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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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Fresh and flavorful Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed made with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, lemon and Feta cheese.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed with fresh and tasty Mediterranean flavors. Made with cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and Feta cheese.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This healthy Mediterranean quinoa salad with feta makes for a simple lunch or dinner. It’s also great for meal prep or served as a side dish with chicken or fish. Bring this to a backyard party or BBQ if you need a healthy side dish to take along. You can totally adapt this to your taste, leave out what you don’t like, add more of what you do like. For a different spin on quinoa salad you can also try this Avocado Quinoa Salad!

Fresh and flavorful Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I had dinner at my friend Julia’s house last week, and she made a similar salad as a side dish which she served with fish. I thought it would be great to add tomatoes and feta and loved how it turned out. I posted a picture of it on Instagram the other day and got so many requests, most of you mentioning the feta was a must!

How To Make Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed with fresh and tasty Mediterranean flavors. Made with cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and Feta cheese.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed with fresh and tasty Mediterranean flavors. Made with cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and Feta cheese.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed with fresh and tasty Mediterranean flavors. Made with cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and Feta cheese.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed with fresh and tasty Mediterranean flavors. Made with cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and Feta cheese.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

4.96 from 23 votes
5
Cals:145.5
Protein:4.5
Carbs:15.5
Fat:8
Fresh and flavorful Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed made with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, lemon and Feta cheese.
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein packed with fresh and tasty Mediterranean flavors. Made with cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and Feta cheese.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 generous cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup about 10 kalamata olives pitted and sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cucumber peeled and diced (from 1 English)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse quinoa for about 2 minutes, using your hands to make sure all the saponins are removed.
  • Fill a medium pot with water, add quinoa and salt to taste and bring to a boil. When the water boils, reduce heat to low and cover; simmer covered 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and keep covered an additional 5 minutes without lifting the lid; then fluff with a fork and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool.
  • While the quinoa cools, dice all the vegetables.
  • Add the red onion, olives, cucumber, tomatoes to the cooled quinoa, and squeeze 1/2 lemon over it.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the quinoa, then add feta, salt and pepper to taste and toss well.
  • Taste for salt and adjust as needed, add more lemon juice if needed.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 generous cup, Calories: 145.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 15.5 g, Protein: 4.5 g, Fat: 8 g, Cholesterol: 7.5 mg, Sodium: 137 mg, Fiber: 2.5 g

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146 comments on “Mediterranean Quinoa Salad”

  1. I’ve made this recipe a few times and it is one of my favorite dishes, if not #1! Today I added chopped roasted red peppers and they added a nice flavor. I think I could eat this every day. Thanks for anther great & easy recipe with common, easy to find ingredients 😊

  2. Tried this tonight but subbed zucchini for cucumber (not a fan of cucumber) and added a small amount of chicken. One of the best meals I’ve ever made! And so easy and colorful! Definitely a keeper!

  3. It tastes really good. Just don’t make the same mistake as me thinking normal onions will do the job just as well ;-;. I’d recommend putting in more Kalmata olives as well :).

  4. I love this salad! But I can’t actually say that… I ended up substituting 4 cups of cauliflower for the quinoa, because I forgot to buy it at the store. I also put 2 cups of cucumber in, Instead of using half of a cucumber.  Even with those substitutions, there was plenty of flavor, and lots of crunch! It’s lower calorie, and delicious!  (keto version). Thank you for posting this!

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    Marsha Millikin

    I add feta and chickpeas to mine along with fresh flat leaf parsley from my garden. Great for meal prep.

  6. I make this quite often and Love it!  How is it for making in advance?  Not the day before but early afternoon?  I want to make it before a round of golf.  Thanks in advance! 

  7. Whenever I make your Naked Greek Feta Zucchini Turkey Burgers (so good), I double the salad and usually serve with quinoa on the side. I love the leftover salad with quinoa for lunch the next day, This is perfect!