Greek Quinoa Salad

Sunday, April 14, 2013



Happy Sunday Everyone! What a gorgeous sunny day today.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine has been pretty low-key, just some shopping for clothing and toiletries for my trip.  I ended up trying the body pump class and LOVED IT.  My legs were a sore mess the next day but it felt great.  I only started off with low weights but I will try to up it a bit next time, such a great class. I am going to stop doing as much cardio now and definitely do more weights, I need to start toning big time!

Lately I have been finding it hard to make dinner every night and so I’m starting to make big batches of soups or salads on Sundays and then packing it for lunch/dinner throughout the week.  I made this lovely greek quinoa salad that is healthy and refreshing and actually tastes better after a few days when all the flavours meld together.  Obviously you can add feta to this salad but I am not overly fond of feta so I opted out.  The key to this salad is all the crunch, salads with just leaves tend to bore me but when every bite had lots of crunch to it I find that its more filling and satisfying.  I added radishes for that crunch factor and its now becoming one of my fave quinoa salad recipes!

Greek Quinoa Salad
Ingredients
3-4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked
1 cup chopped cucumber
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced radishes
1/2 cup sliced klamatta olives
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 cup feta, optional
Greek Salad Dressing
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (you may use any flavor you prefer)
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice from one lemon
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a medium-large saucepan, cook the quinoa in vegetable broth or water for 15-20 minutes, until tender, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil.
toss the quinoa together with the remaining ingredients, except feta. Pour the olive oil mixture over the quinoa.

Add more salt and pepper to taste and gently stir in the feta cheese if using.





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23 comments

  1. I love Quinoa Salad and your Greek version is lovely. :) So refreshing and delicious. I agree, I usually make a bit batch of a dish so I can simply re-heat for dinner or pack up lunch easily for a day or two during the week.

    How great that you started with toning your body with weight lifting. I'm really suck at that. Oh well, I guess I'm just not food in exercising all together. :P

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  2. this looks like a great way to switch up my usual quinoa meals! glad you loved the body pump class, you gonna be lifting hulk weights in no time lol

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  3. This looks delicious! I totally agree about salads with just leaves... booooring. All those crunchy veggies + quinoa look like a great way to spice it up!

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  4. It's crazy but I've only recently embraced the idea of leftovers and making extra - I don't know what I was thinking (I wasn't) because it's the best thing and makes the next day's lunch and dinner so much easier. Quinoa is definitely a great thing to have around in the fridge. I love it and your salad is just the thing we can eat and feel good about after!

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  5. I am trying to prep more during the weekend too so I won't have to cook too much during the week. This salad looks great!

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  6. Looks delicious and a great side to bulk up a meal!

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  7. That looks so delicious. I'm a bit embarassed to say i've never tried quinoa before!

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  8. I'm very impressed with your Body Pump love! I also like making big batches of dishes up on the weekend, it makes such a difference during the week (although mine are generally just for lunches, so I still have to come up with dinners!).

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  9. Looks delicious.. love greek salad, and adding any salad to quinoa is genius.

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  10. We love quinoa! Just got some red variety...your salad looks beautiful.

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  11. Yum! I love greek salads. I could totally see this wrapped with some hummus in a pita!

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  12. I am obsessed with quinoa! It is so versatile, delicious, and healthy. This looks incredible!

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  13. This looks so delicious, colorful and wholesome - I love it!

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  14. Such a light and healthy recipe- love it! The dressing sounds amazing too

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  15. So fresh and delicious--perfect for springtime!

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  16. Now, that looks like a perfect salad for spring. So much crunch and color. Perfection in a bowl.

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  17. I've pulled out my quinoa from the back of my cabinet. This sounds THAT delicious!

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  18. Healthy, flavorful, and so delicious!

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  19. I really love feta and I have been on a quinoa quick lately, this looks like winner recipe I have to make.

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  20. So simple and delicious Natalie. Quinoa is open to many variations, it deserves the attention it gets. Love the addition of radishes! I tend to make large batches of food too, it´s very convenient.

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  21. This sounds so satisfying. I am ready to be satisfied. with this salad!

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  22. Mmm...I love quinoa! I have seen it so often but have never actually tried it in a salad. Definitely will have to soon!

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  23. I love body pump classes, they're so fun right?? I love the look of this delicious healthy salad. I often make similar things for weekday lunches - quinoa goes so well with lots of veggies and salad dressings :D

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