Mediterranean quinoa salad is a delightful combination of quinoa, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, chick peas, feta cheese, and spices.  Serve chilled for a light lunch or dinner.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad: a delightful combination of quinoa, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, chick peas, feta cheese, and spices. | www.savortheflavour.com
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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean quinoa salad is a delightful way to get your children to eat more quinoa.  👍 This salad features fresh cucumber, minced red onion, sliced black olives, diced tomatoes, and chick peas.  A small glug of olive oil will help keep the salad moist.  Season it with freshly squeezed lemon juice, fresh chopped cilantro, and oregano.   Top this salad with a generous sprinkling of feta cheese and cilantro.  It tastes best cold, so plan to make it ahead of time.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad: a delightful combination of quinoa, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, chick peas, feta cheese, and spices. | www.savortheflavour.com

Make this super easy salad anytime of the year.  It makes a wonderful side dish or double it up and have it as a light main course for lunch.  Serve it with a slice of our freshly baked hearty multigrain bread.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad: a delightful combination of quinoa, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, chick peas, feta cheese, and spices. | www.savortheflavour.com

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad: a delightful combination of quinoa, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, chick peas, feta cheese, and spices. | www.savortheflavour.com

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

Mediterranean quinoa salad is a delightful combination of quinoa, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, chick peas, feta cheese, and spices.  Serve chilled for a light lunch or dinner.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/8 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2/3 cup black olives, sliced and drained
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon, seeds removed
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa well before cooking to help remove the bitter coating.
  2. Bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil, then pour the quinoa.  Return to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.  Drain and place in a medium bowl.
  3. Peel the cucumber and remove the seeds, then dice it.  Mince the red onion.
  4. Add the cucumber, onion, tomatoes, black olives, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and cilantro to the quinoa.  Mix well to combine.
  5. If time allows, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Just before serving, crumble up some feta cheese and stir it into the salad.

Notes

  • This salad tastes really good served cold.
  • You can make the quinoa ahead of time to speed up the prep time.

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