Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad, Gluten-free Print Recipe Print Recipe

 

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]

PRINT Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 water [or chicken broth]
  • salt
  • 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

Directions

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

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  • http://www.girlbythelake.com/ Girl by the Lake

    This looks amazing. I’m always looking for new ways to spice up the traditional greek salad, and this looks just perfect!

  • http://twitter.com/channelcontessa Clara Artschwager

    Deelish, Lisa! I’m a big believer in Greek-ifying all dishes when possible- always makes things a million times better.

  • http://twitter.com/alisonlewis Alison Lewis

    too good LIsa! This is up my alley!

  • http://twitter.com/JeanettesHealth Jeanette Chen

    I love Greek salad and this is so much better with quinoa!

  • http://twitter.com/MyFoodThoughts Brian Samuels

    Ok… can I just tell you that today, at a used bookstore, I learned what bragg was. How funny to see it on here now! And I’m so glad you liked this dish enough to have seconds. That’s a big deal!

  • http://twitter.com/gourmandeinthek Sylvie Shirazi

    I love those big, bold Greek flavors of olives, tomatoes and feta!

  • Anonymous

    When I visited Greece in college, this was exactly what I ate every. single. day. Well aside from the quinoa (which I wish I could have found). But these amazing flavors were the highlight of the trip. And I couldn’t think of a better accompaniment than quinoa – the perfect ingredients!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    I have been on such a quinoa kick lately, so this is going on my to-make list. It would be such a great, light lunch!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    I just love you.

  • Christine

    yum, I plan on making this for lunch! I love how your recipes open up to print in googledocs, by the way! 🙂

  • nestofposies

    looks absolutely amazing!

  • Anonymous

    Yum! I realize that I probably say that for all your recipes but quinoa (I just learned how to properly pronounce that like a month ago) is one of my faves, especially w/ feta and tomatoes!

  • Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife

    I feel healthier by just seeing this recipe! yum!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    This is my favorite way to eat quinoa!

  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    I love quinoa salads! And a greek quinoa salad? Perfect way to justify my feta obsession!

  • Lemonsforlulu.com

    Looks really delicious! I love when you come across a healthy recipe that is so loaded with flavor!

  • http://twitter.com/TidyMom Cheryl

    This looks fabulous Lisa!!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your recipe in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/family-freindly-dinner-recipe-roundup/

    Have a great holiday weekend!

  • reneeo

    I love the 2 garlic “clothes”! ha

  • Anonymous

    Oh goodness, I have pregnancy/baby brain written all over me and this blog 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Mmm. I am loving the greek flavors in this salad!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Little tiny baby laundry is the BEST!! I still have an infant sleeper hanging in our laundry room, one that both girls wore. I love the reminder. Beautiful salad!

  • Sally

    Ahhh this looks so yummyyy! also, I have those same measuring cups!! Anthropologie??

  • Kristie

    Can I use anything else instead of cherry tomatoes? If so, what? I am new to Gluten Free recipes and foods.

  • WithStyleGrace

    Do you like sundried tomatoes? you could use those instead or just leave the tomatoes out all together – the salad will still be delicious!

  • Erika

    On the allergy front, most people’s dairy allergies pertain to cow’s milk . Given the use of feta cheese, which is typically made from sgeep’s milk, even yhose who are lactose intolerant or have a more serious dairy allergy may be able to enjoy this recipe as is!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.tran13 Sara Tran

    I added artichokes! Yum!

  • Kelsey

    Made this salad and LOVE it! Any chance you have the nutrition information (looking for calories per serving)? Thanks!

  • WithStyleGrace

    I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, I don’t 🙁 I wouldn’t even know where to start… maybe there’s an app that you can put in the ingredients and it’ll calculate it for you?