Quinoa + Roasted Chickpea Salad

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I have officially entered the 2010’s & gotten a Birchbox subscription.

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I know I’m like 2 years behind on this. I’m terrible at being a female, though, so organic makeups just never appealed to me.

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My mom got me a subscription for my upcoming birthday (y’all know I’m too cheap to buy it myself, PUHLEASE). I had to take some, like, personality test to tell them what kind of products I want.

“What is wrong with your skin?” Well, everything.

“What is your hair like?” Miserable & stringy.

“What is your level of beauty knowledge?” Oh very proficient. My mascara costs like $20.

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Then, they ask me about nail polish. Like, just because I am an adult female does NOT mean I know how to paint my nails. I can’t do it, ok? I’ve tried. I always end up pulling a Picasso on the bathroom rug.

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But they are sending me healthy snacks & treats so I’m willing to let the nail polish thing slide.


Time: 35 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. of sriracha
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • Feta cheese, for serving
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions, drain + set aside
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine chickpeas + sriracha + honey + olive oil + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Lay on a lined baking sheet + roast for 25-30 minutes
  • In a bowl, combine quinoa + black beans + onion + cilantro + chickpeas + lemon juice + S+P
  • Serve with feta cheese + crushed tortilla chips + more cilantro
  • Swan dive into a bowl of this

9 thoughts on “Quinoa + Roasted Chickpea Salad

  1. tenncyn says:

    Your level of beauty knowledge is higher than mine! I don’t even use mascara. Anyways, this salad looks amazing! I recently just got my boyfriend on the quinoa train so I’ll have to put this into rotation!


    • Rachel says:

      It’s really not that spicy, but I would eat lava so…. If you don’t like any spice, just roast the chickpeas in extra olive oil! I think goat cheese would be PERFECT. Thanks for reading!

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