Greek Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas – a hearty, protein-rich, vegetarian salad with classic Greek flavors and a simple vinaigrette. Perfect for meal prep, as a main course, or side to your favorite Greek dishes.

Greek quinoa salad with chickpeas in a large bowl

 

Easy Greek Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

Greek salads are one of my all-time favorite things to eat! And while this definitely isn’t your traditional Greek salad, I love this recipe because it brings all the classic Greek flavors of cucumber, tomatoes, olives, and lemon together with a quinoa base and an extra boost of protein from chickpeas. It’s super simple to throw together, great for meal prep, and easily feeds a crowd!

Make it ahead for lunches during the week or add it to your next barbecue menu for a vegetarian option. It’s great as a side dish yet hearty enough to serve as a main course. With simple ingredients and fresh flavors, you can’t go wrong with this Greek Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas!

Ingredients

  • Quinoa
  • Chickpeas
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh parsley

Variations & Substitutions

Quinoa salad is super versatile and can be easily modified based on your preference or the ingredients you have on hand.

Quinoa – use any variety or substitute another whole grain such as farro or brown rice.

Veggies – add anything you like such as chopped bell peppers, red onions, green onions, and chopped spinach.

Olives – any variety of olives can be used in this salad (Kalamata, green, etc.)

Other add-ins: cooked cubed chicken, albacore tuna, fresh dill, chopped artichokes, etc.

How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad

  • Cook the Quinoa (according to package directions.)
  • Prep the veggies – chop the tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and parsley.
  • Make the dressing – whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Combine cooked, cooled quinoa with chopped veggies and feta. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

FAQs

Do I have to rinse quinoa?

Yes, quinoa can have a bitter taste if not rinsed before cooking. Quinoa is actually a seed with a natural coating called saponin that can taste bitter and cause digestive issues. To rinse, simply place the dry quinoa in a mesh strainer and run cold water over it for 1-2 minutes.

What to serve with Greek Quinoa Salad?

This recipe is a perfect side dish to Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers, Greek Turkey Burgers, Greek Pork Chops, or Grilled Steak.

How many grams of protein are in quinoa?

One cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, making it a nutrient dense and filling whole grain option.

Is quinoa gluten free?

Yes! Quinoa is naturally gluten free and is also one of few plant-based whole grains that is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids.

How to store Greek Quinoa Salad?

Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Serve cold.

Can I make this salad dairy free?

Absolutely! Simply omit the feta cheese for a dairy free option.

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Greek quinoa salad with chickpeas in a large bowl

Greek Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

Greek Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas - a hearty, protein-rich, vegetarian salad with classic Greek flavors and a simple vinaigrette. Perfect for meal prep, as a main course, or side to your favorite Greek dishes.
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 15 oz chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup diced English cucumbers
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2.5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to the package directions.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Chop the tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and parsley.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Combine quinoa, chickpeas, and chopped veggies in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and toss well.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 716mg, Potassium: 466mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 226IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 129mg, Iron: 4mg

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