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Broccoli & Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

Broccoli & Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

This easy broccoli & quinoa salad just goes right in the centre of the Venn diagram marked “healthy” “delicious” and “can be whipped up in 20 minutes”

Seriously, it is so easy to throw together when you’re pushed for time and need something healthy and delicious on the table in between finishing one thing and scurrying off to the next.

Broccoli & Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

I straight up love broccoli when its just steamed or wok-fried a little (think green and crunchy, not grey and soggy).

I’ve been eating it so much recently, that my husband-of-the-future announced the other day that he had to get some junk food for lunch because the fridge was full of broccoli and he wasn’t eating broccoli and quinoa for the third meal in a row.

I guess maybe I need to get some more variety in my life?

Broccoli & quinoa salad with chickpeas

This easy broccoli & quinoa salad recipe with chickpeas is a 15-minute meal that is healthy and delicious. Try this Easy Broccoli Salad if you’re pushed for time and need something healthy and delicious on the table.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 People
Author: zoepickburn


  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 0.25 inch Fresh Ginger
  • 0.5 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • 0.5 cup Quinoa (dry)
  • Juice of half a Lime
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce (gluten-free)
  • 2 tbsp. Peanut Butter (crunchy)
  • Sriracha to taste
  • 1 head Broccoli
  • 2 400g tin Chickpeas


  • Finely chop the garlic and ginger together – there should be approximately equal amounts of each
  • Heat a large, light saucepan and add the coconut oil. Allow it to melt, then add the garlic and ginger and quickly fry over a high heat for a couple of minutes
  • Throw in the dry quinoa and continue to cook for a further minute or two, before adding the lime juice, soy sauce, peanut butter, and a little sriracha or hot sauce, if that’s your thang. Add 2 cups of hot water, turn down the heat and simmer for around ten minutes
  • Meanwhile, prepare the broccoli by chopping it into bite-sized florets, and drain and rinse the chickpeas
  • After the quinoa has been cooking for around 10 minutes, add the chickpeas, and suspend the broccoli over the pan in a covered sieve or colander, to steam
  • Steam the broccoli for 5 minutes, then add it to the pan with the rest of the dish, and stir
  • Divide into two bowls and enjoy your quick and healthy, one-pan dinner with a nice cold glass of wine

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Quinoa & broccoli salad


  • Monika Dabrowski

    This is so super healthy and yummy, I am sure! I really like the idea of cooking the quinoa with other ingredients and not just water. Must try that next time I make a quinoa dish:)

    • Zoe Pickburn

      Thanks Monika! Yes, I love to cook other ingredients straight in with the quinoa, it gives the flavours more time to really get into the dish than a dressing that just goes straight on top. Definitely give it a go πŸ™‚

  • Annmarie

    Love broccoli! This looks simply delicious!

    • Zoe Pickburn

      Thanks Annmarie πŸ™‚ broccoli is the best, isn’t it!

  • Ah, I had to remember what a ven diagram was! Clever!

    I love quick meals so this one I’ll have to try soon!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

    • Zoe Pickburn

      Thanks Mary Ellen – I’m loving Healthy Vegan Fridays!

      Yes, venn diagrams take me right back to science lessons at school – this is wayyy nice than school dinners though πŸ™‚

  • Bethany

    This looks so delicious!

  • This salad looks really tasty! What a wonderful combination of healthy and delicious ingredients!

    • Zoe Pickburn

      Thanks Alix πŸ™‚ Yep, it is SO yum – healthy + delicious = the best kind of lunch

  • Ashley

    This looks amazing! I am not a huge meat eater and I recently have been finding it difficult to get protein in, and I never know what to do with beans or in this case, chickpeas… I look forward to trying it and I have pinned it for future use! Thanks for sharing

    • Zoe Pickburn

      Thanks Ashley πŸ™‚ I love love love chickpeas, I’ll stick them in anything! Have you seen my peanut butter blondie recipe? It’s full of chickpeas too πŸ™‚

  • I love quinoa and trying it new recipes. This salad looks like a perfect lunch, I will be pinning this one! x #CookBlogShare

    • Zoe Pickburn

      Thanks Kirsty – its fab for a quick lunch πŸ™‚ Loving #CookBlogShare

  • I’m liking the sound of that Venn diagram!! That is pretty much what I aim for in all my recipes – healthy, delicious and easy! And what’s wrong with eating broccoli and quinoa three times in a row? As a matter of fact I had spinach and quinoa twice yesterday πŸ˜€ once in a salad, once in a curry – both lovely! Thanks for linking your lovely recipe up to #CookBlogShare πŸ™‚ Eb x

    • Zoe Pickburn

      Thanks for hosting it Eb πŸ™‚
      Yes, healthy + delicious + easy is just about perfect. Thank spinach and quinoa curry sounds like a beauty!

  • Jacqueline Meldrum

    You can’t beat a simple salad. Thanks for entering it into Meat Free Mondays, I featured your recipe and the roundup is now live, if you would like to see what else was featured this week or just how bonnie your dish looks. Right, now time to do a bit of promotion for this post for you!

    Oh and if you enter again can you please link to Meat Free Mondays. If everyone does this is means more traffic for everyone.


    • Zoe Pickburn

      Hi Jac – Thanks for featuring me (and for hosting the linkup!) Imma queue that up to tweet out shortly!

      I’ve included the link and the logo for MeatfreeMondays in my sidebar – that way it is visible on every page πŸ™‚ Is that okay?

      Thanks again!

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