One of my most popular recipes! Quinoa Greek Salad is a great side dish, lunch and excellent to bring to potlucks!
Balsamic Dressing Ingredients
1/4tspGround Black Pepper
For the quinoa and veggies
Rinse the 1 1/2 cups quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, heat 3 cups of water over high heat. Add the rinsed quinoa. Bring quinoa and water to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. The quinoa is done cooking when all the water is absorbed and it is light and fluffy.
Prep and slice veggies.
Peel cucumber and slice off the ends. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon scoop out the seeds. Next, slice each half lengthwise into 1/2 inch long sections. Then stack your long sections together to dice into 1/2 inch dice. Place diced cucumber into a large bowl.
Rinse your cherry tomatoes. Slice each tomato lengthwise (its prettier!). Place into bowl with cucumber.
Slice kalamata olives in half. Place into bowl with cucumber and tomato.
For the balsamic dressing
Into a small mixing bowl or mason jar add all dressing ingredients. Whisk until the dressing is fully emulsified. Taste the dressing and adjust seasonings per your preference
Putting the salad together
Once the quinoa has finished cooking add 3/4 of the dressing to the hot quinoa and stir to mix well. This will allow the quinoa to really absorb the dressing. Place the quinoa into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Once the quinoa has cooled, place it into a large bowl. Add the cucumber, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives. Next add the feta and mix together, taking care not to smash your tomatoes. Add the remaining 1/4 of the dressing and mix together. Place the salad back into the refrigerator for 1 more hour. Serve chilled, enjoy!