Quinoa Salad : roasted tomatoes and chickpeas with fresh rocket and lemon oil dressing

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

This simple salad is packed with protein.  Easy to make and full of flavour, quinoa  is a staple in South America, specifically Peru, where apparently they eat this like Asians eat rice, Americans eat corn, and South Africans eat pap.  But, foreign or local, this grain is unlike most of its  brethren, boasting low carbs and high nutritional value.  It’s what the ancient Incas used to chow, so it’s gotta be power.

Add some local ingredients, fresh rocket, tomatoes, and chickpeas, or anything else you want, and crunch away on a healthy lunch, dinner, or afternoon snack, it’s really good no matter which way you look at it.

Quinoa Salad is  a  super simple recipe with an even easier lemon and olive oil dressing to drizzle on top.  You can pretty much add or subtract any of the veg – it’s a flexi recipe!

Check out below for the  easy step-by-step recipe.


Quinoa, Roasted Tomato, Roasted Chickpea and Rocket Recipe | Milk & Cookies

Fresh rocket. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Slice up the tomatoes into half or thirds.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Drizzle  about a table spoon of  extra virgin olive oil.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Add salt and pepper to taste (or about 1/2 teaspoon of each).

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Let sit in moderate heated oven for 45 minutes to an hour.  The tomatoes should start to dry out.  Don’t fuss with them too much, let the juices be absorbed.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Drain a can of chickpeas.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Place in dish large enough so chickpeas don’t have to sit on top of each other.  Add extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Leave in oven until chickpeas begin to dry out.  Wait until they become crunchy and then remove from oven.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Measure 2 cups of quinoa (about the entire box).

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Bring 4 cups of water to the boil.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Add about a teaspoon of olive oil to the quinoa water.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Once at a boil, lower heat and bring quinoa to a simmer, let simmer until the sprouts pop out of the end like a tail.  You’ll notice the difference.  Stir and remove from heat.   Let cool.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Chop rocket (or leave whole depending on preference).

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Mix ingredients together adding chickpeas last.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Add some extra rocket on top for garnish and drizzle dressing on top as wanted.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomato, Rocket, and Roasted Chickpeas | Milk & Cookies

Enjoy and feel awesome.

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