Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad is an easy side dish you can throw together on a weeknight. Literally you throw the ingredients into a bowl and stir. Voilá, your side dish is done. If you are looking for a vegetarian dish, go ahead and make this a meal. The chickpeas and quinoa both add protein to this meatless dish. I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately. Truth be told, quinoa was not a favorite of mine.
It took me forever to learn to make it correctly. I don’t know why, it is really very simple. I would either over-cook it, and it would be a mushy mess or I would undercook it, and we would have crunchy quinoa. Finally I think I’ve got it. Rinse your quinoa! That is a big key. Next, almost every recipe I have seen says cook it for 15 minutes. I prefer 13 to 14 minutes. Basically if you can cook rice, you can cook quinoa.
You will actually get three quinoa recipes this summer. Whoa! Do I dare say, I’ve mastered quinoa? No, but I’ve been really happy with Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Sprouts and Smoked Almonds. Now Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad. Next month, you will get a casserole with quinoa and zucchini. Another trick I’ve found, make a big batch and freeze some quinoa. I love to do that with rice too. If I am up against a time constraint for getting dinner on the table, I can pull out some rice or quinoa from the freezer.
What do you think about quinoa? It seems to be a food people either love or hate. Although I am somewhere in the middle. So maybe my hypothesis is wrong. Let me know what you think.
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Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
- 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp pomegranate vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together.
Cover and refrigerate until needed.
I calculated 2 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
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