Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Apples

This is a repeat! I’m making this salad on Global this morning in honour of Apple Month, and so thought I’d post it here in case anyone comes looking for it. Here it is!

This is a salad I did awhile ago for Swerve, and I can’t get enough of it.

Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Apples


February 9, 2013

  • Makes: Serves 4.


1 cup quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve

1/4 cup golden or sultana raisins

1 19 oz. (540 mL) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

a big handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1/2 cup crumbled feta (or as much as you want)

1 tart-ish apple, chopped

1/2 cup toasted walnuts or almonds


1/4 cup canola or olive oil

1/4 cup rice or white wine vinegar

2 tsp. brown sugar or honey

1/4 tsp. curry paste or powder


1Cook 1 cup quinoa according to package directions (or there are directions here); dump into a wide salad bowl and set aside to cool. (Tip: add the raisins as it cools - the raisins will plump up as they absorb any excess moisture.) Add the chickpeas, parsley, feta and apple and drizzle with dressing. (To make the dressing: shake all the ingredients up in a jar.) Toss, then sprinkle with toasted walnuts or almonds right before serving.


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23 comments on “Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Apples

  1. Kalyn
    February 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Julie, I am seriously drooling over this salad!

  2. Jess S. @ Floptimism
    February 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    This salad is STUNNING! I also love the flavor combination, and anything with chickpeas is good in my book.

  3. Barb
    February 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Looks really good! When you were on Global, did you say that ambrosia apples don’t turn brown?

  4. Julie
    February 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Yes, they don’t oxidize as quickly as other varieties – meaning they don’t turn brown. I mean they do slightly, but not as much as other kinds, and not as quickly.

  5. Laurie from Burnaby
    February 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    yummy yummy

  6. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    February 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Totally my kind of salad! This looks delicious.

  7. Carly
    February 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I made this salad, and it was absolutely delicious! Total win. 5 Stars!

  8. Laura
    March 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Yum. This looks wonderful. Pinning now.

  9. Patricia
    March 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Love your recipes. I often use chicken or veggie broth rather than water for just a little more flavor. The broth is salt free, as well. Thanks for the great ideas! We love quinoa and have passed on recipes to others. Be healthy!

    • Julie
      March 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Patricia – good idea with the chicken or veggie stock! and yes, don’t you love quionoa recipes? I’m a fan…

  10. Courtney
    March 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This is absolutely delicious! I will definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  11. Salma
    July 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    This looks so beautiful! I made it the other day for a family bbq and it turned out really well. I posted a link to your recipe on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RealLifeForMom?ref=hl

  12. Salma
    July 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    This salad looks beautiful! I tried it out at a family bbq and it went over really well! I posted a link to your recipe on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RealLifeForMom?ref=hl

  13. Jocelyn
    July 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Go to Summer Salad! We discovered this last summer and have made it for many potlucks and it gets great reviews.

  14. Daphne
    July 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    As my family does not like the consistency of quinoa, can rice or another grain be used in place of quinoa? Thank you.

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