This light, lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad is bursting with Middle Eastern flavors (preserved lemons + sumac!) and trust me when I say, you’ll want to serve this up all summer long. Healthy, vegan and super flavorful, this salad satisfies! Video!

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. A healthy vegan salad with Middle Eastern flavors that can be made ahead!

Meet your new favorite salad! Not only will love how easy Chickpea Quinoa Salad is, I know you will fall in love with the flavors. Chickpeas and quinoa are tossed with cucumber, tomatoes, kalamatas, red onion, fresh dill and parsley and tossed in a very flavorful Preserved Lemon Dressing. Tart sumac (optional) gives it a sassy little punch.

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Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. A healthy vegan salad with Middle Eastern flavors that can be made ahead!

The best thing is, you probably have everything on hand to make this right now – and please don’t worry if you don’t have preserved lemons (take a peek at the recipe notes) but they do truly elevate here.

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. #chickpeasalad #quinoasalad

Preserved lemons, if unfamiliar, are a flavorful Middle Eastern condiment, and in a nutshell, are lemons preserved in salt.

Here they are chopped finely and added to the dressing.

preserved lemon dressing

Book mark this Preserved Lemon Dressing- it’s super tasty!

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing.

Cook the quinoa while you prep all the veggies.

Here I’ve used canned chickpeas but feel free to cook from scratch- you’ll need 1 1/2 cups cooked.

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. #chickpeasalad #quinoasalad

Then just assemble the salad.

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. #chickpeasalad #quinoasalad

Give a toss with the Preserved Lemon Dressing and taste, adding more salt and lemon, to your liking.

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. A healthy vegan salad with Middle Eastern flavors that can be made ahead!

If making this salad ahead, make sure to re-taste for salt and lemon before serving.

Pair this with other Middle Eastern Dishes:

  1. Grilled Chicken Shawarma
  2. Baba Ganoush 
  3. Homemade Pita Bread
  4. Authentic Falafels!
  5. Tzatziki! 

 

OK. Hope you are hanging in.

xoxo

Sylvia

 

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Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. #chickpeasalad #quinoasalad

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: salad, vegan salad
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad with cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives dill, parsley and Preserved Lemon Dressing. A healthy vegan salad with Middle Eastern flavors that can be made ahead!


Ingredients

Scale

Preserved Lemon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup preserved lemons, finely chopped (or see notes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac (optional)

Chickpea Quinoa Salad

  • 3/4 cup quinoa (dry, uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained ( 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped (see notes)
  • 1 English cucumber, diced (2 cups)
  • 1 bell pepper (yellow is nice) diced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved ( or chopped radish)
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped or halved
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill, chopped (or sub mint, or use both!)
  • Other optional additions: avocado, feta, radishes

Instructions

Place quinoa, water and pinch of salt in a medium pot, bring to a boil, cover, simmer on low 12-15 minutes until all the water is gone. Uncover, fluff, cool slightly.

Make the dressing, by mixing all in a bowl.

Prep all the veggies. If sensitive to onions, dice, then soak in cold salted water while you chop the rest.

Place the chickpeas, onions, cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, olives, dill and parsley to a large bowl.  Add the quinoa and dressing and give a good toss.

Taste, adjust salt and lemon to your liking. If making ahead, taste once more right before serving as the quinoa and chickpeas have a tendency to soak up the salt and lemon, so you might want to add a little more.


Notes

If no access to preserved lemons, substitute zest from one whole lemon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add more lemon juice to taste.

Salad will keep 3-4 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 3.4 g
  • Sodium: 607.4 mg
  • Fat: 12.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.3 g
  • Fiber: 6.1 g
  • Protein: 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: chickpea salad, middle eastern salad, chickpea quinoa salad, vegan chickpea salad, preserved lemon dressing, vegan salad recipe, preserved lemon recipes

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Hi,

    I haven’t made this recipe yet, but could I please ask to also put quantities in 1bs or grams as it’s difficult to find an accurate conversion chart online. Most have options for flour or butter, but not for ingredients such as onions ,quinoa or herbs. I’m sure it will be a lovely dish to make once I’ve worked out how much of each ingredient I need.

      1. Hi Sylvia,

        Yes, I could see the recipe but measurements were in cups which I am not familiar with. Anyway, I made the salad and it was delicious.
        Many thanks

  2. Wonderful! I had to improvise a lot since I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, but it still turned out great!