October 3, 2012

Pin It Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad

Taken From The Diva Dish

Week 40
The name of this recipe tells you exactly what it tastes like: lemon and cilantro. Not to mention the raw garlic and onions in this recipe.  I'm not saying I didn't like it, but this dish leaves you wanting a palate cleanser.  Definitely don't eat this before a date or any situation where you'll be up in someone's grill or they'll be up in yours.

It's fairly simple and healthy which is nice, but the onion and garlic could have stood to be sautĂ©ed to take away some of their bite. I also added some feta to throw in a little salty flavor (and cheese, duh).

Here is what the recipe called for:

1/2 C. dry quinoa
2 C. vegetable broth
1 can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
1 c. cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 avocados diced
2 C. spinach
1 bunch cilantro
1/4 C. onion
2 small cloves garlic

For the dressing:
Juice of 2 lemons
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. agave nectar
1/2 tsp. cumin
dash of salt and pepper

If you don't have a food processor you can just chop everything by hand. I also left the cumin out of the dressing.

1. Make your quinoa by soaking it in a pot with vegetable broth for about 15 minutes. After that, turn on the heat to medium/high and let the quinoa come to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to medium/low and let quinoa simmer. Cook quinoa, stirring occasionally, for about 20-25 minutes, just until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. In a food processor (or by hand) process spinach and cilantro until they are finely diced. Finely dice onion and garlic and add to the greens mixture. 
3. Add your chickpeas and stir until everything is combined and coated. Once cooled, add the quinoa to the mixture.
4. Make your dressing by whisking all the ingredients together. Pour over salad, and mix until combined. Add in tomatoes and avocado and mix. Set in fridge for about 10-15 minutes before serving to let the flavors set.

Like I said, I didn't hate it but I will probably not be making this again.  I like to make quinoa when Tom isn't around because he isn't such a huge fan, but maybe I'll stick to some of my old favorites like this or this next time.

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