Savory Mango Chickpeas and Quinoa Salad

Enjoy this amazing complete plant food protein salad that will have not only great flavor but it will be appetizing and filling.  

A quick refreshment about complete protein in the plant kingdom.  In order to obtain complete protein we must include complete grain, legumes and nut and/or seeds. 

However, from the 20 amino acids that form a complete protein, 9 are essential and can only be obtain from external sources and the remaining 11 our own body produce them.  But did you know that chickpeas have all 9 essential amino acids?  This is so great to know so we don’t always have to add a complete grain or nuts or seeds to our dish because, having chickpeas we have automatically complete protein.

Complete grain = quinoa

Legumes = chickpeas

Nut and/or seeds = hemp seeds


1 cup dry quinoa any color

1 cup frozen mango, thawed and diced

1 cup dry chickpeas will give us 3 cups of cooked chickpeas

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1/4 cup lime juice

1 teaspoon ginger

Salt and pepper

Hemp seeds


Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh colander.

Boil 2 cups of water in a medium size saucepan and add quinoa.  Add a color pepper for flavor. Cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Cook chickpeas with a pepper or vegetable broth until tender.  Or add turmeric, pepper, and oregano fresh or powered and salt to taste

Whisk together lime juice, ginger, salt, pepper and hemp seeds in a small bowl

In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked quinoa, mango, garbanzo beans, & cilantro. Top with the lime juice dressing and mix until well coated.

Serving as is or over a bed of greens