Friday, August 10, 2012

Recipe: Chickpea-Quinoa Salad

I made up this pretty amazing lunch salad recipe the other day. It's super-easy to make and great to bring along to work. Plus, it has a great refreshing taste and is quite healthy! You can also make it raw by sprouting the chickpeas and quinoa. Since I made up this recipe, the ingredient amounts below are approximate and you can add more/less of each ingredient as you wish. This would also make a great side to a dinner dish!

Ingredients (makes about 3 servings)

1/2 cup of dried quinoa
1 cup water
2 16-oz cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

1 small carton of cherry tomatoes
1/2 bunch of cilantro
3 green onions
1 red pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the quinoa and water in a pot and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Meanwhile, chop the cilantro, onions, and red pepper to small pieces. Also, cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Finally combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix with the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can add other spices too but the combination of vegetables already provides a great taste. The salad can be refrigerated for up to a week.

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