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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 260kcal

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