QUINOA GREEK SALAD

This Quinoa Greek Salad has all of the flavours and textures of a traditional Greek salad, but with the addition of quinoa to make it more filling and for a protein boost. A delicious summer side dish, perfect for a BBQ or picnic and great for meal prep too.

A plate of Quinoa Greek Salad next to small dishes of olives and hummus

Quinoa adds lots of extra texture to a Greek salad, not to mention the addition of that nutty flavour that it has. It turns it in to a really hearty salad, that is still perfect for a warm summer day. We make a batch of it once a week, and then serve it alongside meals for an easy side

Why should you try it?

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • A delicious twist on a traditional Greek salad
  • Protein packed
  • Great for meal prep

How To Make Quinoa Greek Salad – Step by Step:

One: Add the quinoa to a pan with twice as much water and simmer for 15 minutes (or until it has absorbed the water. Take off the heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

A saucepan containing cooked quinoa

Two: Mix all of the dressing ingredients together.

A small dish containing an oil based dressing

Three: Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooked quinoa and mix in the dressing.

A mixing bowl conataining chopped sald, cooked quinoa and a salad dressing

What Is a Quinoa Greek Salad?

A traditional Greek salad is, cucumber, tomato, red onion, peppers, olives and of course feta, but we wanted to change it up a little bit by bulking it out with some quinoa. It makes it a much more filling meal and also adds an extra protein boost. You could use a grain like rice if you want, but we found that quinoa worked really well.

What Is Quinoa?

If you haven’t tried quinoa before, then you are missing out. Although most people think quinoa is a grain, it is actually a seed and it has a slightly nutty taste to it. You prepare it in a similar way to rice, and it can be used in pretty much the same way and makes a nice change.

A salad made of quinoa, cucumber, tomato, olives and feta cheese

How Do You Cook Quinoa?

Firstly you want to make sure that you have rinsed the quinoa. Then, use twice as much water as quinoa that is needed for the recipe. Cook it uncovered until the quinoa has absorbed all the water (this will vary depending on how much quinoa has been used, but about 15 minutes for this recipe), and then remove it from the heat, cover the pan and let it sit and steam for 5 minutes. This will give you perfect quinoa every time.

Salad Dressing

A dressing really makes or breaks a salad. We have kept this one simple with some really good quality olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and zest and dried oregano. But you can use your favourite herby salad dressing if you fancy a change.

What To Serve It With?

It’s a really filling dish just as it it, but if you want to bulk it out a little, then you could serve it with some grilled chicken or salad. Prawns work well too.

This is a really simple and delicious side to have at a BBQ, so anything that you would eat at a BBQ could be served alongside this.

A plate of Quinoa Greek Salad with a half lemon sat in front of it

How To Store Leftovers

We love making a big batch of this as part of our weekly meal prep, so of course we always have leftovers. We put it in an air tight container and it keeps fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days. Just make sure to give it a big stir before serving some up.

Extra Tips:

  • If you want to pack this out a bit, you can add some chunky roasted vegetables.
  • It is a filling meal by itself, but you can serve it with grilled chicken or salmon.
  • Add a kick of spice to it with a sprinkle of dried red chilli flakes before serving.
  • If you aren’t a fan of quinoa, you could swap it for rice or orzo.

Want to try some other Greek recipes? How about these:

Stuffed Lamb Pita

Grilled Halloumi Greek Flatbreads

Greek Pasta Salad

How To Make Tzatziki

Greek Lamb Traybake

Greek Turkey Burgers

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Quinoa Greek Salad on a blue patterned plate

Print Quinoa Greek Salad

This Quinoa Greek Salad is a great vegetarian lunch or a perfect healthy side dish. Containing all your favourite Greek flavours, its light and delicious!

Course Lunch

Cuisine British, Greek

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 2 people

Calories 301kcal

Author Dannii

Ingredients

  • 100 g Quinoa
  • 60 g feta cheese crumbled
  • 0.5 lemon (juice and zest only)
  • 10 pitted olives halved
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 0.5 red onion diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

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Instructions

  • Add the quinoa to a pan with twice as much water and simmer for 15 minutes (or until it has absorbed the water. Take off the heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Mix all of the dressing ingredients together.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooked quinoa and mix in the dressing.

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Notes

  • If you want to pack this out a bit, you can add some chunky roasted vegetables.
  • It is a filling meal by itself, but you can serve it with grilled chicken or salmon.
  • Add a kick of spice to it with a sprinkle of dried red chilli flakes before serving.
  • If you aren’t a fan of quinoa, you could swap it for rice or orzo.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 681mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1010IU | Vitamin C: 41.7mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 3.5mg

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