You’ll enjoy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, with traditional Greek flavors of kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, and a simple dressing!I
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!
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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.
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 and mix well using a fork, until fully combined. Set dressing aside until ready to top the salad.
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.
Time To EAT!
Once the salad has been mixed, it’s ready to serve! See how easy that was? And it REALLY tastes great!
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!
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. May God bless you and surround you with His love today and always!
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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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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!
Thanks for writing, Olga. I love your idea of using artichokes, feta and sun died tomatoes. YUM! Have a great day.