Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Bobbie Published: December 3, 2020 Modified: September 29, 2021
Quinoa Salad Recipe

How To Make Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad is a gluten-free and vegan dish that is full of colorful cucumbers, bell peppers, and chickpeas dressed with lemon juice.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1cupuncooked quinoa,rinsed in a fine-mesh colander
  • 2cupswater
  • 15ozchickpeas,,rinsed and drained or 1½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1cucumber,medium, seeded and chopped
  • 1red bell pepper,medium, chopped
  • ¾cupred onion,chopped
  • 1cupparsley,finely chopped flat-leaf, from 1 large bunch
  • ¼cupolive oil
  • ¼cuplemon juice,from 2 to 3 lemons
  • 1tbspred wine vinegar
  • 2clovesgarlic,pressed or minced
  • ½tspfine sea salt
  • ground black pepper,freshly, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the rinsed quinoa and the water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.

  2. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, reducing heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes, to give it time to fluff up.

  3. In a large serving bowl, combine the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and parsley. Set aside.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic and salt. Whisk until blended, then set aside.

  5. Once the quinoa is mostly cool, add it to the serving bowl, and drizzle the dressing on top. Toss until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Season with black pepper, to taste, and add an extra pinch of salt if necessary.

  6. For best flavor, let the salad rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

  7. This salad keeps well in the refrigerator, covered, for about 4 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 362.60kcal
  • Fat: 11.45g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.45g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.03g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.91g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.45g
  • Fiber: 9.19g
  • Sugar: 7.84g
  • Protein: 14.81g
  • Sodium: 168.30mg
  • Calcium: 68.01mg
  • Potassium: 672.13mg
  • Iron: 4.06mg
  • Vitamin A: 58.80µg
  • Vitamin C: 36.45mg
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