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Quinoa Chickpea Avocado Salad with Black Beans

This easy Quinoa Chickpea Avocado Salad with Black Beans is going to be your new favorite side! Healthy, gluten free, vegan friendly and CRAZY YUMMY!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 People, as a side
Calories 230kcal

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked quinoa
  • 1 Can Chickpeas, drained and rinse (14oz)
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp Olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 tsp Ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 3 Large Jalapenos, halved and seeded
  • Sea salt
  • 1/2 Can Black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 Cup Cilantro, diced and packed
  • 1/3 Cup Green onions, sliced
  • 1 Large Avocado, cut into small cubes (120g)

For the dressing:

Instructions

To make the salad:

  • Bring the water to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, stir in the quinoa, turn the heat to low and cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  • Heat your oven to 425 degrees.  Dump the can of chickpeas onto a layer of paper towel and dry them off VERY well, removing any of the thin, papery skins that come off.  Transfer to a bowl.
  • Toss the chickpeas with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil, along with the cumin and smoked paprika and spread onto a large baking sheet with sides, being careful not to crowd them.
  • Put the prepped jalapenos right into the bowl that the chickpeas were in and toss with the remaining 2 tsp of oil.  Place onto the baking sheet with the chickpeas.
  • Roast until the chickpeas are crunchy and the jalapeno is soft and slightly charred, about 30 minutes, stirring half way through the cooking time. Let cool for 10 minutes once cooked.
  • Add the black beans, cilantro and green onions to the bowl with the quinoa, followed by the roasted chickpeas. *

To make the dressing:

  • Dice the roasted jalapenos and put them in a SMALL food processor (mine is 3 cups) add in the all the remaining dressing ingredients, except the oil, and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides often.
  • With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil until the dressing thickens and is nice and smooth.
  • Pour over the salad and stir until the quinoa is evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour, up to overnight, to develop the flavor.
  • Stir in the avocado, season to taste with salt and DEVOUR!

Notes

*If you make this the day before you plan to serve it, I recommend adding the chickpeas the next day, just before serving to keep them crisp.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal