Greek Quinoa Salad

I have a confession!

I am addicted to Greek Salad, and Greek food, and Avgolemono soup, but Greek Salad tops it all. I usually just eat the traditional Greek Salad of chopped vegetables, feta, olives, pepperoncinis and the delicious vinaigrette they put on it.

Last week I was trying to decide what to make for my week of lunches and decided to try Greek Quinoa Salad.

While it isn’t the same as my favorite traditional salad I still really liked it. Especially because it has quinoa, a healthy grain, in it.

The website Mind, Body, Green talks about 7 benefits of quinoa:

  1. Protein rich
  2. Twice as much fiber as most other grains
  3. Contains iron
  4. Rich in magnesium
  5. High in Riboflavin (B2)
  6. High content of  manganese (antioxidant)

I love being able to add something healthy like quinoa into a salad that I already love and is packed full of veggies.

It is easy to whip up and easy to eat up! This recipe makes  a large bowl so it’s perfect for a party, get together, or to have for lunches throughout the week and as a side to your dinner.

Greek Quinoa Salad
 
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Healthy Greek salad packed full of colorful, delicious veggies and healthy quinoa. Perfect as a side dish, lunch or dish to bring to a party or picnic.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6-7

Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Few pinches of salt
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • ¾ cup red pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup pepperoncinis, chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • FOR DRESSING
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water using a small holed strainer so the quinoa doesn’t fall through. In a medium pot bring to a boil water, salt and quinoa over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, turn the heat low and simmer for 15-17 minutes (until water is absorbed).
  2. Remove quinoa from the heat and fluff with fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onion, red pepper, feta cheese and quinoa.
  4. For the dressing, whisk together the red wine vinegar, olive oil and oregano. Pour dressing over the salad once you a ready to eat the salad, stir to mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add pepperoncinis (optional).
  5. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Recipe slight adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

Julia

Comments

  1. This salad is so colorful – which means it is full of phytochemicals that are beneficial to health. How many days will it last in the fridge?
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    • A Cedar Spoon says:

      I made this on Tuesday night and had some today and it was still good! I bet it would still taste fresh up to 5 days, maybe 7?

  2. This is absolutely perfect :)
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