Monday, April 16, 2012

Lemon Quinoa Avocado Cilantro Chickpea Salad

Looking for something light and healthy? This salad was full of flavor and health! The recipe is from this blog via Pinterest (via Emily's pin :-)). We loved it and it made a large bowl that will last us some lunches, too. It has a bunch (literally, an entire bunch) of cilantro, so if you're not a fan of the herb, it's not for you. My only change to the recipe was upping the garlic, of course. Enjoy!

1/2 C. dry quinoa
2 C. vegetable broth
1 can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
1 c. cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 avocados diced
2 C. spinach
1 bunch cilantro
1/4 C. onion
2 small cloves garlic
For the dressing:
Juice of 2 lemons
zest of 1 lemon
2 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. agave nectar
1/2 tsp. cumin
dash of salt and pepper

1. Make your quinoa first. Soak the quinoa in a pot in the veggie broth for about 15 minutes. After that, turn on the heat to medium high and let the quinoa come to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to medium/low and let quinoa simmer. Stir every so often, and cook quinoa for about 20-25 minutes just until the liquid absorbs. You don’t want it completely dried out, so when there is just a TINY amount of liquid left in the pot, remove it from heat and put a lid on it. Set it aside, and make the rest of the salad.
2. In a food processor, add your spinach and cilantro.
3. Process the greens until they are finely diced. You can do this by hand as well if you don’t have a food processor.

4. Add the greens to a bowl, and set aside. Next take your onion and garlic and finely dice those (I do this in the food processor to), and add to the greens mixture. Next add your chickpeas and stir until everything is combined and coated. If the quinoa is cooled, you can add it to the chickpea mixture next.

5. Make your dressing by whisking all the ingredients together. Pour over salad, and mix until combined. Add in tomatoes and avocado and mix. Set in fridge for about 10-15 minutes before serving so the flavors set.


Emily said...

We tried this tonight and thought it was great! Very tangy with the lemon juice and peel. Lots of flavor.

The Alchemist said...

I made this and LOVED it!! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

Heather said...

Sadly, I found the lemon to be serious overkill. The juice of two whole lemons is an insane amount of lemon, especially if using a wooden reamer that really gets all the juice out of it like we do. We couldn't taste any of the wonderful other ingredients - chickpeas, avocado, red onion, cilantro - because the lemon was all there was. I'd recommend going by a number of TBSP instead of the juice of X# of lemons next time.