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Balsamic Kale Quinoa Chickpea Protein Bowl. The most delicious way to get your protein fix is making a nice hearty protein bowl like this one! It's easy, quick and super versatile! So go ahead clean your fridge and make yourself a double favour! Get the recipe and tips at www.twopurplefigs.com

Balsamic Kale Quinoa Chickpea Protein Bowl

This colourful protein bowl is packed full of good-for-you ingredients, like chickpeas, kale, tomatoes bocconcini cheese and quinoa and then drizzled with an easy basil-scented balsamic dressing. A healthy protein-packed meal that can be prepped ahead of time.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword high-protein nourish bowl, kale and chickpea bowls, quinoa bowl
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 861 kcal
Author Mahy


For the salad:

  • 2 cups frozen green beans (or fresh)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup tomatoes (cherry tomatoes, tricolour or any type)
  • 2/3 cups bocconcini cheese (optional)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or canned, rinsed)

For the dressing:

  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


For the salad:

  1. Cook the green beans. Preheat a skillet with olive oil to medium-high heat and add in the garlic and green beans. Sauté them for 2 minutes and then cover the skillet. Lower the heat and let the green beans cook for 8 minutes or so until done.

  2. Assemble the bowls, add the quinoa on a side, then the kale, green beans, tomatoes, bocconcini and chickpeas.

For the dressing:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small container and place the lid on. Shake the container very well until blended and emulsified.

  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons (more or less) of the salad dressing over each bowl and keep the rest of the dressing in the fridge for a month.
  3. Garnish with some fresh basil leaves and enjoy :)

Recipe Notes

  • Try adding some lentils, nuts, herbs, avocados or cucumbers to adjust these Chickpea Protein Bowls more to your taste!
  • I like making huge batches of quinoa and store it by the cup in a ziplock in the freezer. Whenever you need some quinoa,  simply take that bag from the freezer, thaw it for a couple of hours on the counter and then reheat it a bit in the microwave.
  • Adding lemon or orange juice to the dressing along with garlic and basil is another great summery twist. Also awesome is this Perfect Tahini Sauce or a creamy Avocado dressing like in this recipe for Shrimp Salad with Avocado Dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Kale Quinoa Chickpea Protein Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 861 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 741mg32%
Potassium 1268mg36%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 8075IU162%
Vitamin C 104.5mg127%
Calcium 351mg35%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.