Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe

This Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe is filled with crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and tender quinoa, tossed in a deliciously easy dressing.

This Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe is filled with crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and tender quinoa, tossed in a deliciously easy dressing.pinterestThis summer I’m planning on sitting pool-side, watching the kids splash around and enjoying cool and refreshing lunches like this Chickpea Quinoa Salad.

Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe:

  • If you don’t already have it, cook up a batch of quinoa and let it cool.
  • Combine some drained and rinsed chickpeas, chopped cucumber, diced onion and feta cheese in a large bowl.
  • Toss with the cooled quinoa and some freshly chopped parsley (I like to use the curly leaf parsley for this salad).

Combine all the ingredients for this cool and refreshing quinoa salad in a large bowl.

How To Make Easy Homemade Salad Dressing

Don’t be intimidated by the task of making your own homemade salad dressing for this quinoa salad. It’s just a few ingredients shaken together in a mason jar or salad dressing bottle. You can also use store bought Italian dressing with this salad in a pinch.

  • Combine Extra Virgin Olive Oil (use a good quality if you can), red wine vinegar, lemon juice (fresh is best), sugar, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a jar.
  • Screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously until combined.
  • Pour over the quinoa salad toss to coat.

Drizzle the homemade Italian salad dressing over the quinoa salad and toss to coat.

How To Cook Quinoa –

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a gluten free grain that is found in the rice aisle. The quinoa grain is coated in a lot of starch, so it’s crucial to give the quinoa a really good cleaning before cooking to make sure it cooks up nice and fluffy.

  1. Use a fine mesh strainer to run cold water over the quinoa. Use your hands to gently rub the quinoa under the cold water to give it a little “wash.”
  2. Keep rinsing until the water running off the quinoa turns clear.
  3. Drain the quinoa and add to a pot of water. (The ratio to cook quinoa is 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water or stock)
  4. Bring the pot to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed.
  5. Let sit for 5 minutes with the lid on, then fluff with fork.

How Much Does 1 cup of Uncooked Quinoa Make?

This recipe calls for 3 cups of COOKED quinoa… so exactly how many cups of UNCOOKED quinoa do you need?

1 CUP OF UNCOOKED QUINOA WILL PRODUCE 3 CUPS OF COOKED QUINOA

Toss all the ingredients together and chill until ready to serve.

Can You Make This Salad Ahead of Time?

YES! This is one of those salads that tastes great on the first day, but I think tastes even better the second day. The salad dressing has time to penetrate and flavor the quinoa and chickpeas.

If you’re wanting to make it more than 48 hours in advance, you’ll want to wait to add the feta cheese and salad dressing until ready to serve.

This Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe is filled with crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and tender quinoa, tossed in a deliciously easy dressing.

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Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe

Toss all the ingredients together and chill until ready to serve.

This deliciously easy Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe is filled with crisp cucumbers, fluffy quinoa and feta cheese in a light and tangy dressing.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 (15oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup purple onion, diced
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 cups chilled, cooked quinoa
  • ⅓ cup freshly chopped parsley

For the Dressing:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the chickpeas, cucumber, onion, feta, quinoa and parsley in a large bowl.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small mason jar and shake with the lid on until combined. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Keep chilled until ready to enjoy!

Notes

Salad can be made up to a day in advance. If you need to prepare more in advance, do not mix with dressing until ready to serve.

Keywords: Quinoa Salad, Cucumber, Side Dish, Chickpea, Summer, BBQ

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
4 Responses
  1. Lisa Elissiry

    Hi Shawn,
    I have an allergy to wine and can’t ingest the red wine vinegar. Can you recommend a substitute vinegar for the red wine vinegar… apple cider perhaps or?

    1. Hey Lisa, you can try balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar or even dry sherry in place of red wine vinegar. I think apple cider vinegar would be a little too strong for this salad.

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