Greek Quinoa Salad

January 10, 2012

in Gluten Free, Recipes, Sides & Salads, Vegetarian

This recipe kind of happened by accident!  One night my husband mentioned that he had a pot-luck at work the next day that he completely forgot about.  So I searched the cupboards and fridge trying to find something for him to bring.

For a throw together, it turned out amazing, and some people at his work wanted the recipe!  When I originally made it, it was with Orzo as I didn’t have Quinoa on hand.  So when I made it a second time with quinoa, we liked it better, and quinoa has much more protein.

This is a great make-ahead dish to have in the fridge to have for lunch and take to work/school etc.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Makes 10 servings

1.5 cups raw quinoa, rinsed well and drained
185 grams lower fat feta
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato (not packed in oil), reconstituted in a small bowl of boiling water, then chopped
1/2 whole english cucumber, seeded & chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 Tbsp olive oil
4-5 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Sea salt & pepper to taste

Note: You could also add olives (I didn’t because I wanted the sodium on the lower side), or other types of peppers.  I wouldn’t add tomato as it will get mushy and won’t last in the fridge.  I would also not recommend fresh herbs, as they will wilt after a couple hours.

In a medium pot add quinoa and water (its a 2:1 ratio, so 3 cups of water should be sufficient.)  Bring to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer for 15-20 minutes until done.  Meanwhile chop up the veggies and add them all to a bowl.  Add in all the other ingredients.  Lastly, add the hot quinoa and toss. Tastes the best when it has a bit of time to settle in the fridge.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving)  Calories: 198   Fat: 6.3 g   Carbs: 28 g   Fiber: 4 g   Sugars: 3 g   Sodium: 302 mg   Protein: 8.5 g

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  • Jackie Odom Smith

    artichokes would be great in this too, and I would add the tomatoes right before I ate it…my favorite way to eat quinoa is in a salad

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Great call on the artichokes! I will try that next time!

  • Donnabower

    I have just made this its still too warm to petit in the fridge.. There is loads so can you tell me how long it lasts for if i keep it in the fridge ? please 🙂

    • Kristine Fretwell

      It should be good for at least 5 days.

  • 2moejo3

    This is one of my favorites, I also add cilantro and some green onion finely chopped

  • Anna @ the Guiltless Life

    Ooh I love quinoa salads and I love Greek salads so this sounds like a match made in heaven!

  • Angela

    Sounds great! I love recipes that come together by accident – some of my best ones were created that way! And very good to know that you can reconstitute sundried tomatoes in water – I have been wanting to add them to some of my dishes a lot lately, but thought that if I wanted them to not be all dry and chewy that I’d have to buy the oil packed ones. Thanks for the tip!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      No problem! Yes, the reconstituting makes a huge difference, and it doesn’t water down the flavor at all!

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