Chickpea & Quinoa Salad…

Chickpeas, pomegranate and quinoa, all have great range of health benefits. After a tasty fresh spiced chickpea salad at Miha Restaurant at The Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in New Zealand, I though I would share with you a favourite salad recipe I prepare at home. It’s great as a side or delicious served on it’s own. Perfect for a light lunch or dinner, this salad is jam-packed with nutritional goodness.

Chickpea & Quinoa Salad


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 ½ cups chicken stock

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

½ cup chopped parsley

¼ cup chopped mint

1 cucumber diced

½ cup pomegranate seeds

¼ cup cranberries

1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Dressing Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil

4 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tbsp pomegranate molasses

¼ teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon salt


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté lightly then add quinoa and toast for a few minutes. Add stock to the quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 mins or until water is absorbed. Cool completely. Once cool, fluff the quinoa with a fork.

In a serving bowl toss cucumber, herbs, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate and chickpeas to combine. Add the cooled quinoa.

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over quinoa and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

*Vegan option: Substitute chicken stock for water and omit honey in dressing.

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32 thoughts on “Chickpea & Quinoa Salad…

    1. Thanks Amanda. I get my pomegranate molasses from either the middle eastern grocer or gourmet grocers. Not sure if the regular supermarket has it, unless the have a middle eastern section 🤷‍♀️
      Good Luck. X

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      1. Hey Amanda
        No. I’ve never frozen it. Not sure how that would go. Sorry. I usually finish mine within a few days.
        I also wanted to let you know I baked your orange cake and it was a great hit! It’s delicious. Thank you 😊
        Happy Sunday. X


      2. Did you? That is great. I wondered how it would translate as all ovens cook a bit differently!!
        I might experiment with a small amount of the quinoa to see if the quinoa will freeze up.

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  1. Hey Lorelle,
    Did you include cranberries or sultanas? I wasn’t sure when looking at the ingredients list. You mention cranberries in your method. The salad was super delicous, I jsut added more honey as I couldn’t source the molasses. Thanks so much for sharing this. I loved it.

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    1. Hi Amanda
      Thanks for letting me know
      It’s meant to be just cranberries, but of course you can always add or substitute the sultanas too.
      Glad you enjoyed it. The extra honey is a good substitute for the pomegranate molasses. ❤️

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