1 cup BPA-free canned chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed (
Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, cilantro and/or parsley
1/4 cup crumbled low-fat feta cheese
1 tbsp sliced raw unsalted almonds
1 1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup water and quinoa to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until water is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. During the last minute of cooking, add asparagus and cover. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
Add radish, chickpeas, lemon juice, herbs, cheese, almonds and oil. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper.
An honorary mention in our AHA collaboration, this heart-healthy southwest quinoa salad comes from Chef Jean Hertzman, PhD, CCE, assistant professor of food and beverage management at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV.
This recipe is inspired by the traditional Cuban dish ropa vieja (Spanish for "old clothes"). Traditionally served with potatoes and chickpeas, you can also try it with rice, quinoa or corn tortillas. Using sweet onions keeps the flavor subtle.