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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
SERVES 4
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Your perfect summer salad has finally arrived: introducing, my magical Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. This salad is my riff off of a traditional Greek Salad, but with one of my favorite ingredients... quinoa! This salad is the perfect addition to your summer cookouts, or can also be eaten on its own for a light, healthy dinner. And whatever you do, don't skimp on the tangy homemade dressing; it's so good, you'll want to drink it. Trust me. 

Ingredients

Quinoa salad:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Tricolored Quinoa
  • 2 3/4 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Large English Cucumber
  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1 Medium Red Onion
  • 1 Cup Kalamata Olives pitted, halved
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese crumbled

Dressing:

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Cloves Garlic mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt more as needed
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper more as needed

Instructions

  • Rinse quinoa well, and add it to a medium saucepan with the salt and water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and fluff with a fork.
  • Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and place in the fridge to cool.
  • Next, prep the dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients.
  • Next, chop the veggies - cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and olives.
  • Remove quinoa from the fridge. Add the veggies in, along with the dressing. Taste and adjust seasonings. Sprinkle feta on top, and enjoy!

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