Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Yesterday I just fancied something simple, and I had some chickpeas left over from my dinner a few days ago, so I came up with this! It was supposed to just be a random dinner, that I wasn’t intending to put on my blog, but it tasted so lovely, and it looked so nice and colourful that I changed my mind! It’s definitely a meal that anyone can do at home, and it’s really full of goodness, as quinoa is a superfood (apparently it has more protein than beef? Correct me if I’m wrong on that…) so I’d recommend giving this a try if you’re a bit freaked out by the thought of cooking anything fancy – this is so easy and tastes really brilliant. It’s also probably the last healthy thing I’m going to post in a while; now that I’m settled in and have my internet back, I’m probably going to be baking a lot more, so I hope you’re looking forward to that, and enjoy my last installment of nourishment :)

P.S. Wish me luck please! I’m giving blood in about 3 hours and I’m really scared, it’s the first time I will have done it on my own!

Update: Couldn’t donate because my iron levels were just under what they needed (forgot to take my damn multivitamin), which is really gutting, but my friend’s agreed to give blood in my place, and hopefully they’ll let me try again soon.

Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad


50g of quinoa

100g of chickpeas

Half a courgette

Half a pepper

2 cherry tomatoes

Half an onion

A sprinkling of fresh mint and basil

Olive oil and lemon juice to dress


  1. Cook the quinoa in boiling water for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, fry the onions in a little oil, then once they’ve gone a little golden, add in the courgettes, peppers and tomatoes. 
  2. Once they’re all nicely golden, add in the chickpeas, herbs and a little salt. When the quinoa’s cooked, add it to the pan with the other ingredients, mix them up and pour over the oil and lemon juice.
  3. Serve with veggie sausages or a veggie burger.

Serves one

I’ve entered this salad into a January salad challenge here; if you fancy entering yourself then follow the link :)



8 thoughts on “Chickpea Quinoa Salad

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  2. Good on you for trying to give blood! It’s pretty awful when you get your courage up to go donate, and then are told you aren’t eligible. Mind you, last time, I felt perfectly fine, donated successfully, went home, and by the time I walked in the door an hour later, I was coughing like the end of La Traviata and had to call the Red Cross to let them know I was now sick. So they threw out my blood, because nobody really wants someone else’s flu virus…

    That’s a lovely looking salad by the way – I don’t suppose you would be willing to submit it to my Substantial Salads Challenge?



    • Aw that sucks, my iron levels were only one point too low as well, so it was like a slap in the face :(
      Of course I’ll enter it, that looks so cool! I’m on a break at the moment and have to be back at uni in about 20 minutes, so as soon as I get home I’ll sort it out!
      Love Emily x

      • Yeah, that’s pretty bad. I’m usually only just above the lower limit myself. As an omnivore, I take the cheat’s option of having meat for dinner the night before donating, which usually gets me over the line! (I’m not very good at iron-rich vegetarian meals)

        And yay! I’m so glad that you want to come play in the salad challenge with us! I’m planning monthly challenges (I think next month will be lunchboxes, since a lot of us Aussies go back to school, uni or work around then).

      • See I usually munch down a whole packet of dark chocolate as that’s meant to have loads of iron in, but they told me that you have very high levels, so although I’m perfectly healthy, it’s just not enough to donate blood on :(
        Have finished the challenge now, I think… Let me know if I need to do anything else (I put the logo in my post and everything) – lunchboxes sounds like a cool idea, I’d love something that I could take to uni with me! x

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