Greek Quinoa Salad

Quinoa flavored with a hint of tomato tossed in a salad filled with cherry tomatoes, black olives, avocado, and cucumber. This salad is doused in a simple Greek salad dressing and topped with feta cheese.

Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad on Chelsea's Messy Apron

You are still seeing salads and healthy options here and it is January 6th. I’d say that’s quite some New Year’s Resoluting still going strong.

At least for one more week right?

And I was hoping to get this post out to you guys like three days ago. And then I lost the recipe I had written out.

Speaking of New Year’s Resolutions, I seriously have some work to do in organizing how I write out my recipes. It’s a bit of a mess right now. I get excited, run to the kitchen and start cooking or baking. And then I realize I need to be writing down what I’m doing in case something great results.

Greek Quinoa Salad on Chelsea's Messy Apron

So I quickly grab my post-it note pad of paper and scribble tiny notes all over. These notes are only legible to me. It’s how I save my recipes from being stolen ;)

And then I compile all my mess of post-it notes into a small little box. Somehow my small post-it note for this salad was lost. I looked, my husband looked, and no luck.

But I think it was for the better anyways.

Because I remade the salad and this time with a different dressing that was sooooo much better. Like way better. I’m pretty excited about it actually.

Healthy Quinoa Greek Salad

And now the boring stuff…a couple notes on this recipe:

First off, I used black olives, but if you want a more authentically Greek Salad you can use kalamata olives.

Also, Greek Salads usually always contain red onions. However, my husband really, really hates red onions. And since I wanted some help eating this salad, they were left out.

In the instructions I say to stripe your cucumber. This is optional, but the skins in cucumbers have tons of nutrients and vitamins. So if you keep half the skin, you are getting a lot of good nutrients. Plus I think it adds more color to the salad! All you do is peel a stripe off the cucumber, leave a small space of skin on and then peel another stripe off. You continue to peel a stripe, leave a stripe, peel a stripe until the cucumber is every other.

Another fun option you could include would be red and green peppers. You can switch up some of the vegetables in this salad with peppers or just add them into the mix.

And finally, if you want a vegan option, just leave out the feta cheese!

Greek Quinoa Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. Knorr tomato bouillon, optional but recommended!
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup black olives (or sub kalamata olives)
  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
Dressing
  • 1/4 + 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste preference
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly wash your quinoa and follow package directions to cook the quinoa. Add the tomato bouillon when the water starts to boil.
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and slice the black olives either in half or in slices.
  3. Peel the cucumber in stripes, deseed if desired (I didn't), and chop into small pieces.
  4. Remove the avocado skins and pit and chop into small pieces.
  5. Combine the cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, and avocado in a medium sized bowl and lightly stir together.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and minced garlic Whisk in the salt and pepper.
  7. While you are continuing to whisk, slowly add in the olive oil.
  8. Pour the dressing over the cooked quinoa that has been cooled.
  9. Toss the rest of the vegetables in with the quinoa and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors marinate together,
  10. When ready to serve, top the salad with crumbled feta cheese.
Notes
See the post for substitutions and more ideas to add to this salad.

 

If you liked this salad, you should try:

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with a lemon-honey vinagrette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detox Quinoa Salad

Comments

  1. Beth @ bethcakes says

    Love this salad, Chelsea! One of my New Year’s resolutions every year is to eat healthier, but this time I’m serious. So bring on the salads! :) Love that you added quinoa to this. Looks delicious!

  2. Ashley says

    I love love love greek salad and this is such a fun spin on it! Although no olives for me – I just don’t like them (although I keep trying) – I pick those bad boys right out : ) I started using my laptop in the kitchen to take notes as I go … otherwise I do the same thing and lose my pieces of paper!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha I swear we have the same taste buds! I HATE olives! But they are one of my husband’s favorites and pretty traditional for a Greek salad so I threw them in and picked them out haha! That’s a great idea – I’m going to try that and a notebook from now on.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks so much Ashley! I’m glad I said something in the post, I’m getting all kinds of new ideas how to be better organized with recipe note keeping!

  3. Kelly says

    I try to jot down my notes into my phone or tablet while I’m working in the kitchen since I would misplace my recipe notes before too since I’m such a scatterbrain hehe.
    Love the pretty colors of this salad Chelsea! Greek salad is one of my favorites and adding your tomato bouillon infused quinoa to this sounds amazing :)

    • chelseamessyapron says

      That’s a great idea! I need to upgrade from paper post-it notes for sure! Thanks Kelly! It adds a lot of flavor which I love

  4. Caroline says

    Hi there, I’m stopping by from Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I love greek salads and quinoa so I’m very excited about this recipe! It looks absolutely scrumptious and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve already pinned it.

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