Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad
Quinoa Greek Salad
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Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad


  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

One of my most popular recipes! Quinoa Greek Salad is a great side dish, lunch and excellent to bring to potlucks!


Ingredients

Salad Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Quinoa
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 pt Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
Balsamic Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

For the quinoa and veggies
  1. 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.
  2. Prep and slice veggies.
     
  3. 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.
  4. Rinse your cherry tomatoes. Slice each tomato lengthwise (its prettier!). Place into bowl with cucumber.
  5. Slice kalamata olives in half. Place into bowl with cucumber and tomato.
 
For the balsamic dressing
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
 
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Salad, Mediterranean, Lunch, Sides

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 173
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 392mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: Quinoa Salad, Greek Salad

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Buffalo Salmon Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Buffalo Salmon Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Buffalo Salmon Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
Buffalo Salmon Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
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Buffalo Salmon Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Buffalo Salmon Quinoa & Chickpea Salad


  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A few pantry staples bring this high protein, healthy and spicy grain salad together!


Ingredients

Salad
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 Can Salmon, drained
  • 1 Can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tbsp Hot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika

 


Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions.
  2. While the quinoa cooks, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk together. Set aside.
  3. Dice the celery and bell pepper and place into a large bowl. Add the chickpeas, salmon and cooked quinoa. Pour the dressing over top and mix together.
  4. Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with extra hot sauce, depending on how spicy you like your food!

 

Notes

Tip: If you want to amp up the “buffalo” flavor, add 1/4 cup of feta or blue cheese.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Salad, Sides, Lunch, Dinner, Mediterranean
  • Method: Stovetop

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 582mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg

Keywords: Quinoa Salad, Buffalo Salad, Chickpeas

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