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Lemon Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

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

5 from 10 reviews

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

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup dry quinoa (I used tri-color)
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups cucumber, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper (about 1 cup), diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3/4 cup carrots, diced small
  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/21 cup parsley, chopped
  • 23 juicy lemons (about 1/41/3 cup), juice of
  • red pepper flakes, optional
  • mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

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

Cook quinoa: 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. Alternatively, use this quick and easy Instant Pot Quinoa.

Prep veggies: While the quinoa is cooking prep the veggies.

Assemble salad: Once quinoa is ready, add the chickpeas, carrots, cucumber, scallions, bell pepper, tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice and spices, mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. I love serving mine with more lemon juice drizzled on top. Avocado slices would be a great addition too!

Serves 3 – 4

Notes

Seasonings: 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.

Dressing: If you want something a bit more intense than just the lemon, try using this Zesty Garlic + Lemon Dressing!