Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

A deliciously, healthy salad with quinoa, chickpeas and cucumber with a simple pomegranate vinaigrette is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas is your solution.
Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish Recipe for Dinner

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.
Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish Recipe for Dinner

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.

Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish Recipe for Dinner

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Christie

 

Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish Recipe for Dinner

Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Course Gluten Free, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 11
Calories 95 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 2  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. I just recently tried some pomegranate balsamic - LOVED it. this is my kind of salad, quinoa is my favorite!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Kristina. I really love the pomegranate vinegar. It adds so much flavor without calories.
  2. This looks so good and refreshing for summer. Thanks for sharing.
  3. What's a substitute for pomegranate vinegar? Thanks!
  4. This would be a perfect make ahead meal - love all the crunchy flavors too!
  5. Talk about the perfect weekday lunch! Quinoa and chickpea are on the top of favourites.
  6. I love the addition of quinoa to this salad. I make a similar salad without the quinoa. I will be trying your version very soon. Thanks.
  7. That quinoa salad looks lovely! I haven't mastered quinoa yet either, but it's so versatile and something different from rice.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Alisa, Quinoa really is very versatile. It is starting to grow on me. I really enjoyed it in this salad.
  8. Michelle@healthiersteps says
    I love chickpeas and quinoa, I have never had pomegranate vinegar. Must taste very good!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      This is a delicious combination Michelle. The pomegranate vinegar really pulled it all together.
  9. I don't have pomegranate vinegar but I do have pomegranate syrup, so I'll have to improvise on your delicious dressing. As to quinoa, my secret is to dry toast it. Like you, I used to dislike it, but now with dry toasting, I find it decent, if not delicious-tasting. .
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Laura, Sometimes I will dry roast it, but I have to admit it is rare. My lack of patience get in the way. It is a fabulous tip to make the quinoa more flavor.
  10. Kelly @ TastingPage says
    What a lovely and easy summer salad!
  11. 1 oz chickpea can? Is there such thing in the market? Or are we supposed to add only 1 oz worth of chickpeas?

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