You’ll enjoy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, with traditional Greek flavors of kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, and a simple dressing!You'll enjoy this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, with traditional Greek flavors of kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, and a simple dressing!

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!

If you enjoy quinoa, I’m confident you’ll like this delicious salad! By the way, if you’re interested in using quinoa for breakfast, be sure to check out my recipe for Apricot Almond Breakfast Quinoa! Anyways, here’s how to make this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

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Cook The Quinoa

To make this delicious dish, you will first need to cook the quinoa (according to package instructions) in lightly salted boiling water until done.

Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork once done. Set it aside until it has cooled down to room temperature.

Cooked quinoa in metal saucepan

Make The Salad Dressing

While the quinoa is cooking, make the simple salad dressing for the Mediterranean quinoa salad. Add the ingredients (olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper) to a small bowl.

Mix these ingredients well using a fork, until fully combined. Set dressing aside until ready to top the salad.

Salad dressing for quinoa in small metal bowl

Assemble The Mediterranean Quinoa 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 the Mediterranean quinoa salad together so the dressing coats everything well.

Quinoa, feta, olives, corn, etc. in salad bowl

Pouring salad dressing over veggies in salad bowl

Time To EAT!

Once the salad has been mixed, it’s ready to serve! See how easy that was? And it REALLY tastes great!

Mixing salad ingredients with a fork in a white bowl

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a fantastic side dish for a variety of meals. We enjoyed 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!

Spoonful of salad over bowl

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! Don’t forget to check out ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

Take care, and may God bless you and surround you with His love today and always!

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

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!

Category: Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Mediterranean quinoa salad
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 295 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For Salad:
  • 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
For Salad Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil , extra virgin
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper , to taste
  1. Cook quinoa in lightly salted water according to package instructions (approx 12-15 minutes).  When done, drain, then set aside to let quinoa cool.

  2. Mix salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until fully blended.

  3. 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!

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 1507mg66%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 17.5mg21%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

  1. You’ve mixed southwest with Mediterranean here. ☺️There’s really no corn and cilantro in Mediterranean dishes if your going for a Greek, Turkish or Israeli flare. There’s not usually cilantro (or corn) in our dishes. Think more like parsley and oregano. Artichokes. Otherwise it looks delish and I can’t wait to try it this week! Thanks for the great recipes! I’m thinking maybe also this same recipe with artichokes, feta and sun dried tomatoes! ☺️ I’m so hungry now!

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