If you enjoy quinoa (nature’s little superfood), chances are you will really enjoy this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, which is bursting with the traditional Greek flavors of kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, with a simple seasoned dressing. It tastes WONDERFUL!
I’ve been enjoying cooking with quinoa recently. Did you know that quinoa is believed to have originated in the northwest part of South America? Cooked quinoa provides healthy nutrients similar to what is typically found in rice and wheat, contains proteins and fiber, and is gluten-free. It is commonly referred to as a superfood, and is so easy to prepare!
To make this delicious dish, you will first need to cook the quinoa (according to package instructions) in lightly salted boiling water until done and fluffy! Set it aside until it has cooled down to room temperature.
While the quinoa is cooking, make the salad dressing. Add the ingredients (olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper) to a small bowl and mix well using a fork, until fully combined. Set dressing aside until ready to top the salad.
Place all the salad ingredients into a large mixing or serving bowl. Isn’t it colorful? The salad has quinoa, roasted red peppers, corn, cilantro, red onion, feta cheese and kalamata olives.
Give the salad dressing a quick stir and pour over the salad ingredients. Gently mix it all together so the dressing coats everything well.
Once the salad has been mixed, it’s ready to serve! See how easy that was? And it REALLY tastes great!
This is a fantastic side dish for a variety of meals… I served it with pan-seared creole salmon, and a small spinach salad, and it tasted wonderful! This would also be a tasty light lunch, as well, and just for the record, the leftovers were just as good the next day!
If you enjoy quinoa, you might also enjoy my recipes for Southwest Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (meatless), or a delicious Shrimp, Quinoa & Veggie Bowl.
Hope you will consider trying this recipe, and as always, I hope you will enjoy it! May God bless you and surround you with His love today and always!
Recipe Source: https://cooktoria.com/recipe/mediterranean-quinoa-salad/
This simple Quinoa Salad is filled with Mediterranean flavors! Easy to prepare, this is a fantastic tasting salad or side dish to serve for lunch or dinner!
- 1/2 cup quinoa , uncooked
- 1 cup kalamata olives , pitted, sliced
- 1 cup corn kernels , fresh or canned
- 1 cup roasted red peppers , sliced
- 2/3 cup feta cheese , fat free
- 1/2 cup red onion , diced
- 1/2 cup cilantro , chopped
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil , extra virgin
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper , to taste
Cook quinoa in lightly salted water according to package instructions (approx 12-15 minutes). When done, drain, then set aside to let quinoa cool.
Mix salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until fully blended.
Place all salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour salad dressing over the top. Mix all ingredients gently until dressing has been incorporated into salad. Serve, and enjoy!
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