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Quinoa Chickpea Salad

This quinoa chickpea salad is a fresh and healthy salad with quinoa, chickpeas, lots of vegetables, and a lemony vinegarette.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: brunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa chickpea salad, quinoa recipes, quinoa salad
Servings: 6 people


  • ½ cup quinoa (with 1 cup of filtered water and ½ teaspoon salt) cook according to directions on the box. You will use 1 cup of cooked quinoa for the salad.
  • 1 can chickpeas drain, pour in a bowl, and season with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon both salt and pepper and let sit.
  • ½ cup bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange) diced
  • 1 cup cucumber diced
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes seasoned with a spinkle of salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley dill or basil would also be good
  • 2 cups greens like arugula, spinach, or mixed greens

Lemon Dressing

  • 1 large lemon Juice squeezed into a bowl
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove grated or pressed
  • ½ teaspoon or both salt and pepper


  • First in a pan on the stove cook quinoa according to directions. Once this is cooked, set it aside to cool.
  • Dice bell pepper, onion, and cucumber and set aside.
  • Half the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Open and drain the chickpeas. Season with a tablespoon of lemon juice and salt and pepper.
  • Chop parsley and set it aside.

Lemon Dressing

  • Squeeze the juice to a large lemon into a bowl.
  • Grate in the garlic.
  • Add remaining ingredients and whisk.

Assemble the salad

  • In a big salad bowl add in seasoned chickpeas, diced vegetables, quinoa, mixed greens, and chopped parsley.
  • Pour the dressing on top and toss the salad and serve.
  • If you are using this salad for meal prep, you may want to consider leaving out the greens. They will get soggy.