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avocado quinoa salad
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Avocado Quinoa Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

A fresh and zesty salad with warmly spiced crispy chickpeas and a tangy dressing. 
Course Lunch
Cuisine Fusion
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 322kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 450g can of chickpeas drained and rinsed in cold water then dried in kitchen paper
  • 1 tsp ras el hanout spice mix see notes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 g quinoa (dry weight) just over half a cup
  • 2 medium ripe avocados peeled, stones removed then chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • ½ a cucumber (180g) chopped
  • 180 g cherry tomatoes (1 ¼ cups) cut in half
  • 1 handful of flat leaf parsley finely chopped

For the shallot and mustard dressing

  • 1 medium echalion shallot (banana shallot) finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 80 ml extra virgin olive oil (⅓ of a cup)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground sea salt

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 180 C / 356 F 
    Spread out the dry chickpeas on a baking tray, add the ras el hanout then mix until all the chickpeas are covered in the spice mix. 
    Add the tablespoon of olive then toss gently. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes or until the chickpeas are hot and slightly crispy.
    Tip the chickpeas into a bowl lined with kitchen paper then leave to cool.
  • Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions.
    Once cooked leave to cool. 
    Fluff up the quinoa with a fork before adding to the serving bowl.

Make the dressing.

  • In a bowl add the shallots, mustard and apple cider vinegar. Whisk together until they are combined.
    Slowly whisk in the extra virgin oil then season with the salt and pepper.
    Leave in the fridge until ready to serve 
  • In a large serving bowl add the avocado, quinoa, celery, tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas and chopped parsley. Toss gently. 
    You can add the salad dressing now if you wish I usually serve the dressing on the side and let everyone add the dressing themselves.
    Serve with good crusty bread if you wish.

Notes

  • Calories listed are approximate.
  • There is enough dressing to generously serve six people and the calories per serving are 117
  • Thoroughly rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve before cooking so as to avoid any bitterness.
  • If you want to make this ahead of time, squeeze some lemon juice over the avocado before chopping, make sure all the avocado flesh is covered in lemon juice and it won't go brown.
  • If you can't find ras el hanout spice mix in your local supermarket or middle eastern food store then you can make your own. Find out how here.
  • Cup sizes are approximate, I use a metric scale to weigh all ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal