Chick Pea and Quinoa Salad

    1 hour 30 min

    This quinoa dish is highly influenced by the Middle-East. It's an all-in-one salad, with quinoa, chick peas, dried fruit and nuts, all infused with ground coriander, cumin and fresh mint. It's great for a light lunch on a warm, summer's day.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 190g quinoa
    • 475ml water
    • 1 (410g) tin chick peas, rinsed and drained
    • 60g dried cranberries
    • 80g raisins
    • 30g flaked almonds
    • fresh mint leaves, chopped to taste
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Bring the quinoa and water to the boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape the quinoa into a large bowl and refrigerate until cold.
    2. Stir the chick peas, cranberries, sultanas, almonds, mint, coriander, cumin and olive oil into the quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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    Spotted this on here yesterday made it this morning so easy to make. Had to use a mixed dried fruits raisins sultanas apricots cranberries and added some black olives. Love the Quinoa ordered a big bag off Amazon. Thanks Magpie for this recipe its a five star yum yum from me!!!  -  17 Jun 2013


    I really liked this dish! I made it for workday lunches and it was very satisfying. I did not have mint or coriander so omitted them and it still tasted great. The mint would have been a nice addition of color to the dish. Perhaps I'll think of of good veggie to add into it to make it a complete meal. I took a picture...will post soon.  -  14 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love using Quinoa and this was a nice variation. In particular the sweet of cranberries and raisins with the earthy flavors of the beans/quinoa was nice. I increased salt and pepper, and used basil instead of mint. Nice flavors.  -  22 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)