Sure, here’s a healthy make-ahead work lunch idea: Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Vegetables.

Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Vegetables


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and feta cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top for added freshness.
  6. Divide the salad into individual containers for easy grab-and-go lunches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 400
  • Protein: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 300mg

This quinoa salad is not only delicious but also packed with protein, fiber, and various nutrients to keep you energized throughout the workday. Feel free to customize the vegetables or add grilled chicken for extra protein.