Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad

Ingredients

¼ cup onion
½ cup dry quinoa
1 bunch cilantro
1 can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 avocados diced
2 cups spinach
2 cups vegetable broth
2 small cloves garlic

For the dressing:

1 tsp. agave nectar
½ tsp. cumin
2 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
zest of 1 lemon
dash of salt and pepper

Directions

Make your quinoa first. Soak the quinoa in a pot in the veggie broth for about 15 minutes. After that, turn on the heat to medium high and let the quinoa come to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to medium/low and let quinoa simmer. Stir every so often, and cook quinoa for about 20-25 minutes just until the liquid absorbs. You don’t want it completely dried out, so when there is just a tiny amount of liquid left in the pot, remove it from heat and put a lid on it. Set it aside, and make the rest of the salad.

In a food processor, add your spinach and cilantro. Make sure to wash you greens.

Process the greens until they are finely diced. You can do this by hand as well if you don’t have a food processor.

Add the greens to a bowl, and set aside. Next take your onion and garlic and finely dice those (I do this in the food processor to), and add to the greens mixture. Next add your chickpeas and stir until everything is combined and coated. If the quinoa is cooled, you can add it to the chickpea mixture next.

Make your dressing by whisking all the ingredients together. Pour over salad, and mix until combined. Add in tomatoes and avocado and mix. Set in fridge for about 10-15 minutes before serving so the flavors set. 
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