Upgrading the Beach Picnic…Quinoa Chickpea Salad

This past Sunday Anthony and I finally made it to the beach! I couldn’t believe it was already August and we had not been all summer…it should be in sin in Cali!

I absolutely love picnics and for this one I packed up:

  • Sweet Potato Chips
  • Apples
  • Quinoa Chickpea Salad
  • GF DF chocolate chip cookies
  • And of course lots of water!

Quinoa Chickpea Salad …. mmmm …. nutrition tastes so good!


  • 1 c cooked cooled Red Organic Quinoa
  • 1 can rinsed chickpeas
  • 1/2 c chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 c crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • Juice 1 large lemon


  1. In a large bowl combine quinoa, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, red bell pepper, cucumber. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Top with goat cheese, garlic, basil, black pepper, grapeseed oil and lemon. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Rest for 2 or more hours in fridge or cooler.
  4. Enjoy.
Quinoa Chickpea Beach Salad

Quinoa Chickpea Beach Salad

And of course what’s a day at the beach without a little card game…War :)….had to share this exciting play :)….

ResizedImage951376860899838I win! :0

It was such a great great day! Frisbee, food, cards, books….and napping! When was the last time you were at the beach? Perfect place to recharge!


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