Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Avocado (Greek Island of Crete)

Koula Barydakis’ traditional Mediterranean Diet salad is our favorite lunchtime salad. It’s perfectly balanced w/ protein packed nutty chickpeas and our favorite superfood avocado. You’ll get your greens in with salad, leaving you feeling healthful and fulfilled.


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Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Avocado

Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Avocado (Greek Island of Crete)

Koula Barydakis
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 406 kcal


  • 1 pound boiled or canned chickpeas
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar


  • Place the chickpeas, tomatoes, avocado, onion, mushrooms, spinach, red pepper and cilantro in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.
  • Mix well and serve.


Calories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 12gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 365mgPotassium: 1317mgFiber: 13gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 8110IUVitamin C: 72mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 7mg
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About the Author: Koula Barydakis
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.
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