Marinated Chickpeas with Quinoa and Greens (v+gf)

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Besides being an excellent vegan and gluten-free source of protein and fiber, chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) also contain exceptional levels of iron, vitamin B-6 and magnesium.  That's why I love to snack on our Everything Hummus and/or add them to other recipes like our Crispy Chickpea and Kale Salad,  Spicy Indian Stew, and Kale, Chickpea & Vegetable Minestrone.  

This salad is so refreshing, but it's also a great make-ahead recipe.  I always recommend a #SundayPrep to my readers, because it makes everything easier during the week.  #SundayPrep is when you take time on Sunday to prepare make-ahead recipes for the week.  Being prepared may either make or break your healthy eating plan, so be prepared next time you need a quick snack or small meal ASAP.


RECIPE

Marinated Chickpeas with Quinoa and Greens

Salad, Side or Snack

VEGAN+ GLUTEN FREE

serves: 4

active time:  15 min.

total time: 45 min.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1/4 cup scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered 
  • 4 cups (1/2 bunch) dandelion greens, leaves and stalks (*use whatever greens you have - I used a mix of super greens like baby spinach, baby kale, and collards) 

MARINADE 

  • grated zest of 1 lemon + 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Marinate chickpeas: whisk together lemon zest and juice, oil, and parsley in a bowl.  Add chickpeas and season with salt and pepper flakes.  Let stand 30 min.
  2. Combine salad ingredients: almonds, quinoa, scallions, tomatoes, and dandelion greens + stalks in a bowl.  Add marinated chickpeas; toss to combine.  Season with salt and serve!

MAKE AHEAD TIP

  • Marinate chickpeas and combine salad ingredients the night before serving.  Store separately in refrigerator.  Before serving, add marinated chickpeas to combined salad ingredients; toss to combine.  Season with salt and serve. 

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