Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins

Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins – colorful and full of flavor, this quinoa salad is a great dish for your next barbeque, potluck or picnic. It is also wonderful as a light meal on it’s own.

Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins

Warm Weather Dishes

We’ve been enjoying a streak of gorgeous spring weather here in Massachusetts. And, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite warm weather dishes these past few weeks, including this refreshing Chilled Sweet Pea and Mint Soup and this delicious Bacon Arugula Tomato and White Bean Pasta Salad.

Another of my favorite warm weather dishes is quinoa salads. And, today I’m sharing this wonderful Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins.


I love quinoa. It’s a super food, packed full of protein and fiber, and has a wonderful nutty flavor. It also absorbs other flavors nicely and lends itself to a variety of preparation including all types of cold salads.

Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins

This Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins has such a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. The warm spices of cumin and curry pair nicely with the nutty quinoa and creamy chickpeas. The carrots and apples provide crunch. The raisins add a touch of sweetness. The herbs and lemon vinaigrette provide freshness and a bit of tang.

Altogether, this Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins is full of color, flavor and is so delicious.

Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins
This colorful Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins can be made ahead of time, keeps well in the refrigerator and is a great dish for a barbeque, potluck or picnic.

This pretty salad — on it’s own, or paired with some salad greens — is also wonderful for a light meal on a warm spring day or anytime.

Do you have a favorite quinoa salad? Please let me know in the comments below!

Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 main dish servings or 8 side dish servings

Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins

Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins - colorful and full of flavor, this quinoa salad is a great dish for your next barbeque, potluck or picnic. It is also wonderful as a light meal on it's own."

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 medium carrots, shredded (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped (I use golden delicious)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from about 2 small lemons)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 2 small lemons)
  • additional salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa, water, curry, cumin and salt. Bring to a boil, cover, and then simmer on low heat for 15 – 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Fluff quinoa with a fork, cool and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add chickpeas, carrots, apples, raisins, green onions and parsley to the bowl with the quinoa.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon zest and lemon juice to make a dressing.
  4. Add dressing to quinoa mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Season salad with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Apples & Raisins - colorful and full of flavor, this quinoa salad is a great dish for your next barbeque, potluck or picnic. It is also wonderful as a light meal on it's own.

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  1. Michelle@healthiersteps says:

    I love quinoa salad and curry chickpeas. Put them together and now we have fireworks. Thanks for sharing!

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