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Colorful vegetable quinoa salad with green avocado dressing in a ceramic bowl on a wooden serving plate.

Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Avocado Dressing

  • Author: Veronika | thehealthfulideas
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Colorful quinoa and chickpea salad with the creamiest avocado dressing! Great as a main or a side.


Ingredients

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  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 bell peppers, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced or finely chopped
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • ½-1 cup diced or crumbled feta
  • ¼-½ cup Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Instructions

  1. Make your dressing. The full recipe is linked above (with detailed information) or there's a short version in the notes section for easy access. You will need about ½ cup for this salad.
  2. Cook the quinoa. Thoroughly wash it and add to a small saucepan with 1 cup water and cook covered for 10-20 minutes (according to package instructions). Take off heat, fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas, prep and chop the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, kalamata olives, and feta.
  4. Add everything to the large with quinoa, along with ¼ cup of the dressing, and gently toss. Add more dressing if needed.
  5. Serve immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days. I don't recommend storing it for longer than that because of the feta and the yogurt in the dressing.

Notes

Avocado dressing:

  • 1 avocado, 150g Greek yogurt, a large handful of each fresh cilantro and fresh parsley, 1-2 cloves garlic, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 cup lime juice (1-2 limes), 1/4 cup water (or more as needed).

Add everything to a blender and blend on high until creamy. Add more water as needed or more lime juice to taste. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Keywords: green goddess dressing, quinoa salad, chickpeas

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