Nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad

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Nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad
Diet Info: DF GF F LF Na LS VG V Fa

This nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad, oh my God, I am addicted to it! In-fact, I wouldn't call this a salad, instead it is a perfect meal with good serving of protein, veggies, carbs, and is yet lite and healthy. 

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My love for quinoa and chickpeas shine through this salad. Chickpeas are everyone's favorite in my family. Back home, over the weekends, we used to order spicy Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala) and Indian Bread from a local early-morning eatery and devoured heavy breakfast with spicy Mango Pickle. Those days, no one asked for any food until dinner time..... just filling and satisfying brunch, eat and hibernate..... if there was any chickpea curry leftover, that was a MUST have, on side, for dinner :)

Chickpeas and Quinoa Salad with Asparagus. Vegan, gluten-free, great to make-ahead!

Here, I don't get to enjoy those feasts very often, so I keep looking and experimenting with lots of salads/sides/curries with chickpeas. Quinoa is yet another favorite component in this salad. I specially love it for low-starch content. A little sauteing of cooked quinoa gives this salad nutty and chewy bite. You can also add some toasted walnuts for crunch, but I find this salad great even without them. 

Not just for taste or remembering old times, there are many other qualities of this chickpea salad which makes me love it every-time I make it:

1) First, serve this chickpea salad for lunch, and then carry on your day feeling full.... without any mid-evening snacks cravings.
2) This salad is not just vegan but also gluten free. 
3) You can make this salad ahead of time and then keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
4) If you looking for healthy gluten free holiday dinner sides, this salad is your answer.

Chickpeas and Quinoa Salad with Asparagus. Vegan, gluten-free, great to make-ahead!

I like to enjoy this salad with a glass of salted buttermilk which is certainly not vegan. So, feel free to take glass of orange juice or coconut water as vegan alternatives.

Happy to share yet another salad recipe with you all. You can find a lot more salads for coming holidays in my SALAD and SIDES Collection.

And from Chef De Home recipe repertoire: 

One year ago, Quinoa Salad with Roasted Corn and Mango
Three years ago, Rustic Spinach, Artichokes and Basil Pesto Pizza

Happy Cooking!

Nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad

Nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: American () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings - Serves: 4
(2 substantial or 4 lite salad servings.)


Smart Swap: You can replace chickpeas with fava beans or asparagus with snap peas too.


  • 1. Cook Quinoa - In a deep pot, bring 1 cup water to rolling boil. Add 1/4 tsp salt and quinoa. Bring to boil, then simmer for 6-10 minutes or until almost all water has been absorbed and quinoa has started to sprout (or cook qunioa per package directions). Cover and remove from heat. Set aside covered.
  • Step for Recipe - Nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad 2. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add diced asparagus, and then saute on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until asparagus is tender, then add red pepper flakes.
  • Step for Recipe - Nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad 3. Now add cooked qunioa, and saute for 3-4 minutes. Sauteing cooked quinoa gives distinct nutty and chew taste to qunioa.
  • Step for Recipe - Nutty Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad 4. Remove qunioa from heat. Add canned, rinsed chickpeas, then add lemon juice, remaining olive oil, and mix well. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Let it come to room temperature or chill in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. Mix in chopped cilantro (or parsley if using), cucumber, and capers just before serving.

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23 Responses

  1. Love to find interesting vegetarian recipes. I will try this at a family potluck this weekend.
  2. Congrats!! @Bryan, please claim your winning with in a week. Email chefs(at)chefdehome(dot)com with same email address you used to enter in the giveaway.
  3. I was a picky eater as a child, so I didn't like sides - my favorite part of the meal was turkey.
  4. I recently tried a turkey sandwich at starbucks and loved every bite! Growing up, I always asked for ham, turkey was never my favorite, but I guess I am liking it these days.
  5. I have vivid memories of sitting for holiday dinner and waiting for dessert course. Desserts have always been my weakness, specially pumpkin-pecan pies are to-die-for!
  6. My favorite Thanksgiving food, since childhood, is turkey.
  7. @Annette, I appreciate your enthusiasm to participate, but exact same comment every day will result in duplicate entry. Please try to share more thoughts with us. again, thanks a ton for participating!
  8. @Bryan, @Carol, @Neeli, @Jane, @Annette thanks for participating.
  9. My favorite childhood Holiday Food is turkey.
  10. I shared on Google + (Carol Ezovski) My favorite food as a child and even now is turkey and stuffing.
  11. OMG! I am drooling look at the pics. sharing!
  12. Great giveaway!! waiting to buy some goodies from sur la table!
  13. One of my favorite childhood Holiday Foods is turkey.
  14. Love to have a cup of hot chocolate, every day, all holiday season!
  15. @Annette, thank you for participating!
  16. My favorite childhood Holiday Food is fried turkey.
  17. I love chickpeas. Chickpeas with asparagus and quinoa sounds like a great combination. Have to try this one soon!
  18. I have always loved cranberry sauce.
  19. @Annette, @Ani, @Neeli, thank you so much for participating!
  20. My favorite childhood Holiday Food is cornbread dressing.
  21. I have always loved cranberry sauce!
  22. We love to enjoy all sorts of fried, baked hand-pies during holidays and festivals. potato stuffed, meat stuffed are my fav. sharing on g+ :)
  23. Savita, chickpeas curry is one of my favorite family recipe too!! This salad looks so tempting and pictures are clicked beautifully!