Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing

Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
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Welcome to my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between OBSESSION!  This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing has everything you could ever want in a meal.  It’s fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallion, and red pepper.  Then it’s hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese.  And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds.  And all of the different textures will make your mouth so happy!    

Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
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The Perfect Healthy Meal Prep Recipe

Not only is this delicious and good for you, but it’s incredibly versatile and can be made well in advance to enjoy all week!  

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is actually an edible seed that is referred to as a Superfood because of its health benefits.  It’s high in complete protein including 8 amino acids and it has more fiber than most other grains.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium.

The texture is similar to a couscous, but a little more fluffy.  It has a mild, slightly nutty taste, similar to brown rice.  However, because it’s so mild, it really absorbs any flavors you mix with it.  Check out more Quinoa Recipes!

Pomegranate cut in half on plate for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Pomegranate Seeds are also so good for you!  They are loaded with nutrients, have antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory benefits, and so much more.  Read more about the many benefits of pomegranate seeds. 

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR QUINOA & KALE SALAD

Red pepper, Kale, Pomegranate, and Quinoa for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Here’s the wonderful news about this recipe…the entire thing can be made ahead!  Then you can eat it throughout the week! (See the recipe below for more details)

It starts with the quinoa, which you first want to thoroughly rinse with warm water in a strainer.  Then you cook it according to package instructions (very similar to rice).  Let it cool in the fridge. 

By the way, you can make extra and freeze quinoa.  Just spread it out on a sheet pan and freeze, then scoop it into a freezer bag/container. Check out more Freezer Hacks to Save Dinner here!

Water rinsing quinoa in strainer for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Cooked quinoa in pot for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

While the Quinoa is cooking, you can also roast the chickpeas.  Roasting chickpeas gives them a crispy nuttier flavor and really transforms them into little bites of wonder.

Make the roasted chickpeas by first draining and rinsing them in cold water. Pat dry with paper towel and place on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss to coat each chickpea with seasoning. Place in preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Then make the dressing by combining the sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, yellow mustard, parsley. Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

Dressing ingredients in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Dressing mixed in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

While the quinoa and chickpeas are cooking, prep all of the veggies! Dice the red pepper and chop the kale. Finely slice the scallion.

Chopping Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Chopped Red Pepper and Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Slice the Pomegranate in half and then holding one half upside down, hit the back with a mallet or the back of your knife to knock out the seeds.

Cutting a Pomegranate for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Knife hitting Pomegranate to get seeds out for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

To a large mixing bowl, add the cool quinoa, chickpeas, kale, red pepper, pomegranate, scallion, crumbled feta, and dressing. Then mix to combine.

All ingredients in bowl for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Quinoa & Kale Salad in clear glass bowl with spoon with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

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Bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
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Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing

This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing is everything!  It's fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallions, and red pepper.  Then it's hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese.  And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy dinner, healthy recipes, kale, quinoa, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 445 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Creamy Lemon Dressing

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbls Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Italian Parsley finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Roasted Chickpeas

  • 15 oz Chickpeas 1 can
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Other Salad Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 2 cups Kale, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Feta, crumbled
  • 1 Pomegranate seeds only

Instructions

  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer and then cooking it according to package directions. Let cool in the fridge.

    Water rinsing quinoa in strainer for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  2. Make the dressing by first, zesting the Lemon and then cut in half and add the juice from only half of the lemon to a mixing bowl. Also to the bowl, add the sour cream, lemon zest, honey, yellow mustard, parsley.  Whisk the ingredients together. Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

    Dressing ingredients in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  3. Make the roasted chickpeas by first draining and rinsing them in cold water. Pat dry with paper towel and place on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss to coat each chickpea with seasoning. Place in preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

    Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  4. While the quinoa and chickpeas are cooking, prep all of the veggies!  Dice the red pepper and chop the kale.  Finely slice the scallion.

    Chopped Red Pepper and Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  5. Slice the Pomegranate in half and then holding one half upside down, hit the back with a mallet or the back of your knife to knock out the seeds.

    Knife hitting Pomegranate to get seeds out for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  6. To a large mixing bowl, add the cooled quinoa, chickpeas, kale, red pepper, pomegranate, scallion, dressing and crumbled feta.  Then mix to combine.

    All ingredients in bowl for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  7. Store in pre-portioned lunch containers, serve as a side or as a main dish.  Enjoy!

    Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Magical Sriracha Hummus without Tahini

2-Ingredient Magical Sriracha Hummus in a bowl with crackers and carrots next to it.  This is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!

✨Magical Sriracha Hummus✨is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it’s perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  It’s so easy, I hesitated to add it as a recipe!  But, we could all use new inspiration, right?  This is Hummus without Tahini, but still full of flavor.  The chickpeas have so much creamy flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive! 😍  

Sriracha Hummus is Magical: Easy, Yummy, Healthy

This Sriracha Hummus without tahini is Magical because there are only 2 main ingredients (not including salt, water, oil) and it takes only minutes to make.  It’s also Magical because it tastes unbelievable and can be used in so many different ways in every meal and also snacks (scroll down for ideas!).  I seriously cannot get enough of this stuff! 

But the magic doesn’t stop there!  Sriracha Hummus is so GOOD FOR YOU! 

  • Chickpeas are high in protein and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber!
  • Sriracha is made from red chili peppers which have capsaicin.  Capsaicin has been shown to increase your metabolism, as well as boost your mood, and reduce hunger.  Chili Peppers also have vitamins A and C, which help to strengthen your immune system!  Right on!  Click here for more on the benefits of Capsaicin.  

Try these other easy recipes with Chickpeas and/or Sriracha:

Ways you can eat your Magican Sriracha Hummus!

Not only can you enjoy hummus with crackers, pita, and veggies. The options are endless, so give these ideas a try!

  • layer on toast with avocado and/or egg
  • put on sandwich with cucumber, tomato, and roasted red pepper
  • mix into pasta for a thick, creamy, protein-packed sauce!!
  • add to slow cooker chili, stew, or soups
  • mix in a chicken salad with carrots, celery, feta, a little Greek yogurt and scallions
  • mix into mashed cauliflower or potatoes!!!

WHAT OTHER IDEAS DO YOU HAVE??   Please tell me in the comments. 

2-Ingredient Magical Sriracha Hummus in a bowl with crackers and carrots next to it. This is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

SUPER EASY TO MAKE!

1️⃣ Drain & Rinse 1 can of Chickpeas. Then add them to a mini food processor.  My Cuisinart Mini Food Processor is one of my absolute favorite and most used gadgets in my kitchen!

Whole Chickpeas in food processor for Magical Sriracha Hummus.  This recipe is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!

2️⃣ Add 1 Tbls Sriracha Sauce & 1 Tbls Oil.  I love Sriracha and use it on eggs, on sandwiches, in soups, salads…the list goes on.  My go-to Sriracha is Huy Fong Foods Sriracha which you can find in most stores or just place a quick order from online!

Blended Chickpeas and Sriracha in food processor for Magical Sriracha Hummus.  This recipe is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!

3️⃣ Add 1/4 cup water and pinch of salt to taste 
4️⃣ Pulse then fully process until smooth. Add a drizzle more oil if needed and more Sriracha/Salt to taste.

Blended Chickpeas and Sriracha in food processor for Magical Sriracha Hummus.  This recipe is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!

That is it, my friends!  Enjoy this amazing and magical Sriracha Hummus for all your days to come!

😍 Carrie

2-Ingredient Magical Sriracha Hummus in a bowl with crackers and carrots next to it. This is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!

Magical Sriracha Hummus

Magical Sriracha Hummus is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  This recipe is a Hummus without tahini, but still full of flavor.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!

Course Appetizer, Condiment, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword appetizer, chickpeas, dips, garbanzo beans, Hummus, party food, snacks, sriracha
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 can Chickpeas about 15.5 ounces
  • 1 tbls Sriracha or more to taste!
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pinch Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain & Rinse 1 can of Chickpeas. Then add them to a mini food processor.  Pulse to get them blending.

    Whole Chickpeas in food processor for Magical Sriracha Hummus. This recipe is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!
  2. Add 1 Tbls Sriracha Sauce & 1 Tbls Oil.  Add 1/4 cup water and pinch of salt to taste.  

    Blended Chickpeas and Sriracha in food processor for Magical Sriracha Hummus. This recipe is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!
  3. Blend until Smooth.

    Blended Chickpeas and Sriracha in food processor for Magical Sriracha Hummus. This recipe is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!
  4. Serve as a dip, snack, on sandwiches, on toast, with eggs, with pasta, on salads, and so much more!  Enjoy

    2-Ingredient Magical Sriracha Hummus in a bowl with crackers and carrots next to it. This is seriously the easiest hummus you will ever make and it's perfect for snacking or adding to a meal.  The chickpeas have so much flavor and the Sriracha gives it a kick that is totally addictive!