This healthy chickpea quinoa salad is loaded with veggies and makes a light and delicious lunch option that can be made ahead of time for easy lunches throughout the week. Great for meal prep!
The idea for this salad actually came from one of my local health coaching clients. She and I were chatting about how much we love The Daily Kitchen and Bar, a Richmond restaurant known for its cool vibe and healthy menu options.
I like every dish that I’ve tried there, but what I really love is their massive salads (oh, and the sweet potato fries!!). Unlike some restaurants that give you a bowl of limp greens, a mushy tomato and a few shredded carrots on a plate, The Daily gives you a massive bowl of greens that loaded with tasty toppings. It’s the type of place where you can order a salad for your meal and feel completely full and satisfied.
My client mentioned that the quinoa salad was her favorite dish and I proceeded to rave about the Mediterranean salmon salad, which is my go-to. After that convo I decided to create a quinoa salad similar to the one served at The Daily so that my client would be able to make it at home whenever she wanted.
The result is this salad — a surprisingly simple, yet flavorful combo. With a base of chickpeas, quinoa and bright veggies, this salad is loaded with nutrients and very filling.
I’m not 100% sure what sort of dressing The Daily uses but I kept it simple with a little olive oil, red wine vinegar, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. The feta and fresh parsley add quite a bit of flavor so the light dressing is really all you need.
I had it for lunch several times last week served over a big bowl of spring mix for some extra volume. Perfection!
Like most quinoa salads, this is a great meal prep salad that you can prep on Sunday for lunches throughout the week! If you pack it for lunch, I’d probably just bring along extra oil and vinegar in case the quinoa soaks up all the dressing and you want to add a splash right before digging in.