You’ll love this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad for summer! It’s loaded with chickpeas, cucumber, fresh herbs, and has a deliciously creamy avocado dressing!
- 1 cup white quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 15 oz. chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/2 cup cucumber, cut in rounds and then fourths
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1 avocado
- handful cilantro (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup water (plus more if needed to thin it out)
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Rinse the quinoa in a mesh strainer.
- Place the quinoa, veggie broth, and minced garlic in a medium saucepot.
- Bring to a boil.
- Then, turn down the heat to a simmer and cover for 10 – 15 minutes until all the broth is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
- Place the quinoa in a large bowl along with the rinsed quinoa, sliced cucumber, chopped pepper, sliced tomatoes, basil, and mint.
- Squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl over the quinoa salad.
- Place the pine nuts in a small pan over medium-low heat for about 3 – 5 minutes.
- Shake the pan every 30 seconds to toast your pine nuts.
- Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
- Place the avocado, cilantro, avocado oil, garlic, water, lime juice, and sea salt in your food processor.
- Process until it’s combined, about 10 seconds.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and process again until it’s combined.
- Drizzle the avocado sauce on top of the quinoa salad and toss.
- Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.
- Serve warm or chilled.
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