Healthy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Healthy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a deliciously cool salad that’s perfect for the warm summer days ahead. Quinoa is combined with cucumbers, tomatoes and the best of Greek flavors, olives and feta cheese, then dressed with an olive oil dressing to give you a heart-healthy lunch, vegetarian dinner or an easy side dish.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | 2 Cookin Mamas Greek Quinoa Salad is a hearty and healthy salad that’s perfect for the warm summer days ahead. Quinoa is combined with cucumbers, tomatoes and the best of Greek flavors, olives and feta cheese, then dressed with an olive oil dressing to give you a heart-healthy lunch, vegetarian dinner or an easy side dish. #salad #quinoa #healthy #vegetarian #glutenfree #Greek #recipe #easyrecipe

I love quinoa! There I said it! It seems that since it exploded on the market in 2013 it has gone through ups and downs in popularity but there are some of us who love what this protein rich grain brings to the table, no matter what.

Greek Quinoa Salad ingredients | 2 Cookin Mamas

Quinoa is a healthy, protein-rich whole grain and is so versatile that it can be used as an ingredient in breakfast waffles, salads, main meals or substituted for rice in side dishes like our Spanish Quinoa. It is also naturally gluten-free. For those that are trying to eat a little healthier this whole grain delivers essential vitamins, minerals and fiber as opposed to pasta and rice which are simple carbohydrates and are quickly digested leaving little or no nutritional value.

Greek Quinoa Salad 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Besides being the perfect protein, quinoa is high in anti-inflammatory phytonutriens and heart-healthy fats too! It seems like a win-win to add this to your diet. So with spring here and summer fast approaching it seemed like the perfect time to share this refreshing and filling Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with you.

Greek Quinoa Salad closeup tall | 2 Cookin Mamas

This quinoa salad is so easy to pull together and quick too as it can be on the table in as little as 10 minutes with prior-cooked quinoa or about 30 minutes if starting from scratch. In fact, I’d venture to say, cooking the quinoa is the hardest part. But if you’re in the habit of prepping some of your meals on the weekend for the busy week ahead, you can cook up a batch of quinoa on Sunday and use it in a number of recipes throughout the week. Recipes like our Sriracha Shrimp and Chorizo, Quinoa Tabouli and, of course, this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

Greek Quinoa Salad pouring dressing square | 2 Cookin Mamas

After the quinoa is cooked, which can be done in either chicken broth or vegetable broth, you just toss it with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, olives and feta cheese. To top it, just mix olive oil and red wine vinegar with lemon, garlic and oregano and drizzle over the salad. It’s best to let the quinoa salad set for an hour or so to let the flavors meld together. Then just wait for the oohs & aahs to come rolling in.

Greek Quinoa Salad overhead | 2 Cookin Mamas

I like to pack mine up for weekday lunches and use the rest for a light dinner side dish. And, if you’re like me, I double the recipe so that I can keep eating healthy all week.

Enjoy!

5 from 3 votes
HEALTHY MEDITERRANEAN QUINOA SALAD
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Healthy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a hearty and healthy recipe that’s perfect for the warm summer days ahead. Quinoa is combined with cucumbers, tomatoes and the best of Greek flavors, olives and feta cheese, then dressed with an olive oil dressing to give you a heart-healthy lunch, vegetarian dinner or an easy side dish.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keywords: easy recipe, feta, healthy salad, olives, quinoa, salad, summer, tomatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Christina
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 8 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Garnish: fresh parsley, chopped
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
Directions
  1. Cook quinoa with chicken broth according to package.  Drain and transfer quinoa to medium bowl and fluff with fork.  Set aside and let cool.
  2. In small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together until emulsified.
  3. Add cucumber, tomato, onion, olives, and feta to cooled quinoa.
  4. Pour dressing over quinoa salad and stir.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Serve chilled with a garnish of parsley.

 

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | 2 Cookin Mamas Healthy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a deliciously cool salad, full of cucumbers, tomatoes, olives & feta that’s the perfect recipe for warm summer days. Dressed with an olive oil dressing, it makes a heart-healthy lunch, vegetarian dinner or an easy side dish. #salad #quinoa #healthy #vegetarian #glutenfree #Greek #recipe #easyrecipe #tomatoes #cucumbers #olives #feta #summer

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenn
    04/27/2018 at 9:49 am

    Quinoa is a staple in our house too. Love this Mediterranean version!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/28/2018 at 9:26 pm

      Yay! Another quinoa fan! Isn’t it just the greatest? And it’s really the perfect base for all these wonderful Mediterranean flavors.

  • Reply
    Leslie
    04/27/2018 at 10:21 am

    I love salad bowls like this in summer and spring, though never thought to use red wine and vinegar to top it all off. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/28/2018 at 9:25 pm

      Its a very light vinaigrette which gives the mixture moisture and a subtle flavor that brings all the ingredients together Hope you like it!

  • Reply
    Annie @ Annie's Noms
    04/27/2018 at 10:42 am

    I love Mediterranean inspired dishes and this is right up my alley! So many gorgeous flavours and love that there’s quinoa too, it’s such a wonderful, versatile ingredient!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/28/2018 at 9:24 pm

      Ah, a girl after my own heart! I love quinoa and use it as often as possible. And it’s great in this salad as it absorbs all the delicious Mediterranean flavors.

  • Reply
    Ruthy @ Percolate Kitchen
    04/27/2018 at 10:52 am

    This would be such a good make-ahead lunch!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/28/2018 at 9:22 pm

      I bring it for lunch all the time! And it’s perfect – filling but not too heavy so there’s no afternoon slump.

  • Reply
    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    04/27/2018 at 11:22 am

    This looks so refreshing, I would love to add some rotisserie chicken to it to make a light meal!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/28/2018 at 9:21 pm

      That sounds like a great idea! And it’s still healthy and quick too.

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