Loaded with plant-based protein and soaked in a tangy balsamic dressing this chickpea quinoa salad recipe makes a tasty 30-minute meal or a wonderful side dish! If you love quick, simple throw-together recipes then this quinoa salad is for you.
This easy, vegan, chickpea salad recipe is a summertime staple. Not only is it tasty all by itself but it’s a great option to bring to a gathering too.
Given I’m dairy-free and gluten-free, sometimes it can be a bit tricky finding options to eat at pool parties or barbeques. Thus, it’s not surprising that I always bring my own.
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Is Quinoa Healthy?
Quinoa is a wonderful gluten-free (wheat-free) alternative to grains and oh so versatile. In my experience, this seed absorbs the flavor of anything it’s paired with making it a great base replacement.
Plus, quinoa is also one of the few plant-based foods that contain good amounts of all essential amino acids! This is exciting for vegans because it means it’s a wonderful protein source.
Long touted as a superfood, quinoa comes with a lot of benefits.
However, depending on the diet you choose to follow (if any at all) quinoa may not be accepted. While it’s not a grain it does breakdown as such and thus it is not compliant with paleo, keto, or the whole30 diets.
What To Use This Salad For
This vegan quinoa salad makes a wonderful dish to bring to a gathering but truthfully it’s tasty all by itself also.
I actually use this easy healthy recipe as a full lunch more often than not. However, topped with a bit of extra protein (like cooked, shredded chciken) it makes the perfect 30-minute meal!
Can You Make It Ahead Of Time?
This salad wonderfully when made ahead of time. Personally, I enjoy the most the next day when the flavors have had time to mesh.
Plus, the quinoa salad dressing contains vinegar which helps prevent anything from spoiling too quickly.
While it tastes just fine freshly made, this summer salad is even better the next day (or the one after that!)
The Salad Dressing
At first glance, this salad dressing is going to look a little odd. However, it ends up being a refreshing, tangy topper!
The combo of balsamic vinegar and honey mustard gives this easy, healthy recipe a sweet and tangy taste to it.
I personally use this dressing for more than just this summertime salad!
Other Tasty (But Healthy!) Summer Salads
If you’re looking for more options when it comes to summertime salad, check out the ones below!
- quinoa, cooked
- yellow bell pepper
- cherry tomatoes halved
- chopped walnuts
Quinoa Salad Dressing
- olive oil
- balsamic vinaigrette
- dijon mustard (or honey mustard if not vegan)
Tips: most people rinse their quinoa prior to boiling to remove any bitter taste. I'm lazy and don't do this.
Cooking your quinoa a day or so before saves you time so plan ahead! Instead of pouring the dressing over the quinoa feel free to serve on the side and let people add their own
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Vegan Quinoa Salad
- Salad bowl
- Serving tongs
- 2 cups chickpeas rinsed (canned or soaked and cooked)
- ¾ cup quinoa cooked
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
- 1 red pepper diced
- ¼ almonds chopped (walnuts works too!_
- ⅛ cup hemp hearts
- ⅓ cup Olive Oil
- ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tbs dijon mustard honey mustard if not making vegan
- Peel, prep and chop all your veggies.
- In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the salad. Mix well.
- In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
- Pour the dressing over the chickpea salad and mix until everything is coated.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve (at least two hours ).
Keep your meals simple and healthy with this easy vegan Salad. Full of protein, fiber & veggies this meal will be both tasty and filling.