Tropical Quinoa Salad Bowl with BBQ Chickpeas

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This Tropical Maple & Lime Quinoa Salad Bowl with BBQ Chickpeas are also loaded with avocados, tomatoes and scallions and make a delicious, nutritious and filling lunch or dinner! You will love this salad!

Honey & lime quinoa salad bowl with spicy BBQ chickpeas in a green bowl.

Today I’m guest posting over at Zainab’s blog Blahnik Baker! She has a beautiful baking blog, with small but delicious additions of savoury dishes. I’m sharing this delicious Maple & Lime Quinoa Salad Bowl with BBQ Chickpeas that was a huge part of my lunch and dinner obsession for quite a while.

I thought this Maple & Lime Quinoa Bowl with Spicy BBQ Chickpeas was a great addition because it is an insanely delicious bowl meal that can actually be easily made vegan. It’s also gluten-free and basically, perfect for any lunch or dinner that you’re preparing.

The idea came about on one of my quinoa obsessed days aka days that still exact and a pining for a tropical flavour palette. The maple and lime came straight from that, then the avocado and tomatoes. You could always use red bell peppers if you aren’t a fan of tomatoes. Next up? The BBQ chickpeas.

Side shot of salad bowl with spicy BBQ chickpeas.

I kind of FELL IN LOVE with BBQ chickpeas after experimenting with them. You get a sticky, spicy and smokey flavour that is pretty much amazing. I had bbq chickpeas for days afterwards.

Overall, this meat is really good for you – I’m talking tons of protein, magnesium, fibre, healthy fats…plus you’ll be really full!

By the way, if you liked this bowl, you’ll always love these Sun-dried Tomato and Mozzarella Quinoa Burgers!

A stack of sundried tomato and mozzarella quinoa burgers.


And these Quinoa Pizza Bites!

Quinoa Pizza Bites

How about these Buffalo Quinoa Chicken Bites with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing!

A batch of buffalo quinoa chicken bites with dip.


 This Cinnamon Maple Apple Quinoa was a hit!

Overhead shot of cinnamon apple maple quinoa in a white bowl.



Overhead shot of salad bowl in a green bowl.

Tropical Quinoa Salad Bowl with BBQ Chickpeas

This Tropical Maple & Lime Quinoa Salad Bowl with BBQ Chickpeas are also loaded with avocados, tomatoes and scallions and make a delicious, nutritious and filling lunch or dinner! You will love this salad!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salads
Cuisine American

Maple & Lime Quinoa:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoonsmaple syrup

BBQ Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas cooked
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce homemade or store-bought


  • 2 1/2 cups shredded lettuce washed
  • 1/2 an avocado sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1 medium tomato chopped



  • Wash the quinoa in a mesh strainer rigorously with water.
  • In a pan over medium high heat, add 2 teaspoons olive oil. Dry the quinoa by adding it to the pan and letting it heat up for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the broth to the pan and the salt. Stir, and bring to a boil.
  • Lower to medium-low heat and cover, cooking for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When all of the water has been absorbed, the quinoa is finishing cooking. Use your fork to fluff the quinoa a bit. Slice the lime and squeeze over the quinoa, and add the maple syrup, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined. You will only need 1/2 cup for one serving.

BBQ Chickpeas

  • In a small pot over medium heat, place the chickpeas and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Heat for about 5 minutes until warm and the sauce becomes sticky and coats the chickpeas. Remove from the heat and coat with the remaining barbecue sauce. If desired, you can add more barbecue sauce.

Putting the Bowl Together

  • Place the lettuce at the bottom of the bowl. Arrange the rest of the ingredients in the bowl in their own corners, 1/2 cup quinoa in one, then bbq chickpeas, the tomatoes and the avocados.
    Sprinkle with the chopped scallions. Enjoy!


Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1913mg | Potassium: 1231mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1678IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 6mg
by Jessica

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  1. Kelly says:

    Love this beautiful salad Jessica! The BBQ chickpeas sound amazing – pinning 🙂

  2. Ann says:

    This is fantastic! I have been looking for some new ways to jazz up quinoa, can’t wait to try this!

  3. Patricia says:

    The Tropical Quinoa Salad Bowl was GREAT!!! My hubby had doubts when he saw me putting it together because there wasn’t any ‘sauce’ but he was pleasantly surprised. It’s a keeper! 🙂

  4. Carla says:

    Very interesting, the key thing is the combination of flavors to enjoy this. I had my doubts, but it is good and guilt free.

  5. J says:

    How do you make the avocado dressing when using this recipe in a mason jar?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi J! So from bottom to top it would be Avocado Dressing, tomatoes, chopped scallions, bbq chickpeas, quinoa, lettuce. then the avocados I hope this helps!

  6. Anna Jopp says:

    Thank you for this recipe, it tastes really amazing! My husband and I loved it! 🙂 We also added red onions and kale sprouts and they fitted very well. So tasty! 🙂

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      This comment is so nice Anna! We’re glad that you enjoyed this recipe. Your additions sound yummy indeed!

  7. Andrea says:

    There is no recipe for an avocado sauce when making in a Mason jar…

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