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Chickpea and Quinoa Mediterranean Salad

With plenty of crisp veggies and tender chickpeas, this hearty Mediterranean grain salad is perfect for a light dinner, an easy make-ahead lunch, or a crowd-pleasing side. Ready in just 30 minutes, this salad is fast, delicious, and affordable, too.

Serves 6
Ready in 30 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
287 calories per serving


> 1 cup white quinoa
> 1 English cucumber
> 1 pint grape tomatoes
> 1 bell pepper
> 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
> 2 tbsp lemon juice
> 1/4 cup olive oil
> 2 (15.5 oz) cans reduced-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
> 1 1/2 cups multigrain pita chips


Fill a medium pot with salted water and bring to a boil on high. Add the quinoa. Return to a boil and cover pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer 12–15 min., until quinoa is tender. Transfer to a fine-mesh sieve and rinse with cold water.
Meanwhile, finely chop the cucumber and halve the tomatoes. Seed and finely chop the bell pepper. Finely chop the parsley.
In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, and parsley. Toss to coat. Stir in quinoa. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later. Before serving, crumble the pita chips on top.

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