Our quinoa chickpea salad is super easy to make and its easy. Quinoa is pronounced Keen-wah its a grain that has double the protein power and has great anti aging health benefits. Quinoa does not contain gluten so it is perfect for a gluten free lifestyle. I used an organic red quinoa in my recipe.
½ cup red or white quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
1-cup water or chicken stock
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
Pinch of salt
1-cup fresh or frozen corn
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
½ cup chickpeas, rinsed if in a can
1 medium tomato, diced small
2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, minced
2 tablespoons sweet onion, diced
1. Place the red quinoa and water (or stock) in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 17 minutes. All the water should be absorbed and the quinoa should be tender. Place the quinoa in a non-reactive bowl and let cool before adding to the vegetables.
2. In a small bowl mix the lemon juice, olive oil, cilantro and a ¼ teaspoon of salt together once combined set the dressing aside.
3. Once the red quinoa is cool then proceed with adding the rest of the ingredients. Add the dressing; toss to combine. Chill. Makes 4 side servings.
Do you cook with Quinoa maybe you have a great recipe to share? What else would you add it this salad?