Quinoa Salad with Peas, Mint and Feta

by Kristine on June 3, 2015

in Gluten Free, Recipes, Sides & Salads

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Summer is all about freshness, and that’s exactly what this quinoa salad with peas, mint and feta is. Its perfect for a light lunch or side salad. If you have fresh peas in your garden, they would go wonderfully, but because mine aren’t ready yet, I opted for frozen thawed peas.

The multi-color quinoa gives it a little different look, but it tastes exactly the same as regular quinoa, so use whatever type is available to you.

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As mentioned in another quinoa recipe, I’ve started using my cheap $20 rice cooker to make quinoa as its no fuss! I just put in the water and dry quinoa, press down the button, and when its done it flips to warm all by itself and I don’t have to worry about burnt quinoa! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burnt it on the stove as I forgot to set my timer. This way, it comes out perfect every time.

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The combination of the quinoa, with the sweetness of the peas and the saltiness of the feta cheese is so delicious! The sweet dressing is also the perfect balance and the fresh mint makes it just right. This salad would also be great for any sort of pot luck you have this summer. My only tip is to mix in the fresh mint right before serving so it doesn’t go brown on ya!

I’d love to hear what your favorite summer salad are…leave a comment below! If you’re looking for some other quinoa recipes, I’ve listed a few of my other recipes below.

Some other yummy salad recipes using quinoa:

Greek Quinoa Salad
Rainbow Quinoa Salad
Easy Chicken & Orange Quinoa Salad
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa

 

Quinoa Salad with Peas, Mint and Feta
 
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Recipe type: Side
Yield: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup thawed frozen peas
  • ⅓ cup (60 grams) feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup fresh mint, chopped
For the Dressing
  • 1 Tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 packets stevia (I used NuNaturals white stevia packets)
  • Pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. I use my rice cooker.
  2. Once quinoa has cooled, assemble the salad. In a large bowl add quinoa, peas and feta cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together all the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
  4. Add chopped mint last, and toss. If not serving right away, add the chopped mint right before serving as it will brown.
Nutrition
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 131 Fat: 4.5 g Saturated fat: 1.1 g Carbs: 17.8 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 161 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 5.2 g Cholesterol: 5 mg

 

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • http://beyondtheclothing.com/ Katie @ Beyond the Clothing

    I love quinoa in the rice cooker, it’s so simple! This sounds fantastic, I just planted mint and I’m so looking forward to a ton of great new recipes. That first picture is stunning! Thanks for sharing this one.

    xoxo
    Katie
    http://beyondtheclothing.com

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks! Nice you planted some mint! Enjoy your fresh herbs!

  • http://therefreshanista.com The Refreshanista

    Did someone say feta?! 😉 this recipe looks so yummy, I’ll definitely have to try it!

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