Chickpea and Quinoa Salad
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Chickpea & Quinoa Salad…

Perfect for a light lunch or dinner, this salad is jam-packed with nutritional goodness. Read More...

Chickpeas, pomegranate and quinoa, all have great range of health benefits. After a tasty fresh spiced chickpea salad at Miha Restaurant at The Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in New Zealand, I though I would share with you a favourite salad recipe I prepare at home. It’s great as a side or delicious served on it’s own. Perfect for a light lunch or dinner, this salad is jam-packed with nutritional goodness.

Chickpea & Quinoa Salad


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 ½ cups chicken stock

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

½ cup chopped parsley

¼ cup chopped mint

1 cucumber diced

½ cup pomegranate seeds

¼ cup cranberries

1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Dressing Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil

4 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tbsp pomegranate molasses

¼ teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon salt


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté lightly then add quinoa and toast for a few minutes. Add stock to the quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 mins or until water is absorbed. Cool completely. Once cool, fluff the quinoa with a fork.

In a serving bowl toss cucumber, herbs, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate and chickpeas to combine. Add the cooled quinoa.

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over quinoa and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

*Vegan option: Substitute chicken stock for water and omit honey in dressing.

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32 comments on “Chickpea & Quinoa Salad…

  1. This sounds delicious and a great alternative to regular salad options.

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  2. Looks healthy, delicious and easy to make!

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  3. This sounds very delicious and healthy too. I adore chickpeas! Cheers sherry

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  4. Where am I going to find Pomegranate molasses, Lorelle. Or could I substitute ordinary molasses, or honey? It looks beautiful. Such colour!

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  5. Looks delish. Finally I’ve found some sunshine and it’s salad weather. I’m going to make this tomorrow!

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  6. Looks absolutely delicious. Perfect for us in our new healthy lifestyle too.

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  7. Looks so pretty. I love the way pomegranate seeds give things an almost glassy looking garnish.

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  8. Yum that sounds and looks delicious. Have you come across the quinoa that is grown in Tasmania? It is particularly good.

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  9. And it looks pretty too 🙂 🙂

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  10. That needs to be added to my Breakfast list.Thanks for the receipe.Hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  11. Hey Lorelle,
    Did you include cranberries or sultanas? I wasn’t sure when looking at the ingredients list. You mention cranberries in your method. The salad was super delicous, I jsut added more honey as I couldn’t source the molasses. Thanks so much for sharing this. I loved it.

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    • Hi Amanda
      Thanks for letting me know
      It’s meant to be just cranberries, but of course you can always add or substitute the sultanas too.
      Glad you enjoyed it. The extra honey is a good substitute for the pomegranate molasses. ❤️

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  13. I bet this is quite refreshing on the palette too great recipe for a meat free Monday in the summer!

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