Chickpea Quinoa Salad

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Chickpea Quinoa Salad, I love eating light meals during the summer. This is so perfect for lunch or a light dinner. The beauty of it is that it comes together so quick and it can be served warm or cold. This salad SCREAMS summer to me.

You can pre-make the quinoa, dressing, have chopped veggies ready to go and assemble right before eating. It would also be such a good/ healthy option for the big grilling weekend coming up! It comes together in just under 20 minutes. Stays fresh in the fridge for about 3-4 days. You can use this recipe to meal prep and store them in separate containers or mason jars. I hope you will like this easy summer recipe! Also make sure to check the “notes” section for how to cook quinoa perfectly and all the variations/ add-in.

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Prep time: 5 minutesCook time: 15 minutesTotal time: 20 minutesMakes: 4 servings


  • 1 can chickpeas, washed and drained 
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced 
  • 1 bell peppers, diced  
  • 5-6 baby tomatoes halved 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red chili powder 
  • 1/2 tsp dhana jeeru (cumin coriander powder)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder 
  • 1 tbsp red crushed pepper 
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste  
  • chaat masala  to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Dash of agave or honey
  • 1 green onion, chopped (optional)
  • Cilantro, Chopped (optional)


  1. In a bowl mix together all the chickpea, diced veggies & quinoa.
  2. In small bowl add olive oil, red chili powder, cumin powder, dhana jeeru, red crushed pepper, salt, pepper, chaat masala, lemon juice, and agave. Mix well until everything is incorporated.
  3. Pour the dressing to the chickpea,veggie, & quinoa mixture. Top it with chaat masala, cilantro, and green onions.
  4. Serve it warm or cold!


  • I cook my quinoa according to package directions, but here is the method thats worked for me… 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups water, bring to a rapid boil. Once the water is boiling, cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 12-15 minutes. Once cooked, let it sit covered for another 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  • If you follow the above method, your quinoa will be really fluffy and separate.
  • You can add any other veggies you like in this.
  • Avocado would be great in here.
  • You can even add grilled veggies like eggplant, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli.
  • Add spinach or arugula in it for more greens.

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