Curried Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

By Julia Howard, MPH, RHN

Curried Quinoa Chickpea Salad

I came across this salad several years ago as I was first learning how to use quinoa and I’ve tweaked it a bit since. The beauty of this salad is that the flavours of the spices in the dressing continue to deepen and blend the longer it stays in the fridge. I find it tastes best after a day or so.

If you’re like me, you find quinoa a bit flavourless so it’s not typically my first choice of grain, although it is higher in protein than most grains. This salad is a great way to use up that big bag of quinoa that’s been hanging out in your cupboard.

I like to make it as a light lunch or as a side dish at a barbecue. Note: This recipe will fill a very large bowl!

I will sometimes use lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar for a slightly different flavour. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you could try fresh parsley instead for some extra green.

Curried Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa (dry)
  • 4 cups veggie broth (e.g., Pacific Foods organic vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped.

Dressing Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced or 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions

  • Cook 2 cups of quinoa in 4 cups of broth.
  • While quinoa is cooking, prepare other ingredients and combine in a large bowl.
  • When quinoa is finished cooking and has cooled, add together ingredients in a large bowl and combine well.
  • Make dressing in a separate container, mix well, and then add to the salad.
  • Eat at room temperature immediately or cover and keep in the fridge for a few days.

Enjoy!

~Julia

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