Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
This delicious recipe was presented to me by a vegan friend. The lime juice gives the quinoa a fresh flavor that can't be beat!
This delicious recipe was presented to me by a vegan friend. The lime juice gives the quinoa a fresh flavor that can't be beat!
This was ok but lacked flavour. My kids who love quinoa, wouldn't eat it. The tomatoes did not hold up well. I love all of the ingredients, but together they were uninspired and uninteresting. Sorry, I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.Read More
This one is a keeper, I substituted cilantro for the parsley and added avocados and red onions. Oh my, it even got better after sitting for a while.
Wow! This is a great recipe. I made a few modifications to it to make it perfect for me- I used a whole can of mixed beans instead of chick peas/garbanzo beans, increased the 'dressing' by half and that included the garlic, used grape/cherry tomatoes sliced in half AND used one-half cup chopped fresh cilantro instead of the parsley. I know the vegetarians where I work will just LOVE this recipe. It's a winner!
I found a very similar recipe on another site and followed that one's suggestion of using 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro instead of the parsley. I used an entire can of garbanzo beans & more garlic. I also sauteed some chopped onion and wilted a head of spinach with a little more olive oil and tossed that with the mixture. Very flavorful mixture - especially after a day or two in the fridge.
Delicious! I halved the recipe and made a few *tiny* alterations. I did 1/2c quinoa to 1c water (and then some), 2/3c garbanzo beans, a whole (small) tomato, 1 (HUGE) clove of garlic, 1.5 limes juiced, no olive oil (forgot), 1 tsp cumin, and half of a (small) red onion. Super tasty!! My boyfriend and I love it. The lime is great, and the red onion (per another member's suggestion) is totally necessary.
I usually review the day after I have tried a recipe....but I wanted to say how much I loved this recipe! So yummy! I used cherry tomatoes which I quartered, and only used 1/2 c. quinoa to 1c. water. I also added only 2tsp. evoo. LOVED the freshness of the lime juice, parlsey and garlic. Will most definately make again. A great dish, thanks for sharing!
Super yummy. I customized, though - added more garlic, cayenne, onion, broccoli, fresh basil, oregano, chopped walnuts, then topped it with diced cucumber, a sprinkle of kalamata olives, and feta. Lovely flavor.
I made this recipe tonight, and it was great! Super easy for a busy mom. I didn't have any quinoa on hand, so I used couscous. I also added zucchini, yellow squash, and green onions, and I sauteed chickpeas and veggies while the couscous was cooking. I also added lime juice, cumin, and parsley to the couscous. My 2 year old daughter wasn't a big fan of the lime and cumin flavors, so I squeezed a bit of orange on hers and the sweetness from the orange balanced out the tangy. It was very good this way, too!
This reminds me of my favorite quinoa recipe that uses black beans. The chickpeas were a nice change! My family really enjoyed this recipe. It's great room temperature, cold, and works well if you need a side dish for a picnic that doesn't have mayonnaise. A great way to introduce a new food to your friends & family!
I loved this. It could have used some onion, but that's about all I would have changed. My quinoa took only about 7 or 8 minutes to cook, so this came together more quickly than I expected. Will definitely make this again.
Instead of chickpeas, I stir fried some chicken with the garlic and olive oil and a little onion. I cooked the quinoa as per recipe, and added spices and tomatoes before serving. It was delish! (Would be great with chickpeas too!)
This recipe is amazing. I made it with extra garlic and lots of cilantro instead of the parsley. It was fantastic. In the end, I also threw in some avocado and I will use more tomato next time around. I definitely agree with the other ratings, it gets better as it sits in the refrigerator. Much better cold.
This is like a mouthgasm. Seriously! It is so flavorful and scrumcious! I had never cooked with quinoa, and I picked the right place to start! This recipe was so easy to make, although I did make some adjustments. I used 3 cloves of garlic, cherry tomatoes, cilantro instead of parsley, and added red onion. Holy moly, I think I could eat the whole thing by myself! I made it less than 30 minutes ago and have already recommended it to several friends. If you are looking for an amazing new recipe this is it!!!
I love this recipe! The lime is a really nice touch. I did it a little differently, I sauteed the garlic with onions and olive oil and used a can of drained diced tomatoes instead of a fresh tomato, and it came out great!
This was ok but lacked flavour. My kids who love quinoa, wouldn't eat it. The tomatoes did not hold up well. I love all of the ingredients, but together they were uninspired and uninteresting. Sorry, I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.
Excellent! We made this right before a summer party tonight. It was soooooo good and so many people loved it and gave us compliments. The cumin made the dish, if you have none, don't make the dish. The cumin makes the dish sooo good. it makes it taste so Mediterranean. All in all delicious dish. I am a 12 year old, Pescatarian, and i made this, it was so easy. The only thing was that i used cherry tomatoes and disked them instead.
Delicious! I add the tomatoes and lime juice at the end. I've also added a little achiote (annato) for color.
we've been on the hunt for satisfying vegetarian options, and this is it. I added extra cumin and instead of salt, I used a vegetable soup stock cube. I did have to cook the quinoa a little longer than the recipe recommends.
Excellent! I would add much more chick peas... Next day I made a frittata with leftovers adding an egg, cut up "pimientos de piquillo", lots of cilantro, a bit extra of salt and pepper. Using a pan, add a teaspoon of olive oil marinated with chili peppers, it gave it a delicious spicy flavor.
AWESOME!!!! Try sprinkling some crumbled feta in. Gives it a nice flavor! This one went right in my recipe box!!!! Yummy!!!
Yuuuummmmmmmm!!!!! This will definitely be a keeper, I too used cilantro, I also put a little cayenne pepper in to kick it up a bit!!
So good! I cook my quinoa in the rice cooker so that there is no work to be done! Same water to quinoa ratio. Then I add green onions, sub the parsley for cilantro and double the cumin! Once its done I add sliced avocado on top!
This was great. You could add any cooked veggie you wanted as well.
I needed a quick lunch and had canned diced tomatoes with olive oil and garlic added. I drained the tomatoes reserving the liquid. Added water to the tomato liquid to equal the 1 3/4 cups and cooked the quinoa in that liquid for extra flavor. Tossed in all other ingredients as called for. Substituted the canned tomatoes for the fresh, cilantro for the parsley, decreased olive oil in 1/2. It was fantasic and soooo quick!!!
I followed recipe exactly but my quinoa was mushy and I didn't like the cumin flavor. Just awful to me.
Fantastic! Made it according to the recipe (cook in the rice cooker just like you would with rice). I added some sauteed onions and used cilantro instead of parsley as someone else suggested. We all loved it!
Oh my Goddess, this was awesome! It was exactly what I was looking for in a quinoa summer salad, a little tart but not too vnegary. I did add a few things to make this more crunchy and flavorful. I doubled the olive oil/lime juice/garlic and put it in a small blender to mix/chop it together, then added chopped celery and goat cheese for a mediterranean flavor. I also replaced the parsley with cilantro because I like the flavor of cilantro better. I think I will also do a mexican version of this and add corn, black beans, and bell pepper instead of garanzo beans, celery and goat cheese. I think this can be tailored to many different combinations of beans and veggies. Absolutely delish for such a healthy dish!
I really tried to make this recipe work, but in the end it didn't turn out the way I expected. Maybe next time.
I hate to be the one to say it, but this recipe just didn't do it for me- despite all the great reviews!Quinoa is new to me, so it may be a matter of trying several recipes before I find the right one for me-Or it's possible that quinoa is just not for me! (Sorry!)
Really good! Used cilantro instead of parsley and added 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach. Yum!
Was a bit too bland for my liking. Will keep looking for something with a bit more pizazz.
really good. The taste reminds me a little of tabbouli. I added some chopped red onion and cucumber. I also cooked the quinoa in some chicken broth in place of the water. Very healthy and tasty. Thanks for sharing.
This recipe is very good and tasty even though I didn't have any lime juice available.
Considering I really don't care for vegetarian meals - this one had real benefits...like weight loss. Slow eating and no seconds. Really, it was real tasty. When I make it again, I'll use black beans rather than chickpeas because I don't care for the texture of chickpeas. Black beans will also add a nice color. As another review suggested, I used cilantro rather than parsley.
This was sooo tasty. I put a chicken bouillon in the water to cook the quinoa and I omitted the cumin. Will definitely make again!
AMAZING! I added chopped avocado and diced red onion as well, and this was excellent. So fresh and tasty. Sprinkle a bit of feta over it if you like.
Mmm, this was delicious. Used Chicken stock instead of water and tarragon in lieu of parsley.
This was really good! As directed it was a bit sour for my taste so I had to drain some of the liquid off, but otherwise it was very tasty. I didn't have chickpeas so I used black beans instead and two roma tomatoes and some spring onion. Served it room temperature. Next time I'll add 2 tablespoons of lime juice and 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add more to taste after. Still, a very good dish. Thank you!
I didn't think I would like this with the cumin but I thought it was good.....I like it chilled the best. Even my kids 9 and 8 ate it....the little guy really likes the quinoa texture.
Nice vegetarian side dish. The tomatoes make for a potent acid taste, but I think a little extra salt and pepper would take care of that. If you have vegetarian friends surprise them with this dish rather than copping out with a salad for them.
Excellent recipe! only change I made was to add a little more tomato and added some green olives. Will definitely make again!
chickpeas were a little much but next time I am going to cut em up so it should be better. my opinion 4 stars is very good and i will make it again but try to throw the chickpeas in the food processor.
Quinoa can be a tricky one, but this tasty, perfect-for-summer recipe was a hit with my whole family!
Mmmm! I used canned tomatoes and added more garlic and some broccoli. I also used chicken broth instead of water. I usually have trouble with my quinoa sticking to the bottom of my pot, but I added some oil to the pot this time and had no problems!
Added some avocado and corn to this as I was short on tomato. Also chopped up some mild jalapenos and sprinkled with bacon bits. Very, very good!
Threw in some marinated artichoke & its juices/oil instead of olive oil. Added some truffle oil. Used the zest & juice of 1/2 a lemon. Threw in halved grape tomatoes & added some green onion & cilantro!
I really enjoyed this. Its filling and fresh tasting. Next time I'm going to try adding some onion to it and (as others have suggested) cilantro rather than parsley. This dish is absolutely a five - star lunch as written. Thanks for the recipe!
This is great! When I eat this, I actually feel like I am doing something healthy for my body. Great with chopped grilled chciken.
Made tonight with grilled chicken instead of the usual white rice side dish and it was delicious! I did add diced red onions (based on other reviews) and cherry tomatoes and skipped the parsley just because I didn't have any. The only lime juice I had was Rose's sweetened lime juice. My husband & I both loved it.
Quick and tasty treat to bring to any summer party. I used chicken broth instead of water for cooking the quinoa and added a little mozzerella.
A little bland.
I like this a ton - very fresh and light, a perfect summer salad, best cold and even better after having time to meld in the fridge. As always, I modified to make it my own: cilantro, English cucumbers, red onion, grape tomatoes, lime zest and honey, in addition to what is listed. To me, about a TBSP of honey was necessary to bring out that sweet/savory thing. I might try adding just a little bit of jalapeno to see if that really kicks it up, and I might try adding some avocado or grilled chicken. Served over baby greens, this is a killer lunch or dinner side.
Very yummy! I didn't have any lime juice, so I used lemon, but I think the lime would be my preference if I had it in the fridge. I had two helpings and now I am quite satisfied. Not even a little bit hungry. Nice fresh easy recipe.
Fabulous! A big hit even with the quinoa skeptics! I used black beans since that's what I had on hand, cooked quinoa in chicken broth, and added one diced avocado and about 1/2 cup of finely chopped red onion, as others had suggested. Had a little fresh cilantro, which was great, but the parsley would probably be just as good. Definitely a keeper!
Great cold and topped with soy nuts!
Sooo good! I added chicken, but totally not necessary, and I subbed chicken broth for water, and used canned tomatoes. I am eating the leftovers for lunch!
I followed the recipe exactly and it tasted bland. I can't understand why you would put olive oil in this recipe??? I added cayenne and some red onion to help improve the flavor and there again no improvement. Never will make this again.
Good combination but lacks flavor. Probably will not make again.
I made this as written, only with a little bit less olive oil. It was easy and healthy and good, so I would make it again! Next time I plan to add a diced bell pepper to up the veggie quotient and add a little more kick.
I love the versatility quinoa offers, however, this receipe really needed more flavor - I doctored it up with 2 t. cumin and 1 t cinnamon. The olive oil is totally unnecessary so I left it out.
Zero flavor. This recipe is good for a base to add a bunch of other veggies to.
Very quick & easy. I'd like a little less lime & maybe more ingredients such as avocadoes as another reviewer suggested and just maybe a bit more texture/crunch.
This recipe is incredible!! The cumin gives the quinoa a wonderful flavor. I used grape tomatoes (an entire package) instead of 1 big tomato. It is EVEN better the next day after it has been refrigerated. I cut up a Babybel Light cheese on top of it and it was the perfect lunch the next day. Five stars and thanks for this keeper!
wow, this was great! This was my first time making quinoa, and it was pretty easy! I added sauteed red and green bell peppers (diced), and had to use some home-canned tomatoes (thanks Grandma), and used the chickpea juice in the cooking water for the quinoa. I mostly added this stuff because I just need to eat more veggies hehe... Great recipe! Also, it DOES taste even better the next day!
A great quinoa recipe! Very flavourful. The only substitution I made was using fresh chopped cilantro instead of parsley as it goes very well with lime juice. For more flavour, you could try using vegetable stock instead of water, and for colour I used a mix of red and white quinoa. Thanks! :)
This was wonderful! I followed the directions on my quinoa box for the measurement of water (and also added 1 tsp. salt to the water). I added 1 chopped bell pepper just because I had one that needed eating, and increased the olive oil to 1 Tbl. I used 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper, and used 1 Tbl. chopped cilantro instead of parsley. Thanks for the recipe!!
My favorite quinoa recipe! I used cherry tomatoes and didn't alter any other ingredients. It's a keeper!
this is a good base recipe for quinoa. i made this for dinner tonight, and it was good, but i did feel like it was missing something. and my husband thought it was too healthy tasting haha.
Fast and easy. Used on hand lemons and black beans and doubled the recipe. Fantastic! This will definitely be a staple.
Not bad. I took this to a barbecue to make sure I would have something gluten-free to eat. It didn't really go over with the crowd but I didn't expect too much. This recipe is just like any other quinoa salad; not bad. I thankfully added onion and extra garlic. I think it would have been pretty bland without them given chickpeas are nearly flavorless. All that said, I still like it and will probably keep tweaking it.
Wow! Yummy! People who think they can't live without meat need to try this dish just to give themselves some more options at healthier eating.
This was very good. Also the first time I have tried Quinoa. I followed the advice of others and used Cilantro instead of parsley. It really does add a nice flavour. The next time, I will make sure to add a little more liquid...this is just a personal preference. I enjoyed it very much.
delicious and easy. i added some steamed broccoli to make it even healthier. don't add too much dressing or it will be soggy.
Very good recipe. I change the Parsley for cilantro. Add some lime and lemon. I did not add tomero because I did not have any. The recipe tourn out very good. I will do it again.
A tasty and high protein vegetarian option or side dish. I cooked my quinoa in organic vegetable broth because it gives the grain more flavor. I also used a little chopped onion and cilantro in place of parsley. This is a great base recipe that can be adjusted according to your desire or what ingredients you have on hand. Will be using this a lot as the weather warms up.
This is delicious and easy to make!
Great, easy recipe! Make sure you rinse your quinoa well to avoid a "soapy" taste. I used vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian also. I used some tomatoes & cucumbers out of my grandma's garden and did cilantro instead of parsley. YUM!
This recipe is excellent as-is. Simple and tasty. The next day I stuffed the leftovers in a pita and it was just as good as the day before. I think next time I'll pair it with a nice light white wine and a baked breast of chicken; Yum!
I used cilantro instead of parsley because I love love love cilantro. I also added a bit of lime zest. This was my first quinoa recipe, I usually eat quinoa as a rice substitute or cook it half and half with rice, so it is nice to try new things with it.
Very bland. Definitely not my favorite way to make quinoa.
Great combination of spices and juice. I made substitutions because I didn't have all the right stuff, but the basics were the same and it tastes fantastic.
Yum! I first sauteed a little bit of chopped onion and let that cook down a little. Then I added the quinoa and broth (instead of water) and it took more like 45 minutes to fully cook. Then I added a full can of chickpeas, about 1 cup of halved grape tomatoes (could have used more), and 2x the amount of dressing. I let it sit overnight to eat...easy and tasty!
I did not like this recipes. The tomatos got mushy and chickpeas were a odd texture with quinoa. And way to much parsley!
I added diced chicken breast, Swiss chard, and onion to this recipe to make it a main course. Very good! Next time, I will increase cumin and lime juice.
The food came out with a nice taste and could easily be a main dish or side dish to poultry. I sauted a little onion with the garlic and added the tomatoes and chickpeas just long enough to heat through (personal preference).
This was a HUGE hit with my family! I did have to add more water, added more salt and parsley than the recipe called for. My 2 yr old kept asking for more "noah"!
This was our first experience with Quinoa - everyone liked it, though one child was more reluctant than the other. I also added some onion and black olives. Maybe have been better without, as the lime taste was not very evident. Tip: If you change the servings from 6 to 9 you can use your whole can of garbanzo beans.
An amazing use for quinoa. I made exactly as the recipe stated, chopping everything very finely.
Loved this recipe!!! The avocado, cilantro and red onion suggested by another made this dish incredible!!! I can't wait to share it with my friends!!!
What a super dish-- tasty and healthy! We've eaten it as a main course or as an appetizer, with corn chips. Hot or cold, it's a crowd pleaser! The lime juice is key.
It would be good as a side salad. I added spinach and onion but it still seemed to be missing something.
it was ok. a bit bland. nothing to write home about...
I think next time I would add sliced green onion and possibly use lemon instead of lime. This recipe is good but feels like it's lacking something flavorful.
Excellent as is. Another time I made it I added spinach, avocado and cilantro! Excellent meal!
Great recipe! The only thing I did differently is that I toasted the quinoa in the sauce pan in 1 tsp of the olive oil for 5 mins before adding the water. This decreased the cooking time to 15 mins; this gave the quinoa a nutty flavor. Next time I'll add chicken as another reviewer suggested.
Fabulous, easy, healthy recipe. I make this a lot and usually at least double it--wonderful leftovers. We add extra lime juice, as well as the zest from a lime or two. Gives it some nice zing. Oh, and I also add crumbled feta.
Delicious! I forgot to add the olive oil and I don't think it really needs it. This is a keeper!
Use chicken broth, tomatoes with flavor such as jalapeno, and add green onions and cilantro. Very tasty.
I think this is an outstanding recipe as is however the 2nd time I made it, I added a bit of lime zest.