Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Quick Summary

This Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad with feta cheese and a simple lemon vinaigrette is perfect for spring. It is fresh, simple, healthy and perfect for lunch or dinner!

Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad in Bowl

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring. Sunshine, warmer days, and fresh food! I made this simple Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad and it definitely made my day brighter and more delicious.

I love making quinoa salads and this one is perfect for spring. The salad is light, fresh, and the green colors are so vibrant. It makes a great lunch or side dish for dinner.

Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad Recipe

How to Cook Quinoa

I love adding quinoa to salads because it is healthy, hearty, and a great way to add extra protein. It is also easy to cook.

Always rinse quinoa before cooking. Place it in a fine mesh strainer and rinse with cold water. Rinsing removes quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste soapy or bitter.

To cook quinoa, add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

Simple Spring Quinoa Salad

To this quinoa salad, I add roasted asparagus, chickpeas, green onion, feta cheese, and a simple lemon vinaigrette. The flavors scream spring and compliment each other so nicely. I love making this salad during the springtime, when asparagus is in season.

The chickpeas and quinoa provide great protein. If you want to even more protein, you can serve with chicken, fish, or steak. It would also be a great salad to take on a picnic or to a potluck.

If you aren’t a fan of feta cheese, you can use goat cheese or Parmesan cheese. If you need the salad to be vegan or dairy-free, you can leave out the feta cheese.

It is super simple salad, but super delicious. Sometimes the simple recipes are the best recipes!

Bring a little spring into your kitchen and make this easy Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad.

How to Store

Store the quinoa salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It is good cold or at room temperature. You can always refresh with a little extra dressing or squeeze of lemon juice.

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Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad in bowl with spoon

Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad

This simple quinoa salad with asparagus, chickpeas, and feta can be served as a main dish or side dish. It is a springtime favorite!
4.7 from 10 votes

Ingredients
  

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small bunch asparagus, about 15 spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained, 15 oz can
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl or medium jar, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, and garlic. Whisk to combine or shake with the jar lid on tight. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside.
  • Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, cook the asparagus. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the asparagus and fresh lemon juice. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, asparagus, chickpeas, green onion, and feta cheese. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until well coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.

Notes

If you need the salad to be vegan, you can omit the feta cheese and add nutritional yeast. 

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 426mg, Potassium: 245mg, Fiber: 4g, Vitamin A: 115IU, Vitamin C: 6.4mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 2.1mg
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This salad looks so fresh and combines ALL my favourite things! Will be pinning and making it soon 🙂

  2. This salad is so “me.” I love all the components, and the photography is gorgeous! Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    LOVED THIS SALAD!!! Super easy to put together. The lemon vinagrette tasted so fresh. This will be a springtime staple!

  4. Just made this tonight minus the feta as my husband doesn’t like it, but I’ll add if on my own portion as I love feta!!!!  Thanks for another winner have a great evening.

  5. 5 stars
    This was so good! Followed exactly but roasted the chickpeas, spiced with garlic powder and S&P first. Everyone LOVED it! Can’t wait for the leftovers.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe on a whim – just found it while looking for a recipe with asparagus. Wow, was it a hit – everyone loved it and has been craving it ever since! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times and love it. I use cannellini beans rather than garbanzo, and sometimes add cut cocktail tomatoes.

  8. Love this salad! So quick and easy, and the flavors are delicious together. Definitely a family favorite

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I added shrimp and subbed red onion for green onion bc that’s what I had on hand. Tastes amazing! My lunch for the week!

  10. Thanks. This is a big help. I’m trying to come up with plant-based, vegan recipes to use when I go to Washington to cook for Julia.