Quinoa, Arugula, and Black-Eyed Peas Salad

By Laura Harshbarger, HCTP March 2018

If salads usually leave you wanting more, give this hearty salad a try! Filled with veggies, hearty protein-packed quinoa, and black-eyed peas, this salad is sure to please. The dressing features Dijon mustard and fresh lemon juice. It’s zingy and really brings the flavors together. The salad is a great option for meal prep because it will keep for up to four days in the fridge. This recipe is also super versatile! You can easily make substitutions or add other veggies that you enjoy.


  • 1-1/2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large handfuls (or 2 cups packed) arugula
  • 1/2 small to medium red onion, diced finely
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Cook quinoa per package instructions. Fluff with fork and let cool. (You can even do this the day before.)
  2. Chop all ingredients and add to a large bowl.
  3. Make dressing by adding ingredients to a glass jar and shaking vigorously.
  4. Add cooled quinoa to veggies. Pour dressing over top and stir thoroughly.
  5. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to four days. The cucumbers will get somewhat soft, but the salad overall gets even better as it marinates. If you are eating this salad two or more days after it was prepared, squeeze some additional lemon juice over it as the acidity reduces over time.

Laura Harshbarger is a current student in the Health Coach Training Program. She is a wellness lover and mama of two who loves food, plants, sunshine, the beach, and walking in nature. She loves sharing recipes and wellness information on her website, Glowingly Well. Laura believes that the body is an amazing, self-healing machine. If you take away what’s harming the body and give it what it needs, it will heal itself. It is a journey of the mind, body, and spirit that puts you in touch with the light and joy you were born with. Learn more and connect with Laura on her website and Instagram.

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