side angle view of lemon quinoa chickpea salad in a white bowl

Quinoa, chickpeas and diced carrots, bell peppers, scallions and big squeeze of lemon make this a light, well-balanced, healthy main!




In a fine mesh sieve rinse quinoa under cool running water.

In a large pot, combine water, quinoa and garlic powder, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cover and let set 10 – 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Add chickpeas, carrots, scallions, bell pepper, parsley, lemon juice and spices, mix well. Serve warm or cold.

I love this with just lemon juice drizzled on top, avocado slices would be a great addition too.

Serves 3 – 4


You can really use any seasoning here you like. I used a bit of Trader Joe’s 21 Salute Seasoning mix. Or you can use an everyday seasoning, lemon pepper blend or any of your favorite spices. Even a teaspoon or so of thyme, basil, cumin or any of your favorites will work here. Keep it simple or add various spices to suit your taste.