Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad – A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad - A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

If you love lots of flavors in your salads and your motto is like mine, the more the merrier, you’re going to love this naturally vegetarian and gluten-free salad. I literally couldn’t stop eating it. Huge Brussel sprouts lover, right here.

The roasted Brussels spouts add robust flavor and they’re tossed with chickpeas for protein, a quinoa and rice blend for texture, and spinach boosts the green quotient. Dried cranberries add a touch of natural sweetness and chewiness while goat cheese adds a tangy touch that we adored.

A spritz of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar bring all the flavors together. However, if you are a fan of Balsamic Brussels Sprouts then I would skip the lemon juice and ACV and drizzle in as much Homemade Balsamic Reduction or store bought that you’d like.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad - A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!

Ingrediens in Brussels Sprouts Salad

The main thing to remember about this salad is its flexibility based on what you have on hand and enjoy. For the salad I used:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Chickpeas
  • Quinoa or a quinoa/rice blend
  • Spinach
  • Dried cranberries
  • Goat cheese (optional and omit to keep vegan)
  • Lemon juice
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch of granulated sugar (optional)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad - A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!

How To Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chickpea Salad

Start by roasting your sprouts and while they’re in the oven, get your quinoa or grains simmering on the stovetop.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add then to a large bowl. When the sprouts are done, add them to the bowl as well as the cooked grains.

Add a heaping handful of spinach and stir it into the bowl to combine. The carryover heat from the vegetables and grains will gently wilt it.

Stir in dried cranberries, goat cheese crumbles, spritz with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and optionally a tiny pinch of sugar to balance the pungent nature of both Brussels sprouts, lemon juice, and vinegar.

The salad is great warm and freshly made, at room temp, or chilled.

It makes a big enough batch to use as a meal prep recipe for your work or school lunches. I love having planned leftovers waiting for me in the fridge. The flavors marry in time and I think the salad tastes even better the second day.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad – A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!

Variations and Substitutions

This is such a flexible and forgiving recipe and really you can keep adding and adding to it to stretch it and bulk it up.

Ideas to try include:

  • Roasted sweet potatoes rather than Brussels sprouts
  • White beans rather than chickpeas
  • Brown rice, lentils, couscous, or another favorite grain
  • Saute an onion along with the simmering quinoa like I did in this quinoa salad
  • Add garlic
  • Kale or arugula rather than spinach
  • Crumbed feta, aged manchego, or another bold-flavored cheese 
  • Garnish with fresh green onions, mint, basil, parsley, or other fresh herbs
  • Add zucchini, summer squash, or cucumber
  • Use a drizzle of honey rather than sugar
  • Use Homemade Balsamic Reduction or store bought rather than lemon juice and apple cider vinegar 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad - A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad - A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!
Yield: 6

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Chickpea Salad – A HEARTY salad that celebrates the flavors of fall including roasted Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries along with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, and goat cheese!! Perfect for lunch, a meatless main, or a HEALTHY side dish on your holiday table!!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided or as necessary
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more if desired
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more if desired
  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa or a quinoa/rice blend
  • water
  • one 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 heaping cup (heaping handful) fresh spinach, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese, or as desired
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch granulated sugar, optional and to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F (use convection if you have it), line a baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup if desired, add the Brussels sprouts, evenly drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and evenly season with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast the sprouts with the cut side down for about 20 minutes (my sprouts were small and only took 15 minutes) or until done. You will know when they're done by the tops on a few sprouts just beginning to char. While the sprouts are roasting, start and cook the quinoa.
  3. Cook quinoa or quinoa/rice blend according to package directions. Tip - drizzle in a tablespoon of olive oil from the beginning to prevent sticking.
  4. When the sprouts are done and the quinoa are done, transfer both to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the chickpeas, spinach, and stir to combine. The carryover heat from the sprouts and the quinoa will cause the spinach to gently wilt.
  6. Add the dried cranberries, goat cheese, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and stir to combine.
  7. Taste and check for seasoning balance and add additional salt and pepper, to taste. I added an additional teaspoon of both. If it tastes at all flat or boring, you probably need to add more salt.
  8. Optionally, to balance the pungent nature of the sprouts and the acidity of the lemon juice and vinegar, add a pinch of sugar.
  9. Serve immediately. Salad is great immediately, at room temp, or chilled. Extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 751mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 11gSugar: 15gProtein: 16g

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