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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


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!



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


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.


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.


  • 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

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