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quinoa chickpea salad served in a white bowl garnished with cilantro and lime wedge on the side
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Quinoa Chickpea Salad

This easy quinoa salad with chickpeas recipe is the perfect summer salad! It is full of veggies, chickpeas, quinoa, herbs, tossed in a homemade lemony dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, quinoa chickpea salad, Quinoa Salad
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 216kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed (1.5 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • ½ english cucumber (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup red bell pepper
  • ½ cup red onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro (or parsley), chopped
  • ¼ cup mint (or dill), chopped

For The Dressing


Cook Quinoa

  • Instant Pot Pressure cooker: I generally cook the Quinoa in an Instant Pot as it is very easy, and we get a perfect fluffy separated grain every time. Pressure cook 1 cup quinoa with 1 ¼ cups of water (or vegetable broth) on High pressure for 1 minute and let the pressure release naturally.
    In Traditional Stovetop Pressure Cooker: Pressure cook the rinsed quinoa with 1.5 cups water for two whistles on medium-low heat. Let the pressure release naturally.
    On Stovetop in a Pot: Cook 1 cup of rinsed quinoa with 2 cups of water on medium-low heat until cooked, and let it cool.


  • Whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper in a glass jar to make the dressing.
    step to prepare lemon dressing collage

Assemble the Salad

  • In a large mixing bowl, place all the salad ingredients.
    step to plave all the salad ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad ingredients.
    step to pour the dressing over the salad
  • Toss gently to combine.
    Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
    step to toss the salad


Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 812IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg