Quinoa and Chickpea Salad Recipe

Need a great recipe for your meal prep this weekend? Check this one out!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth (for cooking quinoa)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (any color)
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Optional: Avocado, sliced
  • Optional: Sliced Grilled Chicken

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Quinoa:
    • Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any saponins.
    • In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and water or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is fluffy and the water is absorbed.
    • Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
  2. Prepare the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and cherry tomatoes.
    • Add the chopped parsley and mint if using.
  3. Make the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine thoroughly.
  4. Optional Add-Ins:
    • If using, sprinkle crumbled feta cheese and/or add sliced avocado on top of the salad for extra creaminess and flavor. For extra protein, add grilled chicken on top!
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Let the salad chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
    • Serve chilled or at room temperature.

This Quinoa and Chickpea Salad is not only refreshing and tasty but also highly versatile. It’s perfect as a stand-alone meal, or you can pair it with grilled chicken or fish for additional protein. Enjoy your nutritious and delicious start to a strong and healthy week!

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