When my family was here, I made tons of calorie rich food, no really look at this and this and there was more which never made it to the blog. And as a result of this indulgence (read: over indulgence) I have put on few pounds! Urgh I so hate it when my jeans starts to get tighter. Anyway now in order to get back on track I am trying to eat salads for dinner. I am still eating my desserts and exercise is one thing which I always do, so that is there but now I am deliberately trying to add in more salads to my diet.
The good thing about salads is that they are so easy to make. There’s hardly any cooking, they are nutritious and also very filling. One of my favorite ingredient to add to my salads is quinoa, yes the super food! I really like quinoa but I don’t cook it often and I don’t know why. Maybe because hubby can’t stand it and I am lazy to cook it all for myself. When my parents were here, I made this quinoa salad with almonds and they loved it so much. That was the first time they tasted quinoa and they liked it so much that they took a big pack of it from Costco with them.
I made this quinoa chickpea salad the other day when I really wanted to have something quick and healthy. And since I had some mangoes in my refrigerator it only made sense to add them to the salad. This salad tastes great when it’s a little chilled. So I would recommend keeping it in the refrigerator for 20-25 minutes before serving. Topped with toasted pecans, this quinoa chickpea mango salad is also vegan.
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Spinach Strawberry Quinoa Salad
* Cooking time is the time required to cook quinoa.
* You can add some honey or maple syrup to your salad dressing if you want.
Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Mango
- 1.5 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup chickpeas boiled
- 1 cup mango cubes
- ½ cup sweet corn
- ½ red pepper cubed
- ½ orange pepper cubed
- 10-12 pecans roasted
- ¾ tablespoon olive oil
- 1.5 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1.5 teaspoon sriracha
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- Cook quinoa according to instructions on the package. Set aside.
- Boil the chickpeas or use 1 cup canned chickpeas.
- Roast the pecans in a pan until fragrant, around 5-6 minutes. You can also roast them in the oven.
- In a large bowl mix together quinoa, chickpeas, mango cubes, sweet corn, red pepper, orange pepper. Set aside.
- In a mason jar, add all the ingredients listed under "dressing". Close the jar and shake it till everything is well combined.
- Pour the dressing over the salad. Mix till combined.
- Top with roasted pecans, cover and chill the salad bowl for at least 20 minutes before serving!
48 thoughts on “Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Mango”
Yay for vegan salads! I love grain salads and this looks delicious. Mango is the best! I also love your philosophy of not flash dieting, but just trying to eat a salad a day 🙂 Awesome!
haha medha i can’t live without desserts so that philosophy works for me 😛 Thank you!
This salad looks beautiful! Love quinoa! Will definitely try it, love quinoa!
This is seriously SUCH a gorgeous salad, Manali! I can’t even stop swooning over all the gorgeous color you packed into one bowl! So fresh and summery. 😉
thank you Sarah!
Gone are the days when one used to synonym salad with boring..
I totally love salads and I guess this would be one that I would surely love to dig in.. If it has mangoes it has to be the best.. 😉
I agree, anything with mango is always a winner!
I’m the same way with quinoa – I’m the only one in the house that likes it and I just never really feel it’s worth making for just me. But I definitely should more often! This salad looks great, I love the mango in it!
I know, it’s tough making something only for yourself!
This looks like a delicious way to get back on track eating-wise after company! The mango, peppers, and pecans with the chickpeas sound like a great combination — pinned!
Yum! This salad looks amazing! I love quinoa in anything, and I am also a BIG fan of chickpeas!!
yeah quinoa is awesome! Thanks Annie!
Yum! I’m a chickpea lover but have never had it with mango. I definitely need to try this! 🙂
Hope you give it a try! 🙂 Thank you dear!
Girl, do I ever relate to you with the weight gain. Pants too tight is no bueno. This salad, however, looks muy bueno. I’m really digging the mango in here with the quinoa. I’ve never tried that and it sounds fantastic!
haha! We need to eat more salads like this Rachelle! 😀
Can’t believe we both posted about chickpeas today 🙂 Quinoa with chickpeas is sure a delicious combination! I can taste how delicious this salad will be! Thanks for sharing, Manali! loving it!
Yeah it’s chickpeas day today! lol Thanks dear!