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Quinoa & chickpea salad

23 Jun 2020 • 5 min read

Packed full of protein, this quinoa & chickpea salad is simple, quick to make, incredibly versatile and works perfectly as an impressive side dish!

There are many benefits to adding protein into your diet; it’s a macronutrient made up of strings of essential amino acids that we need to grow, repair, and maintain bones & muscles, it can keep you feeling fuller for longer and it can reduce fatigue. Ultimately, keeping you moving better, for longer! 

Jump to: Ingredients | Method 

Gluten Free
Prep time: 5mins
Cook time: 20mins
Total time: 25mins


For the salad:

  • 120g quinoa
  • 360ml water
  • 1 tin chickpeas, 240g drained weight
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 handful of dill

For the dressing:

  • 35g cashews
  • 180ml water
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Top tip: For those wanting to pad out this salad with even more protein, you could add some greek yoghurt to the side and grill some tofu or chicken to add on top! 

Jordan Whiting, one of our nutritionists at H&B, who has a MSc in Sports & Exercise Nutrition and specialises in the benefits of natural foods explains why some of these ingredients are great to include in your diet: 





Greek yoghurt


Grilled chicken breast



  1. Add the quinoa to a pan with the 360ml water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until it has absorbed all of the liquid.
  2. In the meantime, finely dice the vegetables and finely chop the herbs. 
  3. Boil the cashews for 15 minutes until soft and plump.
  4. Drain and leave to cool before adding to a high speed blender with 180ml water, the juice of a lemon, garlic and olive oil.
  5. Blitz on high until you have a smooth, creamy dressing.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Once the quinoa is cooled and the dressing made, toss all the ingredients together and serve.

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Author: Emma WaltonVegan Food Blogger

Emma is a vegan food blogger who has been sharing recipes for the last 12 years. Her recipes range from light, healthy recipes to decadent cakes, suitable for a plant based diet.

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