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People think that food bloggers eat very well, and on some level this is true but on certain days there’s a descent chance I’d get kicked out of the club. Breakfast I’m usually pretty good about and dinner is whatever is in season or on sale at the market but lunch, well lunch and I have some issues.

Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea SaladBecause I spend most of my day in the kitchen cooking and taste-testing, I often find myself skipping lunch in lieu of lots of nibbling. A brownie here, some steak there, a handful of chickpeas here and before I know it I’m full and somehow forgot to eat any veggies (besides the ones hidden in the brownies…).

Even though I’m not a huge meal prepper, I could use a little help in the lunch department. I think if I had some healthy food on hand, I might save that brownie for dessert instead of eating 4 and calling it lunch. In fact, easy lunches (and hidden veggie recipes) is the most requested recipe suggestion I get. So it was due time I take a page from my own book.

Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea Salad // thehealthymaven.comI took myself back to my college days where 19 hour days in the library were completely normal. I went to McGill where we work hard and play hard! I used to bring breakfast, lunch and dinner to the libs. And yes, I looked nomadic. I tried to minimize as much stuff to carry as possible by making meals that were veggie, carb and protein loaded without 15 different tupperwares. For lunch this often meant grain-salads on a bed of lettuce or soup and bread.

Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea Salad // thehealthymaven.comEven though I no longer have to trudge through the snow with my 50lbs of books and food, I still think I could benefit from the forethought I used to put into my meals. So from now on I am going to attempt to create more veggie and protein packed meals that can serve as easy lunches.

Not surprisingly, this was the inspiration behind this Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea Salad. Filled with protein, carbs and topped on some greens for aย bigger veggie-punch, I was pleasantly surprised by how much better I felt when I sat down to a real lunch. And managed to only eat one brownie for dessert ๐Ÿ˜‰


Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

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  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl combine cooked quinoa, chickpeas, grated carrots, dates and pistachios.
  2. Top with olive oil and vinegar and give it a good stir to coat.
  3. Add in spices and stir until well combined.
  4. Serve warm or cold.*
  5. Will keep up to one week in refrigerator.

*Can eat immediately, but gets better as it sits and the flavours meld together.

Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea Salad // thehealthymaven.comAre you a meal-prepper? What are your go-to lunches?

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Hi! I'm Davida and welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a wellness blogger, yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and green beauty lover.

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    1. That makes me so happy, Jen! It’s actually on the menu for us tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope all is well, lady! xo

  1. I just made a single serving of this and it tasted so awesome, really! I will definitely make a week-meal-prep of this soon, but with quinoa instead of millet. I used millet today and it still was delicious, but very mushy and dense. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I love to eat healthy for the most part, but meal prepping, well…prepping anything in general is not my thing. Haha! Lunch is never a full on meal like I would have for breakfast or dinner, as it usually winds up being a bunch of stuff combined in the same plate. ๐Ÿ™‚ And this quinoa salad sounds delish! I used to eat the stuff all the time but have gotten out of the habit. Must start fresh!