Lovely Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Hello Dear Reader,


As I mentioned last week, the boys went up north for a week, to experience a fishing charter, they had a great time and have bought back lots of lovely fresh fish for us to enjoy. So that means we will be eating a lot more fish in the near future.To that end I wanted to find a few new salads to serve with pan fried fish, this is the latest one that I made and it's a corker.

It has lots of wonderful fresh flavours with the bonus of protein from the chickpeas and quinoa, it is kinda similar to my "Just a Bit Different, Quinoa Tabbouleh" but with more ka-pow in terms of flavours. I also upped the flavour by including the zest of the lemon in the dressing, it always seems such a waste not to grate the zest off the citrus because that's where all the aroma and amazing flavour of the lemon is. I still have a few home grown lemons that I am using up and the rind is quite thin but still outrageously delicious.

It is a sinch to make too, just a bit of chopping of veggies, rinsing and cooking the Quinoa, make and shake the dressing, bring them all together and this lovely salad is done.

Ingredients for Lovely Quinoa and Chickpea Salad, clockwise from top right-1 cup of Quinoa cooked in the usual way, 1 smallish red onion, finely chopped, 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed, zest of one lemon (the juice goes in the dressing), 1 medium red capsicum, chopped, 1 Lebanese cucumber, finely chopped and 2 cups finely chopped parsley

Ingredients for the dressing, from right-1/4 cup oil preferred oil (I use rice bran oil) 2 cloves of garlic, grated on a microplane, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, juice of one lemon and a good grind of salt and pepper

In a large bowl add the red onion, can of chick peas, lemon zest, red capsicum, cucumber and parsley

Add all dressing ingredients to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and shake, shake, shake

Mix salad thoroughly 

Top with cooked Quinoa, pour over shaken dressing

And thoroughly mix to combine, let sit for 10 minutes or so before serving to let the flavours mingle

Colourful, delicious and good for you

This made quite the big salad, we had it over two nights, both times with fish and I think it was even better the next night as all the flavours had mingled beautifully. 

Make it today and if you do, don't forget to send a photo to my "Did you make it, show us" page using my email-fionachain@gmail.com

Have the loveliest of days
๐Ÿ’šFi

8 comments

  1. Fiona I don't know how you get your Quinoa to seperate and be all light and fluffy, I made your other Quinoa salad last Summer, and the Quinoa was awful, it stuck together in a gloopy, gluey, gluggy mess and ruined the salad. I cooked it as directed. do you have any thoughts on what I might have done wrong? Or what I can try to make it better?

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    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Not quite sure what happened to the quinoa, did you let it steam after it was cooked? I also make sure that every last bit of moisture is gone from the bottom of the pot before popping the lid on for 5 minutes or so. Hope that helps,
      Fi

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  2. My kind of salad Fiona! I will give it a try this weekend. Think it will be perfect to take to work for lunch and the quinoa is quite filling, so should keep me going all day!

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    1. Hi Libby,
      I have taken the leftover for my work lunch today, it is so delicious and as you say it is quite filling.
      Fi

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  3. Hi Fiona - thanks so much for this delicious recipe! I made it to have with fish and it was a perfect match. Have taken a photo and will email it to you. I'm thinking the leftovers could be yummy with some canned tuna for lunch. Enjoy your time away from work & I hope all the sorting and cleaning goes well. Cheers Melanie ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Hi Melanie,
      Thanks so much, when I receive the photo I will launch the page❤️ I had that same salad for lunch the last two days with a boiled egg for extra protein๐Ÿ˜Š thanks for the well wishes, I am quite looking forward to it now it’s here. Fi

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    2. Great, Fi, thanks. I emailed the photo - looking forward to reading this new page on your blog! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Hi,
    I have checked my email and there is no photo as yet, I will keep checking,
    Fi

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