Spicy Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Who doesn’t love adding to their quinoa recipe arsenal? This salad is a great way to do so. Quinoa and chickpeas are complemented by poblano peppers, pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes in this summer salad recipe. It’s loaded with nutrients and flavor. This versatile dish can be eaten as a meal or a side.

Each serving is 333 calories.

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Total Time: 50 minutes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yields: 6 servings

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  • Quinoa


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 3.5 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Add quinoa and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to low and cover pot. Cook 10 minutes. Turn heat off but leave pot on burner for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until water has been absorbed.
  2. In a bowl, combine quinoa, beans, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, poblano, lime zest, and pine nuts.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together olive oil, champagne vinegar, lime juice, garlic, cardamom, pepper, and salt.
  4. Pour oil mixture over quinoa mixture and stir.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour, or until served.


  • Vegetarian and vegan!


Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Servings per batch 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 126 (38%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 21%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 465mg 24%
Potassium 1122mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 8g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 8%
Iron 34%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Spicy Quinoa and Chickpea Salad was last modified: January 18th, 2015 by Audrey

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