Mediterranean quinoa and chickpeas

    40 min

    This Mediterranean-inspired quinoa recipe was given to me by a vegan friend. The lime juice gives the quinoa a fresh flavour that is absolutely delicious.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 170g quinoa
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 420ml water
    • 250g tinned chickpeas, drained
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 4 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Place the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and rinse under cold, running water until the water no longer foams. Bring the quinoa, salt and water to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
    2. Once done, stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes, garlic, lime juice and olive oil. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley to serve.


    This quinoa recipe works well as a vegetarian or vegan main, as well as a side dish to chicken or fish. Or try it as a salad for a picnic or packed lunch!

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    Great quick lunch recipe. Only took me 25 mins as you can prepare the ingredients while the quinoa cooks.  -  29 Jul 2010


    Delicious so tasty everyone has asked for I again. With 2 vegetarians in the house I am always looking for new ideas. I forgot to put in the olive oil in.  -  27 Aug 2015


    Lovely fresh tasting,an alternative to rice served warm or as a salad accompaniment or just on its own yummy.  -  30 Sep 2016