Greek Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tzatziki

Greek Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tzatziki is a Greek-style quinoa salad tossed with roasted chickpeas, lemon, and olive oil.  Serve with a drizzle of creamy tzatziki sauce for one fresh, flavorful salad!

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I told you last week when I made my Golden Beet, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad that it might be a long time before I shared another salad recipe with you.  Ummm…scratch that.  We’re taking a trip to Greek islands today. 🙂

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I told my friend Lindsey over at American Heritage Cooking that I would do a guest post for her because she’s starting culinary school this week!  I’m so looking forward to hearing all about her experiences, and I’m beyond excited for her!  Have you visited Lindsey’s blog yet?  If not, you’re missing out on recipes like Mini Apple Pecan Crumble PiesSaucy Chiptole Maple Baked Chicken Wings, and Easy Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Stir Fry.  She’s wicked talented already, so things are only going to get better over at American Heritage Cooking. 🙂

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Last week Lindsey posted Baba Ganoush dip and said she had been on a bit of a Mediterranean food bender.  That helped me decide what to serve up for her, and I know she loves quinoa.  Lindsey, I hope you love this!

I took my love of Greek salads and created this quinoa version.  I didn’t have Greek olives…shame on me…but don’t let that stop you.  If you have them, go on ahead and add ’em!   We still have bright cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese, and tossed them with the rainbow quinoa, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.  Voila!  Oops…let’s not forget those chickpeas.

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I’ve been wanting to roast chickpeas forever, and I finally got around to it.  Let me tell you, those little guys are addicting in the best possible way!  You can add the chickpeas as-is, but when you roast them, they get golden brown and crispy, which adds nice texture to our salad.

I’d made some Greek tzatziki dip for veggies and pita chips the other day, and decided that would be a nice little topper for our salad.   It’s creamy, with lots of fresh lemon and dill flavor.  Plus more crispy cucumbers, which always adds some crispness to the party.

This salad is healthy, fresh, and satisfying, so if you want the recipe, hop on over to Lindsey’s blog and grab it!

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