Cook With Manali's Cherry Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

A refreshing summer salad made with fresh Cherries, Quinoa, Chickpeas, Arugula, Pistachios, Feta Cheese and topped with balsamic vinaigrette!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry quinoa salad, cherry salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 as a side
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 1 vote


  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, or add more to taste
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 20 pitted cherries, cut in half
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, I used roasted and salted
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon water

2-3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese


  1. To a large bowl, add all the ingredients for the salad- cooked quinoa, chickpeas, pitted cherries, arugula, pistachios, pumpkin seeds and chopped parsley. Set aside. 

  2. Now, to a small jar add all the ingredients for the dressing- extra-virgin olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, pepper, salt and water. Close the jar with a lid and shake vigorously to combine. 

  3. Once combined, pour the dressing over the salad.Toss to combine it all together. 

  4. Top the salad with crumbled feta cheese and serve. This salad tastes even better when chilled!

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use more of quinoa and less of arugula in this salad. I did not use a lot of quinoa because I just like my salad this way but feel free to change.
  2. This recipe doesn't make a lot, it only serves 3 as a side of small salad. But you should be able to double the recipe easily.  
Nutrition Facts
Cherry Quinoa and Chickpea Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 369mg11%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 560IU11%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.