A New Lunch Salad: Salmon Chickpea Quinoa Salad

by Nicole on January 3, 2011

I’m a creature of habit. If you know me, you know not only do I like routines, but I need to have plans. Plans for everything, for my day, week, month, meals, vacations, down time, etc. I’m sort of crazy.

With that said, I tend to do the same thing over and over again, until I get sick of it and I’ve reached that point. I cannot eat another salad for lunch again….until I get “un-sick” of it.  I have been bringing salads to work for years.  It’s the easiest thing for me to bring because I don’t have a microwave, but when I went to make my lunches for the week I was nauseated at the thought of eating a salad tomorrow.

What to do, what to do? New toppings on my salad? No won’t work. Hummus and crackers for lunch? Nope won’t do.

Ya see, part of my craziness stems from the fact that I know exactly how big my salad needs to be to fill me up for 3-4 hours until I get out of work. If I try a new meal, how will I know if it’s enough? I know, crazy. I told you.

Well, I had some chickpeas and a can of salmon from Trader Joe’s in the pantry. So I started to dream up a new lunch creation.

Salmon? Check.

Chickpeas? Check.

Quinoa? Check.

Lettuce? umm..check. But just a little.

Packed up and ready to go

I started off without the avocado, quinoa and walnuts and had some of that for lunch Sunday. It was delicious, but I wanted to bulk it up for my lunchtime meals during the week, so I went back and added the 3 ingredients. It definitely added more texture and welcomed flavor.

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I’m pretty sure this will fill me up and I won’t have anything to worry about, but don’t worry I always have extra food in tow, just in case!

Have an amazing start to the first week of 2011!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Estela @ Weekly Bite January 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

This looks delicious! Happy New Year Nicole :)


MelissaNibbles January 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

I’ve never tried canned salmon. That’s a great way to break up the salad monotony. Hope it keeps you full!


Nicole January 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

It did, thanks!


Kristina @ Life as Kristina January 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

This salad looks delish!!! Anything w/chic peas suckers me in!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

I’m always looking for new lunch ideas– it can get so boring! This look tasty!


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

I am actually tired of salads too! I have been doing a lot of vegetables, but with no lettuce. It sounds crazy, but it is too cold to eat a freezing salad right now. I am that creature of habit too and I am trying to break it. This is going to be a year of change for me!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm

This salad sounds awesome! Salmon’s by far my favorite type of fish so this definitely sounds like something worth trying. :)


Natalie January 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I am definitely a creature of habit too! I can eat something again and again until I get completely burned out. I’m trying to change things up a bit this year too!

I think salmon salad may make its way in my lunch rotation soon :)


Jennifer @ shesafitchick January 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

This looks *so* good. Can you believe I have never had salmon?


sophia January 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I tend to do that, too. I get so passionate about one certain food that I overdo it until I never want to see that food again.

Have you tried canned mackerel? I’m in love.


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I’m not a big fan of fish or quinoa. Call me a weird blogger. LOL

Although I do get having to bust out of food ruts. I certainly get in those.


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