This clean eating Italian chickpea quinoa salad is a simple twist on a cookbook recipe.
The original recipe called for Orzo. But the store didn’t have any whole grain Orzo, so I subbed with quinoa for a quick, delicious dinner. It was simple to make, and made a wonderful salad for the whole family.
This is a light but hearty salad that makes a wonderful meal on it’s very own. It will also pair nicely with either fish, beef or chicken. My particular favorite being chicken.
On it’s own it has plenty of complete protein thanks to the quinoa, which has all 9 essential amino acids. Plant-based folks will be very happy with this one as a complete meal.
It’s great to take to a pot luck or barbecue when you just need something quick and simple to throw together that everyone can enjoy. It’s the best of both worlds for meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THIS CLEAN EATING RECIPE:
CLEAN EATING ITALIAN CHICKPEA QUINOA SALAD RECIPE:
Recipe adapted from: Skinny Suppers by Brooke Griffin.
A light yet hearty summer salad that works for plant-based folks and meat eaters alike!
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (about a 1/2 cup rinsed and cooked to package directions)
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (look for low or no sodium)
- 15 oz. can chickpeas (rinsed and drained or homemade)
- 6 medium garlic cloves (minced)
- 1/2 small English cucumber (diced fine)
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 2 tbsp. fresh, chopped basil
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Prep all your ingredients, then simply mix them all together in a large mixing bowl. This can be served warm or cold, as a side dish or vegetarian main meal.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.