Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad

Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad - Healthy, Oil-free and Delicious! #vegan #glutenfree

Need a refreshing and simple salad featuring Springtime ingredients, and dressed with herbs and citrus? This Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad is for you!


Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad - Healthy, easy, and delicious! #vegan #glutenfree While I’ve been obsessed with Spring’s fine fruits lately, I can’t neglect the tasty vegetables that this beautiful season also has to offer. Farmers market stalls display a rainbow of colors that are truly inspiring, which is super helpful when you’re feeling a little stumped in the kitchen. All of that wandering between eye-catching vendors led to the creation of this Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad.

Image of thinly sliced radish and fennel on a cutting board

I often forget how much I like using fennel in recipes, that is until Mary from Nom Yourself and I teamed up to make a bountiful lunch the other day. Aside from piecing together a delicious pesto bowl, we made a simple puff pastry pizza topped with thinly sliced fennel, onion, vegan ricotta, balsamic glaze and basil. What a way to reinvigorate your motivation to cook!

After that, I knew I wanted to put together a spring-y salad that was light, fresh, and still filling. I even made it gluten-free and oil-free! (not that it’s hard to make the veggies and whole foods the star of this recipe) Another plus is that you can find all of these ingredients easily and it takes less than 30 minutes to put together.

Image of fluffy, cooked quinoa in a pan on the stove.

I’m a fan of making this salad ahead, then eating it for lunch for a couple of days. It could be easily transported in jars or tupperware for bringing to work!

Image if herb dressing in a liquid measuring cup with whisk

Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad - Healthy, easy, and delicious! #vegan #glutenfree

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Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad - Healthy, Oil-free and Delicious! #vegan #glutenfree

Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A refreshing and simple salad featuring fennel, arugula, quinoa, chickpeas and radishes, dressed with herbs and citrus.



  • 1 cup uncooked white quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 1/2 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb, I used a mandolin
  • 15 ounce can cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place quinoa, water, and salt in a small pot or pan, bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover with lid, simmering for 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked through and all liquid is absorbed.
  2. Fluff quinoa with a wooden spoon or fork and transfer to a bowl, place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  3. Once quinoa is has cooled, place it in a large salad bowl. Add arugula, fennel, chickpeas, tomatoes, radishes, green onion and hemp hearts to bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over contents of salad bowl and toss until combined. Refrigerate salad until ready to serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad - Healthy, easy, and delicious! #vegan #glutenfree

Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad suggestions:

  • I highly suggest that you enjoy this salad with a glass of Boozy Mint Strawberry Lemonade! 😉
  • If you can find them, use blanched fava beans instead of chickpeas for an extra-Springy dish.

Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad - Healthy, easy, and delicious! #vegan #glutenfree

You can find this salad in my High-Protein Meal Prep for Two menu!

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  10. Misfits sent me some fennel, so I was browsing recipes for fennel, and found this. It’s delicious! I don’t use salt, so I left that out, and forgot about the lemon zest and the pepper until the salad was half gone, and it was still delicious! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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