Quinoa Broccoli Chickpea Salad

I saw a post on Instagram from @thepyperskitchen … Warm Charred Cauliflower & Brown Rice Salad with Dates, Capers and Feta and it looked very delicious. but….

I did not have many of those ingredients in the house so I used that recipe for inspiration & made a salad with the ingredients I had while using some of the same ingredients in the posted recipe. I also had a soft pepper in the fridge that I added in and a whole can of chickpeas instead of only a cup.. what would I do with the rest of a can of chickpeas..?.. hummus I suppose but I threw them into this salad

*** If you do not like quinoa use any grain you like. For a chewier texture Farro would be delish.

The original salad recipe is served warm with feta but Murray & I will eat it cold… a really good lunch recipe & I do not have feta…so not putting it in!

I am using the dressing from the original recipe since it is so good! & I am adding capers which are different but add a nice saltiness to this salad!

Here is my take on this great recipe from thepyperskitchen!


1 cup dry quinoa

3-4 cups finely diced broccoli

1 can chickpeas, drained & rinced

1 yellow ( or any colour) pepper, chopped

2 tbsp oil

garlic powder

Kosher salt

1 tbsp honey


1/2 cup cut dates or you can use raisins or dried cranberries ** I like the dates in this but feel free to use what ever dried fruit you want

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 tsp capers


1/2 cup tahini

4 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

4 tbsp water

1 tbsp honey

2 tsp dijon mustard


  1. Cook the quinoa according to the pkg., when finished fluff with a fork & set aside
  2. While the quinoa is cooking you will cook the vegetables & chickpeas
  3. Put the broccoli, chickpeas & pepper into a bowl, toss with the oil & season to taste… I just sprinkled on bit of garlic but use as much as you like… some kosher salt & the honey. Toss well
  4. Put onto a foil lined baking sheet
  5. The recipe said to broil the vegetables which is a great idea… so that is what I did…I put the baking sheet into the oven … on broil …for 15 minutes, watch them so they do not burn. …stir once during that time. Remove from the oven & set aside
  6. Make the dressing..taste & adjust seasoning
  7. Combine the cooked quinoa & vegetable/chickpea mixture
  8. Add the dressing…start with half of the dressing.. I put the whole amount in & it is very well dressed!!! I like lots of dressing but if you don’t then add a bit at a time until you have added as much dressing as you like!
  9. You can eat this warm or cold!


Published by

Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

One thought on “Quinoa Broccoli Chickpea Salad

Leave a Reply