Greek Quinoa Salad

As I continue to experiment with quinoa I’ve found that most any salad or pasta combination can be made healthier by its addition.

This time, though, I was a little skeptical.  Greek Salad is something that I love and frequently order when dining out.   Since I am still in  getting the family on the quinoa bandwagon mode, I didn’t want to disappoint and have a rebellion on my hands.

Fortunately, this salad was great and enjoyed by all!  It makes a fantastic vegan or vegetarian main course and also a healthy side dish.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 250g

Calories per serving: 276

Fat per serving: 10.5g

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed for 3-4 minutes
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • ½ cup green onion, chopped
  • ½ cup black olives, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 14 ounces canned artichokes, chopped
  • 4 ounces feta cheese (Omit if you are vegan)
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring vegetable broth and quinoa to a simmer. Cover and cook on low for 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat an allow to steam an additional five minutes. Cool. (You can check out this post on how to cool quinoa.)
  2. While quinoa is cooling, make dressing by combining all dressing ingredients.
  3. Combine vegetables in a large bowl. Stir in cooled quinoa and cheese.
  4. Top with dressing. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Notes

Servings 8, Calories 276, Fat 10.5g, Carbohydrates 35.2g, Protein 11.5g, Cholesterol 13mg, Sodium 524mg, Fiber 6.6g, Sugars 2.8g, WW Pts 7

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  • Nancy Washmuth

    I love your website and recipes…do you "auto-send" any quinoa recipes?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Yes, just sign up for my free cookbook and you will be automatically added to my email list

  • Glenda de Vries

    Hi,

    Thanks for these great quinoa recipes. I only recently learned about quinoa and all the health benefits. I am surprised at how good it tastes as well. And my kids even like it!

    Glenda

    • Wendy Polisi

      Glenda – That is the exact response that I had when I first tried quinoa! I loved it and couldn't believe that both my husband and kids enjoyed it. :)

  • OSCAR RANDALL

    THANKS FOR THE INFO. I AM TRIYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT AND THIS IS A GOOD START. IT TAKES GOOD. I WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU EVER TRY THE QUINOA BEVERAGE, I TRIED WHEN I WAS VISITING PERU, AND IT TASTED LIKE A PINEAPPLE JUICE, IT WAS SO DELICIOUS BUT FORGOT TO ASK HOW IT WAS MADE.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Oscar – I have heard of that before but never actually tried it. I believe it is often used in South America for healing purposes. I will do some digging and see what I can come up with. With pineapple sounds yummy!

  • Julia Sawyer

    Hi Everyone, I am also a newby to the eating of quinoa and love it. Had blood work done and for the first time my Dr, says we can
    skip the cholestrol meds. That was good for me as I hate pills.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hi Julia! Thanks for stopping by and congrats on skipping the cholesterol medications!

      Sent from my iPad

  • Daniela

    I started to eat clean and quinoa is one of my fav things to eat… And I can't wait to try all the salads recepies. I'll keep you posted

  • Andrea

    I'm looking forward to trying this Wendy! Can you tell me how many servings it makes?

    • Wendy Polisi

      It would depend on if you were using it as a main course or a side. It makes 6 cups of cooked quinoa, so as the main course I would say 6 servings, 4 if you are feeding hungry men :). I hope you enjoy!

      Wendy

  • Barbara

    My daughter-in-law made it last night and I was lucky to try it. It was delish. It'll be a staple at my table.

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad that you enjoyed it Barbara!