Quinoa is one of my favorite superfoods. It’s got protein, fiber, and loads of vitamins and minerals — plus it’s tasty. One of my favorite ways to celebrate quinoa is with this super simple salad.

A Note About this Recipe: If you’re like me and like a little extra citrus in your life, you can half (or sub completely) the vinegar for fresh squeezed lemon juice.

This recipe can serve up to 4 people, but can just as easily be a great lunch or dinner for two. I like to serve this salad alongside almost anything smoked on the BBQ, but my favorite accompaniment is definitely a beautifully grilled salmon. Bon appétit.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 main dishes or 4 side dishes

Easy to make and fun to eat, this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad can serve two as a main dish or 4 as a side dish.

Ingredients

    For the Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup white quinoa
  • 1 cup water
    For the Salad Mix
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onion, diced
  • 8 - 12 kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) feta cheese (plus more to taste or garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    For the Quinoa
  • Place the quinoa and the water in a small pot over high heat on the stovetop.
  • Bring water to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Remove the lid from the pot. Let quinoa stand for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and transfer to a clean bowl. Cover and place in fridge.
    For the Salad
  • Place the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and olives in a large bowl
  • When the quinoa is thoroughly cooled, add it to the vegetable bowl and mix together using a large fork.
  • Add the olives, cheese, and lemon zest.
  • Taste mixture and add vinegar and salt and pepper to desired taste.
  • Blend well and serve.
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