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Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

This healthy Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas is so appetizing! It has it all, in terms of color, texture, and flavor. Plus it keeps well so that can be prep ahead of time for the perfect lunchbox meal throughout a busy week.

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One of my favorite salads!

Nutty Chickpeas, fluffy tri-colour quinoa, bright colour fresh vegetables, drizzled with the easiest cumin lemony salad dressing. This Quinoa Salad with chickpeas satisfies all your needs.

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Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

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Quinoa is known as one of the best superfoods, which is a carbohydrate that’s very high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals for the human body’s needs. Partnered with chickpeas, also a great source of protein and fiber, and they both are great sources of various vitamins and minerals.

What makes this salad special? I’d say the salad dressing. This salad dressing is super simple but above your average vinaigrette- garlicky and zesty lemon flavor with a kick from ground cumin. But it’s not too sharp because it’s combined with a touch of maple syrup.

Making this chickpea quinoa salad is no skill required. Cook the quinoa ahead and let it cools down in the fridge before assembling. Oh, forgot to mention, feel free to add whatever vegetables and greens (like cucumber, tomatoes, kale…etc.) Sometimes I’d throw in some toasted nuts( sliced almonds, pine nuts, or cashews) and some dried fruit( sultanas, cranberries, diced dates, diced apricots…etc.)

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This is perfect for lunchbox meal.

I make chickpea quinoa salad a LOT because it’s so easy to make and so tasty!

What’s in Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

The essential ingredients for this recipe are in the picture down below:

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  • Tir-Color QuinoaHere I use tri-color quinoa. I cook the quinoa first and leave it in the fridge until it completely cools down. Cooking quinoa in a pot, I found the perfect water ratio is: 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Once you bring the liquid to a boil, turn the heat down to very low and cook for further around 10 minutes. After the water is completely disappeared, turn off the heat. Fluff it up, leave the cover on and let it continue self-steaming for further 10 minutes.
  • Vegetables& Greens– diced red onion, bell peppers, and chopped fresh parsley.

Ingredients for Salad Dressing

All you need is an empty mason jar with a lid. Toss everything into the jar and give it a few good shakes until the dressing mixes up! Viola!

ingredients for cumin lemony salad dressing
You can also add cayenne or chili powder if you want heat.

How to make

The whole process is pretty straightforward and easy. The overall steps are in the picture below:

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1. Rinse the quinoa and drain well. Combine the quinoa and water( the ratio is 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water) in a pot and cook. Once bring the liquid to a boil, turn the heat down to very low and cook for further around 10 minutes. When the water is completely disappeared, turn off the heat. Fluff it up with a fork, leave the lid on and let it continues cooking for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, transfer the quinoa to a glass mixing bowl and leave it in the fridge to cool down.

2. Place the ingredients for the salad dressing in a glass jar (minced garlic, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, cumin, maple syrup, salt& pepper) twist the lid on and ready for use.

3. Once the quinoa has completely cooled down, place rinsed and drained chickpeas, diced red onion, red bell pepper, and chopped fresh parsley in the bowl with quinoa. Give the salad dressing a few good shakes until the dressing mixes up then pour the salad dressing over all other ingredients in the mixing bowl.

4. Toss well, taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve cold or room temperature. It will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

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Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

This healthy Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas is so appetizing! It has it all, in terms of color, texture, and flavor.
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 295kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • cup Red Onion Finely diced
  • 1 ea Red Bell Pepper Small diced
  • 1 can Chickpeas approx. 15 oz(400g ) Washed and drained
  • cup Fresh Parsley Finely chopped

Cumin Salad Dressing

Instructions

  • 1. Rinse the quinoa and drain well. Combine the quinoa and water( the ratio is 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water) Once bring the liquid to a boil, turn the heat down to very low and cook for further around 10 minutes. When the water is completely disappeared, turn off the heat. Fluff it up with a fork, leave the lid on and let it continues cooking for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, transfer the quinoa to a glass mixing bowl and leave it in the fridge to cool down.
  • 2. Place the ingredients for the salad dressing in a glass jar (minced garlic, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, cumin, maple syrup, salt& pepper) twist the lid on and ready for use.
  • 3. Once the quinoa has completely cooled down, place washed and drained chickpeas, diced red onion, red bell pepper, and chopped fresh parsley in the bowl with quinoa. Give the salad dressing a few good shakes until the dressing mixes up then pour the salad dressing over all other ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  • 4. Toss well, taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve cold or room temperature. It will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 444IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg

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