Ingredients

1 cup of quinoa rinsed very thoroughly (essential to lose bitterness)
2 peeled and chopped pears
a 400g tin of chick peas drained, rinsed and (if you can be bothered) peeled*
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Dressing

4 tbsp failsafe oil
3/4 tsp citric acid dissolved in 3 tbsp water
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
salt to taste (it’s not a really savoury salad, it just needs a little as a flavour kick)

Method

Put rinsed quinoa in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Cover and bring to the boil. Gently simmer for approximately 20 mins or until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Chuck it into a large salad bowl.
Mix all dressing ingredients together with either a whisk or shaken together in a jar. Pour half of it on the warm quinoa and mix it all through. Leave to cool to room temperature.
Throw pears chickpeas and parsley into the bowl and toss with remaining dressing.

And that is it. Easiest, tastiest, protein packed salad ever.

Variations
The original contained pecans so you could use some raw cashews.
Salicylates – Add a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves.

With the spinach

*The easiest way to peel chickpeas is to place them into a bowl of water and gently rub them between your fingers. The skins will fall away quite easily and if you leave it to sit in the bowl the skins will mostly float above the chickpeas and can be removed.

Recipe and photos by Failsafe Foodie

Quinoa Salad – a Failsafe Recipe
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