Turmeric roasted chickpeas and blistered tomatoes tossed in a mix of quinoa, herbs, toasted almonds and zesty lemon dijon dressing. This delicious salad is brimming with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich ingredients and packs a major nutritional punch.
Happy Sunday, friends! I hope your weekends have been filled with beautiful weather, fun times and maybe even a drippy ice-cream cone because TIS’ THE SEASON!The alternate title for this salad is ‘The Weekend Detox Salad’ but I feel like people get a little too carried away with the D-word. Though I support “detoxing” food over any kind of juice cleanse or chugging two gallons of cayenne lemon water a day, our bodies do an amazing job at detoxing our system every minute of the day. However, eating nutrient-rich whole foods can undoubtedly make us feel a million times better after weekends of overindulgence.
I admittedly have been partaking in one too many overindulgent weekends lately. To the point where I sluggishly wake up Monday morning actually craving fruits and vegetables. Or really just craving anything that hasn’t been fried or loaded with sugar (oomph). Salads such as this one always feel like such a rejuvenating treat and I’m quickly reminded how rewarding it is to fuel my body with nutritious foods every day.
Though I’m still a firm believer in that every day should include some form of chocolate.
It’s cheaper than a therapist, right? 😉This salad tastes incredibly fresh and herbal with light notes of citrus and warm, fragrant spices. The silky, sweet blistered tomatoes add a heavenly rich taste while the toasted slivered almonds provide the perfect crunch.
Speaking of crunch, the turmeric roasted chickpeas are absolutely DELICIOUS on their own and make such a great snack. Turmeric is the aromatic spice that adds the beautiful bright yellow hue to curry powders. In addition to adding lovely flavor, turmeric is also considered medicinal in some parts of the world due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.The salad is tossed in a zippy lemon dijon dressing is that is light and tangy and perfectly minimalistic. I just love this dressing for how incredibly fresh it tastes and the fact that it only requires 4 ingredients. It gives bottled dressings a major run for their money!
This is an excellent salad to prepare over the weekend and pack up for lunch during the week. It’s equally delicious served warm, at room temperature or chilled. You don’t have to worry about it getting soggy since it’s so lightly dressed, and you can always add an extra squeeze of fresh lemon juice to recharge the flavor.
Packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants, this salad is a serious nutrition powerhouse!
- 1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp coriander
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (I like to cook mine in half vegetable stock/half water for more flavor)
- 3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped mint
- 3 tbsp slivered almonds
- **Lemon Dijon Dressing**
- 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice (~1 large lemon)
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- Pinch of sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
- Rinse chickpeas in a colander, shake off excess water and discard any loose shells. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and lightly dab with a paper towel until mostly dry.
- Add olive oil, turmeric, garlic powder, coriander and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Spread the chickpeas out on a baking sheet and add halved tomatoes. Try not to overcrowd tomatoes and chickpeas or they won't crisp up. Bake for 30-40 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
- In the meantime, add lemon dijon dressing ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add quinoa, parsley and mint. Allow roasted chickpeas and tomatoes to cool for ~5 minutes before also adding to bowl.
- Mix all ingredients until well-combined. Mix in slivered almonds and top with additional herbs (if desired) and serve!
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