included a few diced dried apricots. I love the little bit of sweetness they add to a salad.

Lastly, the whole thing is lightly dressed in a simple balsamic dressing made with olive oil.

If you like this salad, here are a few more you may enjoy

Items you may need to make this delicious Spinach Salad Recipe

I wash all of our bagged greens even if they’re triple washed Using a salad spinner. Food born bacteria grows quickly on greens.

A good sharp knife with a cutting board is all you need.

We’ve also used a mandoline for cutting the brussels sprouts but they can now be purchased already sliced or shredded.

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So you have it. One delicious salad that helps me tackle my nemesis, the battle of the bulge!

I ate this salad every day for a week and didn’t tire of it.

Once you have all of the ingredients it’s a snap to throw together.

What’s in your recipe arsenal that is on the healthier side?

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Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad

This Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad is full of good for you ingredients, flavor and texture that will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

Salad

  • 12 cups Fresh Spinach Greens washed and shaken dry
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked according to directions
  • 1 cup chickpeas canned and drained
  • 2 scallions sliced (white and green parts)
  • 6 brussels sprouts sliced thinly
  • 4 dried apricots diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

Balsamic Viniagrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried herbs I use Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

Vinaigrette

  • Combine all of the ingredients and shake together until blended.

Salad

  • Divide spinach among 4 large bowls or plates. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Drizzle lightly with Vinaigrette.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Note that the nutritional values reflect using all of the balsamic dressing for four salads. We can actually dress over 8 salads with this amount.

Nutrition

Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 1111mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 9081IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 7mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Laura C

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

This salad isn't just any salad. It's absolutely delicious and guilt-free. I could eat it every day!

Deb Clark

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Love all the great crunch in this salad, and the homemade dressing is so good!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Thank you, Deb!

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Agness of Run Agness Run

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

I cannot get enough of healthy salads, Julie! Your recipe is finger-licking and I'm trying it as soon as possible!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Thank you, Agness! I'd had one like it at a restaurant and had to replicate it as soon as possible. I think I ate it all week long.

pattisj

Sunday 12th of March 2017

These look great, Julie!

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of March 2017

Thank you, Patti. I know it looks like I eat carbs all the time but I sure love a good salad too.