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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cherry Chickpea Quinoa Salad

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  VEGAN  |  VEGETARIAN


This healthy whole grain salad is light yet satisfying and full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, and healthy fat. Fresh cherries give it an unexpected fruity flavor which complements the fresh herbs and raw walnuts. It can be eaten at room temperature, so it's easy to take to work or to the beach.

Ingredients for the dressing:
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground peppercorn
  • 4 tablespoons cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for the salad:
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup raw chopped walnuts
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh chopped basil and parsley
  • 10 fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dressing

Directions:
  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing until smooth.
  2. Toss 3 tablespoons of dressing with all of the salad ingredients until well combined. Taste for seasoning and make any necessary adjustments. 
  3. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for future use. 

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