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Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby velvetelvis » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:30 pm

I had this salad yesterday at the Rembrandt Cafe, NC Museum of Art in Raleigh and loved it. I just attempted my knock-off version and the recipe is as follows:

Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

1/2 finely diced red onion
1/2 finely diced cucumber
1 small tomato, finely diced
1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Add cooked quinoa
Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.


Mix all together and enjoy.

It may not be an exact duplicate of the original but I liked the result and hope you do, too. I think it will be tastier when it has a chance to "get used to itself." And it's pretty.
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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby KatherineUK » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:36 pm

velvetelvis wrote:I had this salad yesterday at the Rembrandt Cafe, NC Museum of Art in Raleigh and loved it. I just attempted my knock-off version and the recipe is as follows:

Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

1/2 finely diced red onion
1/2 finely diced cucumber
1 small tomato, finely diced
1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Add cooked quinoa
Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.


Mix all together and enjoy.

It may not be an exact duplicate of the original but I liked the result and hope you do, too. I think it will be tastier when it has a chance to "get used to itself." And it's pretty.



yum - thanks for this lovely mix

the museum looks lovely too

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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby stoumi » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:45 pm

Excellent recipe! Reminds me of the couscous salad I have been making (courtesy of Janet is Hungry blog)recently (minus beans). I will have to give this recipe a try tonight with a pasta dish I am making.
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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby kirstykay » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:24 pm

How much cooked Quinoa do you add?

I just bought some and I was wondering what to do with it. I know it's really good for you, but it's somewhat foreign to me, so I'm excited to try this recipe--Thanks!
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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby velvetelvis » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:09 pm

Kirstykay,

I cooked one cup of quinoa with two cups of water and used the whole batch for this recipe. This was a seat-of-the-pants concoction with amounts for the end result being just a guess.

Enjoy!
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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby kirstykay » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:54 pm

Thanks! That helps. I think I have everything to make it this week.
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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby stoumi » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:43 pm

Followed the directions as given by velvetelvis and the salad was a great complement to our Pasta Con Broccoli, a recipe I got in this thread by healthy vegan. My wife, who is a bit quinoa fan tried the salad and ended up having seconds. She did add just a bit of salt after the fact, so also suggested I add some apple cider vinegar to the cucumbers before adding the remaining ingredients. I might try that next time has I had none in the pantry. Here is how the salad looked:

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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby velvetelvis » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:05 pm

Stoumi --

Yum!! Looks great. I was thinking it could stand just a tiny bit of lemon zest for a bit more kick. I guess vinegar goes in a similar direction.

Loved the picture!!
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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby stoumi » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:15 pm

Thanks again for the wonderful salad idea!
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Re: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Postby shell1226 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:52 am

I can't wait to try this! I love quinoa, but sometimes I'm at a loss as to what to do with it. This would be perfect!
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