Chickpea Quinoa Salad with Orange Soy & Sesame Dressing

We’ve got another easy, make-ahead lunch recipe for you today! A chickpea + quinoa based veggie salad with an orange soy & sesame dressing. This is a great recipe to prep ahead of time and eat throughout the week, at home or in packed lunches. Enjoy a big bowl or treat it as a side dish, it’s up to you! These are the kinds of recipes that makes healthy eating convenient and totally do-able.

This hearty salad is absolutely loaded with good-for-you ingredients like chickpeas, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, kale, nutritional yeast, garlic, ginger, red and green bell peppers (just to name a few!) You can make this salad with quinoa or couscous. Quinoa has slightly more protein and quite a bit more fibre than couscous, but couscous is easier to prepare and cooks more quickly.

This recipe, along with the easy chickpea curry soup I posted the other day, will be appearing in a back-to-school healthy packed lunch post featuring 4 easy, make-ahead lunch recipes and 10 simple snack ideas (5 savoury/5 sweet) that’s going  up tomorrow!  I hope you’re excited for that post because it’s a BIG one. Happy Cooking!



Ingredients :

  • 1 navel orange, juiced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2” chunk ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 cups quinoa, cooked (cook in broth for best flavour)
  • 1 (540ml/19 fl. oz.) can chickpeas, drained (approx. 2 cups cooked)
  • 2/3 cup chopped kale (stems removed, packed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red and green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2–4 tbsp hemp hearts

Instructions :

  1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well and set aside.
  2. If not already chilled, refrigerate cooked quinoa.
  3. While the quinoa chills, combine kale with orange soy & sesame dressing. Set aside.
  4. Combine room temperature (or cooler) quinoa, kale, dressing, and all remaining ingredients.
  5. Refrigerate until chilled before serving.

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