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20-Minute Vegan Quinoa Salad

20-Minute Vegan Quinoa Salad

Here's a quick and easy recipe for a healthy and delicious vegan quinoa salad that can be made in just 20 minutes. It's perfect for a quick lunch or a light dinner.

This quinoa salad is crisp, delicious, and refreshing. It’s made simply with fresh cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, chickpeas, fresh parsley and a honey-cumin olive oil and lemon dressing.


1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped

1 small red onion, chopped

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste


In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the quinoa and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat, cover, and let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes, to give it time to fluff up.

In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, and parsley. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, cumin, salt, and pepper, then set aside.

Once the quinoa is mostly cool, add it to the serving bowl, and drizzle the dressing on top. Toss until the mixture is thoroughly combined.

Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

This quinoa salad is packed with protein and fiber from the quinoa and chickpeas, as well as vitamins and minerals from the fresh vegetables. It's a nutritious and delicious meal that can be made in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights or days when you're short on time. Plus, it's vegan and gluten-free, making it suitable for a variety of dietary needs.

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