This is a very filling and healthy salad with very few calories and a lot of vitamins and minerals. If you need some protein this recipe is perfect. As you know chickpeas are excellent source a fiber and because of it they help with weight loss. And quinoa is an excellent source of magnesium, phosphoru, and fiber as well.
It is so tasty and the smell is intoxicating I guess it’s because of the coriander: a little weed that most people don’t know or like, however it has a lot of potassium and vitamin A.
Every time I make it, I have to make a second batch because it goes quickly. Did I mention it is 100% vegan? ❤
1 cup of chickpeas cooked
1 cup of quinoa cooked
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 medium size tomato dice
1 medium-sized sized bell pepper dice ( whatever color you want green, yellow, or orange but don’t use red)
1 tablespoon of minced onion
2 tablespoons of chopped coriander
1/8 of a teaspoon of salt
Pepper to taste
First you need to cook the chickpeas or if you like you could use a can of chickpeas. Chickpeas are easy to cook. I usually cook like two pounds of it use what I need and freeze the rest for later. You just put the chickpeas in water add a dash of salt and let it boil. Quinoa is also very easy to cook it’s like rice but unlike rice it doesn’t rise. Put a little water to boil at the quinoa sprinkle some salt let it boil and you’re done. People have asked me, when do I know when the quinoa is cooked? Very easy it looks a little more transparent and you good you will start seeing little hoops.
After the quinoa and the chickpeas are cooked the next step is very difficult 😉. In a large bowl you place the tomato, the bell pepper ,the onion, the coriander, then the chickpeas, the quinoa, and the salt mix it all up and add the EVO oil. Finally squeeze the lemon, add the lemon juice. Mix it all up again and Wallah. Delicious chickpea and quinoa salad.
*Note: do not add limes. Limes over power the flavors. The combination of coriander and lemons with the touch of olive oil is what makes this salad come alive and brings out every individual flavor. It is so delicious.
**Note: if you like the taste of garlic you can try EVOO with a hint of garlic.