Chickpea Quinoa Salad (Recipe)

June 22, 2023

Chickpea Quinoa Salad (Recipe)


✅ 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh colander

✅ 2 cups water

✅ 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas

✅ 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped

✅ 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

✅ ¾ cup chopped red onion (from 1 small red onion)
✅ 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (from 1 large bunch)

✅ ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (Kasadrinos **FREE Bottle**)

✅ ¼ cup lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)

✅ 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

✅ 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

✅ ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

✅ ¾ cup Kalamata olives roughly chopped (optional)

✅ Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1️⃣ To cook the quinoa: Combine the rinsed quinoa and the water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, uncovered, until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 15 minutes, reducing heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes, to give it time to fluff up.

2️⃣ In a large serving bowl, combine the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and parsley. Set aside.

3️⃣ In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic and salt. Whisk until blended, then set aside.

4️⃣ Once the quinoa is mostly cool, add it to the serving bowl, and drizzle the dressing on top. Toss until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Season with black pepper, to taste, and add an extra pinch of salt if necessary.

For best flavor, let the salad rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

5️⃣ This salad keeps well in the refrigerator, covered, for about 4 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

6️⃣ Finally, add the cooked shrimp. Allow the shrimp to warm through briefly (another 30 seconds), then remove the pasta from heat.

7️⃣ To finish, sprinkle a little grated parmesan cheese and more red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper. Serve immediately!


Servings : 8
Ready in : 20 Minutes
Course : Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Recipe Type : Italian, Mediterranean

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