Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad

This recipe is an interesting twist on normal greek salad. Quinoa is a 'super grain' that's packed with vitamins and nutrients. It's easy to prepare and goes very well with the vegetables used here.
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Total: 40 min
  • Serves 6 to 8
Greek Quinoa Salad
  • Quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, rinse quinoa under cold water.
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Bring quinoa, water, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until quinoa is soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Allow quinoa to cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer quinoa to a large bowl.
  • Salad
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Cut grape tomatoes in half and season lightly with salt. Place in a colander over the sink to let excess water drain.
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Peel cucumber, cut into quarters lengthwise, thickly slice, and add to colander with tomatoes. Season with additional salt and toss to combine. Let rest.
  • ½ small red onion
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives, or to taste
  • Dice onion and place in a large bowl with quinoa. Add olives.
  • Gently press excess water from tomatoes and cucumbers and add to bowl.
  • 4 ounces (about ½ cup) feta cheese
  • Crumble feta cheese over vegetables.
  • Vinaigrette
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped OR 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or to taste
  • In a small mixing bowl or measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, and spices.
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Add the olive oil to the vinegar mixture in a slow, steady stream while whisking. Whisk vigorously to combine.
  • Add the vinaigrette to the salad and toss to combine. Taste and add additional salt or pepper as desired. Serve immediately.
From MakeBetterFood.com. . (http://makebetterfood.com/recipes/greek-quinoa-salad/). Adapted from TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com
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