1/2cupdiced red onion (about 1/4 of a large onion)
1/3cupchopped fresh parsley
2-3ozfeta cheese, crumbled*Omit if vegan/dairy-free.
Lemon Tahini Dressing
Pinchfreshly cracked black pepper, to taste
5-6tbspcold watermore to desired consistency
Quinoa, Roasted Chickpeas & Almonds
Cook the quinoa in a medium pot according to package directions. Set aide to cool.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and set aside 2 baking sheets (no oil or parchment paper needed).
Pour the drained and rinsed chickpeas onto a clean kitchen towel (or paper towel). Place another towel over top and pat dry. Discard any skins that come off in this process and place the chickpeas on one of the baking sheets. Place the almonds on the other baking sheet.Bake for 7 minutes until the almonds are toasted and fragrant and the chickpeas start to look like they are drying out.
Remove from the oven and set the almonds aside allowing them to cool right on the tray. Once cooled, roughly chop them. Stir the chickpeas around on the hot pan for about 30 seconds to release the steam. Add the olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and mix to coat the chickpeas.Bake the chickpeas for another 23-25 minutes until crispy. Set aside to cool.
While the chickpeas cook, construct the rest of the salad. In a medium bowl mix together the cooled quinoa, pomegranate seeds, diced onion, avocado, parsley and feta cheese. Once the chickpeas and almonds are cooled, add them in as well.
Lemon Tahini Dressing
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. If you prefer a thinner texture, add more water 1 tbsp at time until your desired consistency is reached.
Mix about half of the dressing into the salad, saving the remainder to drizzle over just before eating. Serve immediately or chilled.
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Cover and store refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Feel free to omit the feta cheese if vegan or dairy-free.
This salad would pair nicely with grilled chicken or tofu if serving as a main dish.
Serves about 4 for a main meal, more if served as a side dish. Enjoy!