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Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Here is a great quinoa chickpea  salad recipe you will enjoy for lunch or dinner.

  • cups  quinoa
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed into paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon  salt plus a pinch
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 15 1/2ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup  sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup  pitted black olives, sliced
  • 1/3 cup  diced red bell pepper
  • 1 package spinach

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the quinoa and cook until just tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well.

2. Using the flat side of a knife, mash the garlic into a paste with the pinch of salt. Place in a large bowl and stir in the lemon juice, black pepper and remaining salt; whisk in the oil.

3. Add the cooked quinoa and the chickpeas, almonds, olives and bell pepper to the bowl and mix. Serve over the spinach  and drizzle with olive oil.

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Quinoa Chickpea Salad

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