Packed full of flavor and good-for-you ingredients, this Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas is one of my favorite quinoa salad recipes. It is a quick, healthy, and versatile dish that can be a main meal or masquerade as a holiday side dish as well.
This Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas is a warm, sautéed, plant-protein-packed dish. I usually enjoy this as a meal with some avocado and chips. It is packed full of wholesome goodness and flavor from ingredients like ginger, garlic, onion, coriander, smoked paprika, and turmeric.
This dish is made with 15 ingredients, but, some of them can be replaced with some of your favorites.
What are the ingredients in this Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas?
- Red onion
I used a fresh red onion in this dish as it added a bit of color. But, you can use a yellow onion if that’s what you have on hand. When the onions are lightly sautéed, they all taste delicious. However, onion powder would not be a good substitute.
I used fresh garlic in this recipe. But, if you prefer, you can use some of the peeled garlic that’s stored in glass jars in the produce section of most stores. Replacing the fresh garlic with garlic powder would alter the taste of this dish drastically.
I used fresh ginger in this recipe. As with the garlic, ginger powder would not be a good substitute. The fresh onion, garlic, and ginger used in this dish not only add in tons of flavor to this dish, but this trio has a multitude of nutritional benefits between them as well.
I used a few stalks of fresh salary in this dish. But, celery is one of those ingredients that can be substituted. If you prefer, you could use a green bell pepper instead.
Carrots are another one of those ingredients that is versatile. You can replace it with one of your other favorite veggies. You could add in diced sweet potato if you prefer. Or, simply leave out the carrots completely.
- Frozen peas
While I used frozen peas in this dish, you could use fresh peas if you prefer. Or, you could use another veggie instead. For example, you could use frozen edamame or frozen corn instead.
I used coriander powder in this dish. Coriander adds such a delicious depth of smoky flavor to this Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas recipe. Like the garlic, onion, and ginger, I would not replace the coriander.
- Smoked paprika
The combination of smoked paprika along with the coriander and turmeric makes for a delicious blend that makes this Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas simply scrumptious.
Turmeric not only adds a bunch of flavor to this dish, but brings a slew of nutritional benefits with it. And, while it might add an annoying yellow hue to light countertops, it adds lovely color to this dish.
- Black olives
Black olives add another level of flavor to this dish. And they add visual and textural diversity as well. If you prefer, you can leave them out or add in green olives instead.
- Canned chickpeas
I used canned chickpeas in this dish as they are so convenient to use. Just drain, rinse, and add in without soaking for hours.
Pistachios added a lovely pop of color as well as a nice textural element to this dish. If you prefer, you can use peanuts or cashews instead.
- Red chili pepper
I used one fresh red chili pepper in this dish. I removed as much of the seeds as I could from the chili pepper, diced it up and added it in. If you would rather this Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas be on the mild side, then omit the red chili pepper entirely.
I opted to use a few tomatoes I had leftover after making this roasted tomato soup in this dish. They add such a delightful taste and texture to this dish.
- Cooked quinoa
If you have leftover cooked quinoa, then that would be perfect for this. Or, you can cook some up to use in this salad, like I did. As this is a warm salad and the quinoa is added in to the sautéed veggies and spices, you do not have to cool the cooked quinoa down before using it.
How do you serve this healthy dish?
This Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas is a warm and satisfying dish. I like to enjoy it as a meal, with some avocado and chips. In fact, you could add this dish to your new year’s meal prep options.