Can I just say how much I LOVE quinoa. If you haven't gotten aboard the quinoa train you better hurry up. Quinoa is becoming increasingly popular due to its superfood properties. So much so, that the farmers in South America can barely afford to eat it themselves anymore. In that case, maybe we can get plant based protein somewhere else so there is more to go around. Anyway, let me get off of my soap box. This salad is amazing. I came up with the idea because I saw a recipe for pesto pasta salad and I thought, " Well, why can't I just make the same flavors, but with quinoa. And thus, pesto quinoa salad was born.
Pesto Quinoa Salad
Makes 5-6 servings
1 can chickpeas ( rinsed)
1 cup quinoa ( uncooked)
1/2 cup crumbled feta
2 Tablespoons store bought pesto ( or home made)
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 red pepper chopped
1/4 large red onion chopped
Salt & Pepper ( Taste it first after you add the feta)
1. Drain chickpeas and rinse in a colander.
2. Boil quinoa to packaged directions and let cool.
3. Add remainder of ingredients adding salt and pepper last to taste.