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Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Greek Quinoa Salad is an amazing salad made with fresh vegetables, olives, fresh herbs, and topped with some Feta cheese in a tangy lemon vinaigrette. So light and refreshing, everyone will not only enjoy this salad but they may even come back for seconds.

Every time our friend Christine has us over for lunch, she always makes this wonderful Mediterranean-style quinoa salad as one of her many staple dishes. We love it so much, we wanted to post it and share it with you.

The total prep and cooking time for this salad is about 15 minutes, and it is best served chilled. 

 

 

For this recipe…

  • We recommend you making this quinoa salad early morning or one day ahead so it will allow all the flavors to infuse into the quinoa grain.  

  • Then for the final touch, the Feta cheese is added before you are about to serve it, keeping it fresh tasting and not soggy.

 

Greek Quinoa Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a high-protein, healthy grain you can easily cook up in minutes and enjoy as the main or as a side dish. 

We feel quinoa is sometimes under-rated, and not many people are aware of all the health benefits it provides.  

It contains more high-quality protein than any other grain, providing essential amino acids, plus it’s easy to digest.  It’s even wheat-free and gluten-free!

A great way to substitute for either rice or pasta and you can create endless dishes using quinoa.  

Quinoa can also be incorporated into stuffed vegetables and added to soups.  There are many reasons to incorporate this healthy high protein grain into your diet.  

We hope you’ll try this recipe and enjoy this salad as much as we do!

 

 

Ingredients Needed for Greek Quinoa Salad:

  • 2 cups quinoa – pre-washed

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 whole lemons juiced

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium tomato- chopped tiny

  • 1 carrot- minced

  • 1 cucumber- chopped tiny

  • 1 small can pitted black olives- rinsed, chopped

  • 6 calamata Greek olives -pitted, chopped

  • 1 cup red onion- minced

  • 7 fresh leaves of basil – chopped

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley -chopped

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

  • 4 ounces Feta cheese- crumbled

 

How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad:

1.  In a 3 or 4-quart saucepot, bring 4 cups of water to a full boil.  Add the quinoa, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes until all water has been absorbed.  You will see little rings in the grain when fully cooked.

2.  Remove and transfer into a large bowl and allow to cool. In the meantime, mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cumin in a measuring cup or mixing bowl.

3.  When quinoa is cooled completely, pour the lemon dressing into quinoa.  Add all chopped vegetables. Mix well.

4.  Taste for salt and adjust if needed.  Chill for a few hours or overnight.  When ready to serve, toss in Feta cheese and reserve 2 tablespoons to garnish on top.

Serves 8 to 12

 
Greek Quinoa Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

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Yield: 8 to 12 servings

Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad is an amazing salad made with fresh vegetables, olives, fresh herbs, and topped with some Feta cheese in a tangy lemon vinaigrette. So light and refreshing, everyone will not only enjoy this salad but they may even come back for seconds.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa - pre-washed
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 whole lemons juiced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium tomato- chopped tiny
  • 1 carrot- minced
  • 1 cucumber- chopped tiny
  • 1 small can pitted black olives- rinsed, chopped
  • 6 calamata Greek olives -pitted, chopped
  • 1 cup red onion- minced
  • 7 fresh leaves of basil - chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley -chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 ounces Feta cheese- crumbled

Instructions

  1. In a 3 ro 4-quart saucepot, bring 4 cups of water to a full boil. Add quinoa, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes until all water has been absorbed. You will see little rings in the grain when fully cooked.
  2. Remove and transfer into a large bowl and allow to cool. In the meantime, mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cumin in a measuring cup or mixing bowl.
  3. When quinoa is cooled completely, pour the lemon dressing into quinoa. Add all chopped vegetables. Mix well.
  4. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Chill for a few hours or overnight. When ready to serve, toss in Feta cheese and reserve 2 tablespoons to garnish on top.
  5. Serves 8 to 12

 

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Happy and Healthy Cooking!  🙂

xo Anna and Liz

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Debbie
    October 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    We just started eating quinoa, and love it! Thanks for sharing this recipe

  • Reply
    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    October 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Absolutely agree about Quinoa. People just don't realize the health benefits of this ancient grain. I made a salad similar to this once and loved it. This looks perfect!

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