Things are starting to change around here and it’s getting kinda crazy!
One. I’m eating quinoa again and
Two. I got really excited about doing laundry. FIRST load of baby clothes, blankets, and bedding are COMPLETE!
Watch out, who know’s what next.
Remember when I told you I attending a wedding shower and had this watermelon salad? Well they also served this greek quinoa salad and liked it so much, I had seconds. That’s a big deal for me, right now at least.
For the most part, I’ve just been eating a warm bowl of quinoa with bragg, salt + pepper and sometimes some diced chicken breasts. Plain and simple, but comforting.
This salad is light, but flavorful. I love the flavors of greek dishes, so fresh!
It’s amazing. Simple, whole ingredients, can sure makes one tasty meal.
This is a great salad to make in big batches, that way you’re set for the week. For protein, you can add in chicken, tuna or maybe some white or garbanzo beans.
If your hosting a shower or a casual evening in, this is a great option to serve guests. Since many people are sensitive to dairy, I’d recommend leaving the cheese on the side, that way most everyone can enjoy this salad.
Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad, Gluten-free
[Adapted from Shape Magazine]
- 1 1/2 cup quinoa
- 2 water [or chicken broth]
- 1 heaping cup cucumber, quartered
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 heaping cup Kalamata olives, sliced
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar [or red wine vinegar]
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt + pepper
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water [or chicken broth] and quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, 16-18 minutes. When all the water is absorbed, remove and fluff with a fork.
In a large bowl, combine cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onions, and green onions.
Dressing: whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic and salt + pepper.
Drizzle a little bit of the dressing over quinoa/vegetable mixture, a little at a time.
Note: before adding in the cheese, be sure to ask if any of your guests have allergies or sensitivities to dairy.
Season with salt + pepper, top with cheese, serve and enjoy!
*gluten-free *dairy-free, if omit feta
August 29 2012