Quinoa Salad With Chickpeas And Avocado

By | 14.4.2015

I first tried quinoa chickpeas salad in Old Town Bakeshop and I fell in love with it instantly. The following recipe is a compilation of several recipes I found on the internet. Preparation is very simple. You can even have leftovers for another day.

Recipe is for 4 servings, 1 serving contains ca. 616 kcal, and costs around 100 CZK (June 2015)

200g (1 cup) white quinoa (Country Life)
310g (1 can) chickpeas (Bonduelle Vapeur)
3 table spoons (45 ml) olive oil
3 tablespoons (45 ml) lemon juice
30 cherry tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 taspoon dried oregano
2 pcs (50 g) green onions
200g balkan cheese (Balsýr Žirovnický) or feta
2 avocados
fresh basil

Soak the quinoa in enough cold water, stir and let it soak for 15 minutes. Strain and rinse it under cold water. Put the quinoa in a small pot and add 300ml (1.5 cup) of cold water. Bring to boil and cook over very low flame for 15 minutes. It should just simmer. Stir it occasionaly to prevent the content from sticking to the pot and burning. All the water will eventualy absorb/evaporate. When it’s done, fluff it with a fork, put it in a large bowl and let it cool down. You can even put it in a fridge for a while.

Cut the cherry tomatoes in quarters. Cut the green onions to thin rings, use only the green stems. Press the garlic or chop it finely.

Strain the chickpeas and add it into the cold quinoa. Add all ingredients except for the avocado. Crumble in the feta cheese. Stir everything well to combine all the flavors together, and put the salad in a fridge for some time.

Dice the avocado and add it to the salad right before serving so it doesn’t turn brown.

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