Mar 092016

Recently I saw a gif with a parent teaching a toddler “Q is for Quinoa”– a modern parent’s method of teaching ABC. I didn’t know how to pronounce quinoa few years back and now anyone and everyone is “qurazy for quinoa”. As many know quinoa is rich in protein, rich in fiber, rich in anti-inflammatory properties and packed with healthy nutrients. I personally substitute quinoa for rice and I love it. Luckily for me, my kids love it too. So I’m always in search of new recipes to enjoy them in either salads, soups etc. I came across this recipe and the idea of combining garbanzo beans and zucchini with quinoa was so intriguing that I wanted to give it a try.


Was the recipe as expected? I would say it exceeded my expectation in all aspects. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of turmeric and cumin. Even though the original recipe is for a cold salad, I made it as warm salad as the weather here is not conducive for me to try and make any cold recipes. Its a quick and easy to prepare and that’s an added bonus. Enjoy!!!



Recipe Source: acedarspoon

Garbanzo Zucchini Quinoa Salad


  • Quinoa -- 1/2 cup
  • Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans -- 1 can (15 oz), washed and rinsed
  • Zucchini -- 1 medium (chopped into cubes)
  • Onion -- 1/4 cup (finely chopped) or 2 green onion stalk both white and green parts chopped
  • Garlic -- 1 medium pod (finely chopped)
  • Olive oil -- 2 Tbsp
  • Turmeric -- 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder -- 1 tsp
  • Paprika -- 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and Pepper -- to taste
  • Parsley -- 1/4 cup (finely chopped)


  1. Cook Quinoa as per packaging instructions and set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan, heat 1 Tbsp of oil and add garlic and fry for a minute. Add onions to the pan and fry till they turn translucent.
  3. Add chickpeas, chopped zucchini, and fry for about 1 to 2 minutes. Now add quinoa, turmeric, salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin powder and mix well. Switch off flame and add remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and mix. Add parsley and mix well. Serve warm or refrigerate if serving cold. Enjoy!!!




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  15 Responses to “Garbanzo Zucchini Quinoa Salad”

  1. Yep….. Agree with you that trends are changing fast. Quinoa salad seems to be tasty but, sadly I’ll not be able to try it as quinoa is not available here so I have never tried my hand on it.

  2. Love the quinoa salad with zucchini and chickpeas. Delicious and healthy combo. Love your presentation too.

  3. Quinoa salad looks healthy and filling as well.Lovely clicks.

  4. Protein packed crunchy salad. Yum

  5. Interesting salad,sounds inviting.Nice clicks as always.

  6. Husband is not a quinoa fan so none of the recipes fly here. But I do have a big batch and I quite like it.

  7. Healthy combo. Looks yum.

  8. Very interesting combination. Looks so inviting..

  9. Such a healthy salad! For some reason, I have not gotten on to the quinoa band wagon and have not acquired the taste for this healthy grain. Have to try it again.

  10. Just love zucchini in salad, this salad sounds fabulous for me.

  11. Getting used to the taste of quinoa takes some time and is quite acquired. The craze is pretty big though. love the idea of using it in a salad. Makes up for a filling meal.

  12. That is one filling and delicious looking quinoa salad.

  13. Interesting and filling salad

  14. what a healthy bowl of goodness -a one pot salad meal loaded with protein!

  15. That salad looks too good..very nicely done!

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