© Guy Ambrosino
Quinoa, Chickpea and Spinach Salad
- ACTIVE: 25 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4 to 6
This spinach and quinoa salad is all you need on a hot summer day—easy to make and so very refreshing to eat.
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- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 4 ounces baby spinach (about 4 cups), coarsely chopped
- 2 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped
- 3 scallions, chopped
- 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Rinse the quinoa in 3 changes of water in a bowl, rubbing the grains and letting them settle each time before pouring off the water (if the quinoa does not settle, drain in a large fine-mesh sieve after each rinse).
- Cook the quinoa in a medium saucepan of boiling well-salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well in a sieve and let cool.
- Combine the chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes, scallions and cooled quinoa in a large bowl. Add the feta, lemon juice and olive oil and toss gently but thoroughly to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Make AheadThe salad can be made 2 hours ahead.