With warm weather around the corner and grilling season coming soon, I’m starting to think about some of my favorite summer foods.
One of my favorite summer side dishes is this full-flavored Quinoa Salad with Greek Flavors.
I really enjoy cooking with and eating quinoa. It has a hearty bite with a slight crunch and stands up well to strong flavors.
This salad makes the most of a few fresh ingredients and a simple dressing to create a mouthwatering treat full of Greek flavor.
It’s a great accompaniment to grilled meat, but it also makes a good lunch all by itself. Throw in some leftover diced chicken or turkey if you need it to be more robust.
The kids love it too so there usually aren’t any leftovers!
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa, preferably white
- dash of salt
- 1 cup diced tomato
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, quartered
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Combine water, quinoa and pinch of salt in medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook until all water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
- Stir briefly and let cool to room temperature.
- While quinoa is cooling, prepare remaining ingredients and place in a large bowl.
- To make dressing, whisk all ingredients together.
- Add cooled quinoa to prepared veggies and mix in dressing.
- Flavors are best if allowed to meld for an hour or so. Can be chilled or served at room temperature.
If you don't like kalamata olives (or don't want to pay the price!) just use black olives - but, it just won't be the same!
If you have fresh oregano, use 1 Tablespoon in the dressing in place of the dried.
Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?