Quinoa Chickpea Salad

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This quinoa chickpea salad is healthy and colourful, and full of herbs and flavour. Enjoy as a light lunch or dinner, or a healthy side salad.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
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Apr 1, 2020 (Last updated Sep 12, 2021) by Hannah Sunderani

Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Here’s an easy and vegan quinoa chickpea salad recipe for you. Made with fresh veg, herbs, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and quinoa. I love making cold quinoa salads during the Spring and Summer season. They are light and refreshing, flavourful and protein-packed. Enjoy quinoa salads for an easy lunch and dinner, or as a side dinner salad.

This is also a great recipe to make when you’re looking to use up any random veg you have in your fridge. Got half an onion? One lonely tomato or a few celery sticks? Well, you’ve got yourself a quinoa salad.

Of course, the ingredients in this recipe can be switched up to use what you have on hand. (Sub celery sticks for carrots, or tomatoes for bell peppers).

Have fun getting creative and mixing in your favourite veg. The best part about quinoa is that you can mix it with everything.

As for the dressing, I’ve opted in for a lemon vinaigrette. It’s light, bright and refreshing. I know you’ll love it.

So, let me tell. you exactly how to make this easy vegan quinoa chickpea salad.

Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Ingredients for this Quinoa Chickpea Salad

The ingredients for this recipe

The ingredients for this quinoa chickpea salad is fresh and simple. You will need:

  • quinoa
  • water
  • red onion
  • celery
  • baby tomatoes
  • parsley
  • dill
  • chickpeas
  • pumpkin seeds

As for the lemon vinaigrette, you’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • garlic
  • sea salt
  • pepper

As you can see, the ingredients are simple and straight forward. There is nothing confusing or strange. And you might already have these ingredients in your fridge and pantry. Which is why I have given it my newbie cook stamp of approval.

Is quinoa salad healthy?

Now, I’m not a registered dietitian, but I say YES! Certainly, quinoa salads are a healthy dish that I turn to for clean eating. Quinoa salads are full of colourful and healthy vegetables, and quinoa is a great source of protein for vegans.

I know Healthline won’t argue with me that quinoa salads are healthy. No doubt, this quinoa salad is healthy using fresh colourful veg and a simple citrus vinaigrette.

What I love most about healthy quinoa salads vs. healthy traditional salads is how the grain (quinoa) adds heartiness to the dish to keep you fuller longer. Unlike salads, where I get hungry a couple hours later, quinoa sticks with you for longer. So I don’t need to reach for snacks as often between meals.

is quinoa salad healthy?

Tips for this recipe

Now, this recipe is pretty simple and straight forward. But a couple of tips will help you nail this quinoa salad. So, let’s dive deeper into how to cook quinoa properly, and what you can mix with quinoa.

How do you cook quinoa?

To cook quinoa; you want a 2:1 ratio of water to quinoa. Let simmer in a pot with the lid on for 12-15 minutes. Until all the water is absorbed. Cooking quinoa is just like cooking rice.

Then, remove from heat and fluff with a wooden spoon. What I like to do next is place a tea towel over top of the pot for 10 minutes, or until ready to eat. To absorb the steam without drying out. This helps to make your quinoa even fluffier.

What can you mix with quinoa?

Now, when it comes to making quinoa salads you can pretty much use any veg that your heart desires. Cooked or raw!

I love this combo of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and herbs. But feel free to experiment with your favourite veggies, and whatever you have in your fridge.

The best part about quinoa is that it’s so versatile, just like rice. So you can pair it with pretty much everything for tasty salads and buddha bowls.

And, sub quinoa for rice in your favourite dishes for a little more protein. Try serving with curry, chili, tofu, or even make spring rolls with it!

Quinoa Chickpea Salad is so easy to make. It's healthy and vegan. Serve as a summer side salad, or a light lunch or dinner.

How long does quinoa salad last?

Quinoa salad will last in the fridge for 3-5 days. Store in an air-tight container.

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So, there we have it. A very simple and easy quinoa chickpea salad recipe. It’s healthy, gluten-free, colourful and full of fresh herbs and flavour. I’m sure you’re going to love it as much as we do.

And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

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Quinoa Chickpea Salad

This quinoa chickpea salad is healthy and colourful, and full of herbs and flavour. Enjoy as a light lunch or dinner, or a healthy side salad.
chickpea quinoa salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serves 6 people


  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked (I used tricolour quinoa)
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 red onion small
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (300g/10 oz)
  • 1/2 cup parsley tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup dill tightly packed
  • 1 can chickpeas (400 ml/14 fl oz)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Lemon Vinaigrette dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil + 1 tbsp
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • sea salt pinch
  • pepper pinch


  • In a saucepan combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook quinoa for 12-15 minutes. Fluff with a spoon and cover with tea towel. Let rest.
  • Dice onion, and chop celery and tomatoes into small chunks. Finely chop parsley and dill. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine quinoa with veg, herbs, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds.
  • Prepare vinaigrette: in a small mixing bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, sea salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pour lemon vinaigrette over quinoa salad and toss to combine.


Quinoa salad will keep in fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an air-tight container.
Nutritional information is a rough estimate. 



Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 906IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. I made this for dinner the other night and it was great! Such a good summer salad. Very fresh and healthy. The tomatoes and fresh herbs make it!

    • Thanks Krystal! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying this quinoa salad! I find it so refreshing as well!

  2. Made this recipe and it was delicious! So fresh and crunchy. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for sharing!