January 9, 2015

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy protein packed quinoa salad loaded with cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and delicious juicy tomatoes! It’s all ready in under 30 minutes.

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy protein packed quinoa salad loaded with cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and delicious juicy tomatoes! It's all ready in under 30 minutesIt’s no mistake that I’m in love with quinoa. The very nature of it is that it’s very filling, insanely tasty and goes with just about anything. That’s no different for this salad; I think this may be one of my most favourite quinoa dishes to date because I also really really love Mediterranean food – whether it’s Greek ingredients in this dish, or Lebanese food or delicious French food, I’m completely open to trying it once it’s Mediterranean food. How about we get right into it?

 This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy protein packed quinoa salad loaded with cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and delicious juicy tomatoes! It's all ready in under 30 minutes-3I have to be honest here. This salad came about from my love of all things feta cheese. Yes I know, we’re talking about nutritional and all, but feta cheese is kind of AMAZING. I’m a cheese lover, and out of all the amazing cheeses that I have tasted, feta cheese is still in the top 5 due to it’s tartness, crumbly-ability (is that a real word?) and just it’s amazing flavour. From that obsession I wanted to add it to quinoa in a new way to me, and thought that a Mediterranean inspired salad would be the best way to do this.

I’m not even a fan of cucumbers, but they taste pretty darn good in this salad. The salad itself gives you a burst of flavours in your mouth – sweet, tarty, salt – and textures that after just two bites you will know that you’ve just made the best food decision of your day. It was a family favorite over here so you know I’ll be making this over and over again.

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy protein packed quinoa salad loaded with cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and delicious juicy tomatoes! It's all ready in under 30 minutes-2

One of the best things about this salad is that it’s still healthy and packed with protein. Thanks to the feta and quinoa, you’re getting a dish that is bound to keep you full (still wish I had more in my fridge right now!) while adding even more nutritional benefits – healthy fats from the olive oil and a range of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, detoxifying and beta-carotene from the other ingredients including in the salad. It’s also gluten free which I love. It makes a quick and easy lunch and an even better dinner (after a long day of course). This one is going in my top favs!

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy protein packed quinoa salad loaded with cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and delicious juicy tomatoes! It's all ready in under 30 minutes-4

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 4-5     adjust servings

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy protein packed quinoa salad loaded with cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and delicious juicy tomatoes! It's all ready in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup olives
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lime

Instructions

  1. Toss all the ingredients together except the lime. I prefer to serve my salad warm, right after the quinoa has been cooked, but you could easily serve it cold.
  2. To reheat, place in the microwave for about 1 minute or until as warm as you like.
  3. Squeeze the lime over the salad.

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Recipe Notes

This is an easily customised salad - feel free to add more of the ingredients or less if you so desire.

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20 comments

  1. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says:

    I am half Greek so I am ALL about the feta too! LOVE! OBSESSED! I have had a whole lots recipes with feta lately! This looks great and I love that you used quinoa! So much yum!

  2. I’m a fan of quinoa too and this salad! Fabulous flavor profile, Jessica, especially with the feta and olives. Love a salty dish and I certain the cucumber and tomato balance it well. Love it and thank you!!

  3. I absolutely love quinoa and all the flavors that you’ve mixed together in this!

  4. Monica says:

    I love how quinoa fills you but doesn’t weigh you down. This is a great way to eat and enjoy it!

  5. This looks like the perfect healthy salad! I am loving all the beautiful colors!

  6. Ashley says:

    Yum yum yum!! I love all that feta! And the quinoa too 🙂 haha Hope you had a great weekend!

  7. We have started eating a lot more quinoa recently. Of course I love that this has feta in it. Everything is better with feta!

  8. I love anything with these kinds of flavors! I am a big fan of olives and feta! And I love how quickly this comes together!

  9. so simple and so yum! Love the salad Jessica! 🙂 Pinned!

  10. Tammy says:

    Jessica, I love this kind of food. This dish looks so vibrant and delicious. Oh I’m craving this now! Yum! ;D

  11. Oh yes, Jessica, obviously we can totally be friends because I’m a feta lover too!! I love what you’ve done here with the quinoa and all those yummy Mediterranean flavours. This would be a great salad for dinner with a piece of grilled meat or fish and then the next day for lunch. Love it!

    • Jessica says:

      Haha! Thanks so much Helen – by feta alone I see us being friends too!

  12. on a super strong quinoa kick these days, so this is right up my alley! looks awesome Jessica 🙂

  13. I am in love with quinoa too so I get you.

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