Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad

Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad

Get all the flavours of a traditional Greek salad with the addition of a protein-packed gluten-free grain in this healthy Greek quinoa salad.

If you’ve been following this Blog for a while the you’ll know about my love affair with quinoa. One taste of this wholesome gluten-free grain was all it took to fall head over heels in love with it. Besides the fact that it is super nutritious, it’s also packed with protein, which makes it an ideal grain to consume for vegetarians who are lacking protein in their diets. The quinoa recipes I’ve prepared are countless, and it never ceases to amaze me how this grain continues to inspire new recipes, for example this quinoa-based rendition of traditional Greek salad. It has all the fixings of an authentic Greek salad; tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese, and so on, but with a heartier texture. Quinoa is the perfect grain to use as a blank canvas is so many recipes as it easily absorbs all the flavours it’s combined with. This refreshing and healthy Greek quinoa salad tastes delicious served cooled or at room temperature, and the best part is it tastes even better the longer it sits. What does that mean? Healthy, ready-to-serve lunches or dinners for days, to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home, packed up in school lunches or a healthy lunch option at work.

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Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad

2017-09-25
: Serves 2-4
: 5 min
: 10 min

Get all the flavours of a traditional Greek salad with the addition of a protein-packed gluten-free grain in this healthy Greek quinoa salad. If you’ve been following this Blog for a while the you’ll know about my love affair with quinoa. One taste of this wholesome gluten-free grain was all it took to fall head …

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Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad
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Ingredients
    2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 large cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
Directions

Prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside to cool. In the meantime, chop the tomatoes, cucumber, and onion. Once the quinoa is cooled combine all of the ingredients in a large serving bowl and stir to combine and coat the quinoa with all the ingredients. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust quantity of olive oil and balsamic, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Consume within 3 days of preparation.

19 thoughts on “Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad”

  • This is a truly finger-licking salad recipe. You combined some awesome and nutrient-dense ingredients! Can I use regular instead of cherry tomatoes, Lisa?

    • Thank you Agness! Of course you can use cherry tomatoes! In fact, you could personalize it and add any of your favourite ingredients, like peppers, avocado, tzatziki, capers, etc.

  • I’ve just recently started going on a healthier diet and quinoa is one of those things that I seek. This is a great combination so thank you for sharing! Will definitely try this one for my next meal.

  • anytots2017 3 months ago

    I’ve only tried quinoa once and didn’t like it but I’ve been hearing how good it is. Maybe I’ll give it another try. I happen to love Greek salad so maybe I’ll try your recipe. Sounds yummy right about now!

  • I actually really like the texture of quinoa. It’s like rice but healthier. I’m so glad to have found this because I have never put anything together with it because I’m not brave enough! This looks really healthy though so I’ll definitely have to give it a go!

  • This is probably my favorite way to enjoy Quinoa. I love putting it in salads. I have never had this greek option however. Going to give it a try this week for lunch. YUM!!!

  • nadaliebardo 3 months ago

    What a coincidence, I held off making a quinoa salad bowl for dinner last night and planned on making it today for lunch. I was only going to use quinoa, cherry tomatoes, beans, and corn but I am such a fan of Greek food you definitely sparked my attention with this recipe.

  • We are about all things Greek. Especially the food. We often have Greek salads but I love the idea of adding this healthy grain quinoa. I just love the flavors of feta, cucumber and tomatoes together the quinoa is a nice added touch.

  • I have finally taking a leap of faith, and tried quinoa. I was so surprised that I actually liked it! I am, however, very skeptical about Greek yogurt lol. I will give a try though, as your recipe sounds interesting and healthy!

  • Wow, you’ve paired two thing I love! Quinoa and Greek salad! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Shelley 3 months ago

    I have been eating quinoa for quite a while. I have a beef allergy and often test low on protein. I am excited to look through your recipes. I am always looking for new ways to prepare quinoa.

  • I have tried rice cauliflower but not quinoa. I guess I need to jump in and see what it is all about because everyone raves about it. I really do need a good rice replacement, but riced cauliflower can get a bit boring. Your recipe looks wonderful.

  • I’ve been on a quinoa diet (replacing rice) for quite a while now and I didn’t know what else to pair with it. It tastes bland on its own, and this salad looks more flavorful. I would love to try it with crumbled feta and goat cheese.

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