Spiced quinoa and garbonzo bean ‘salad’

November 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is a great vegetarian side dish (if you use vegetable broth), and also makes a nice pack lunch.

Quinoa salad

RECIPE (serves 4 as a hearty side dish)


  • 1 TBL. Olive Oil
  • 1 sm. onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 & 1/2 tsps. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 c. quinoa
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (14 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 c. toasted pine nuts (I have also used pecans or walnuts)
  • 1/2 c. craisins


1. Stir together the olive oil, onion & garlic in a saucepan over medium heat until the onion has softened & turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the quinoa, curry powder, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, & chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, & simmer 20 minutes until the quinoa is tender.

2. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, stir in the drained garbanzo beans, toasted pine nuts, & raisins.  Serve warm or cold.



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