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This Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe is a healthy mix of your favorite Greek ingredients topped over gluten-free quinoa. You can mix things up but I like adding hummus, vegetables, greens, olives, feta cheese and artichokes to my quinoa bowl.

Greek Quinoa Bowl with vegetables

GREEK QUINOA BOWL RECIPE

I love making quinoa bowls, Chicken Shawarma Rice Bowls, Beef Kafta Meatballs Bowls or a Mediterranean Buddha Bowl  for lunches or dinners this time of year.

After the holidays I know a lot of us are tired of all the heavy food and the sweets.

I like to reset my meals with all of these healthy ingredients. 

Today’s Greek Quinoa Bowls Recipe is one of my favorites.

It mixes some of my favorite ingredients: quinoa, hummus, chickpeas, fresh vegetables, greens, olives, feta cheese and artichokes. 

Greek Quinoa Bowl with artichokes

The nice thing with these type of bowls is how customizable they are to your tastes.

You can open your fridge and see what you have on hand to add to your bowls.

I also like making my own dressings like this 4 Ingredient Creamy Dill Salad Dressing or this Tahini Yogurt Dressing to serve with the bowls.

If you like quinoa you should also try some of my delicious salads like this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Greek Quinoa Salad, Tomato Cucumber Feta Quinoa Salad, Avocado Kale Quinoa Salad or this Zucchini Chickpea Quinoa Salad. 

Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe with greens

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE QUINOA BOWLS?

QUINOA: For today’s bowl I added quinoa as the grain.

Quinoa is gluten-free making it a great alternative to some other grains if you are trying to find gluten-free foods. You can use any variety of quinoa and just cook it according to the package.

It is nice to make a big batch and keep it for other recipes or you can add it to soups like this Chicken Quinoa Soup or this Quinoa Vegetable Soup Recipe

VEGETABLES: I love loading my bowls with vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, zucchini, celery, carrots, artichokes and radishes. Whatever you have on hand will work great! 

GREENS: Green are a healthy addition to rice, quinoa or buddha bowl. I like to add arugula, spinach, kale or a mixture of greens. 

 

OLIVES: Olives are my favorite and I eat them a lot. Sometimes I make my own marinated olives with these Lemon Marinated Olives. Any olives will work in this recipe but I especially like kalamata olives. 

BEANS: Adding beans to quinoa bowls will boost the protein of the bowl. I like to add chickpeas but white beans, black beans or red beans would be great too. 

CHEESE: Feta cheese is my favorite cheese. I love adding it to salads like in this Greek Village Salad, Greek Quinoa Salad or this Greek Orzo Pasta Salad.  

DRESSING: I love creating a dressing or sauce using ingredients in my pantry. You can create a 4 Ingredient Creamy Dill Salad Dressing or a Tahini Yogurt Dressing using yogurt.

Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe with hummus

OTHER INGREDIENTS TO ADD 

GRAINS: You can use any grain you have on hand including brown rice, farro, bulgur or barley. 

VEGETABLES: Once again check your fridge and add any vegetables you have. You can add roasted vegetables like these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables to your bowl.

If you are doing raw I especially love carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and bell peppers. 

PROTEIN: Adding protein to your bowl is a great way to give yourself that extra energy.

You can do a protein like this Mediterranean Salmon, a Tandoori Grilled Chickenor a Easy Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce. If you are a vegetarian try tofu or adding beans like chickpeas or white beans. 

Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe on platter

If you are feeding more than one person make a big platter of the ingredients as you see above.

Then you can let your family make their own quinoa bowls by picking ingredients they like.

I suggest you have the following to build your bowl:

  • Grain
  • Vegetables
  • Protein {beans or meat}
  • A dressing, hummus or Greek yogurt
  • Any additional add-ons you want like olives, artichokes or cheese

Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe with bowl

IS QUINOA HEALTH FOR ME?

Quinoa is a healthy grain full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals like iron and magnesium.

It is full of protein and high in amino acids. It is gluten-free making it perfect for people with gluten intolerance.

Quinoa has more fiber than most other grains which makes it powerful for such a small grain. 

It also has a low glycemic index making it great for controlling blood sugar.

 

 

OTHER QUINOA RECIPES: 

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili

Tropical Kale Quinoa Salad

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe with hummus

Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Greek Quinoa Bowl Recipe is a healthy mix of your favorite Greek ingredients topped over gluten-free quinoa. You can mix things up but I like adding hummus, vegetables, greens, olives, feta cheese and artichokes to my quinoa bowl.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced 
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted, halved 
  • 1/3 cup roasted red peppers, chopped 
  • 1 medium english cucumber, diced 
  • 1/4 cup peperoncinis, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled 
  • 1 cup of artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 3-4 radishes, sliced
  • 5 green onions, white and green parts chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped {optional}
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Instructions

    1. Rinse the quinoa under water using your hands to make sure it all gets rinsed well.
    2. In a medium pot boil the 1 cup water. Add the quinoa and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil.
    3. When the water begins to boil, turn the heat to low and simmer with the cover on for about 10-15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and let cool.
    4. While the quinoa cools put the chickpeas, bell pepper, tomatoes, olives, roasted red peppers, cucumber, peperoncinis, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, radishes, green onions, parsley, mint and dill into small bowls or on a platter.
    5. Pour the quinoa in a bowl and set with the platter.
    6. Let your guests or family create their own bowl- first they will add the quinoa and then layer on the other ingredients.
    7. Serve with hummus, Greek yogurt or a dressing.
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