Greek Tomato-Feta Quinoa Salad

Greek-Tomato-Feta-Quinoa-Salad

Lately, Chris and I can’t get enough of those Greek-style pasta salads they sell at the grocery deli.

All those bright, crisp flavors of lemon, tomato, cucumber, and fresh herbs are so perfect and irresistible during the warm weather months.

So this weekend I decided to do my own homemade Greek-style salad, but I boosted the nutrition level by using quinoa instead of white pasta.

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It’s a very quick and easy, tasty little dish.

This Greek Quinoa Salad is fresh, really flavorful, and feels so nutritious too.

You can serve it at room temperature or store it in an airtight container in the fridge and serve it chilled.

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This Greek quinoa salad is a light, bright, fresh-tasting dish.

The nutty quinoa is coated with the olive oil and lemon dressing and complemented by crunchy cucumber, sweet tomatoes, and zesty fresh chives.

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This salad is simple, but just looks great with all the vivid colors.

That’s what I love most about Greek flavors – they make fresh, healthy ingredients so appealing to eat!

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The best part, of course: the rich, salty crumbled feta cheese throughout. Yum!

Here’s the recipe for Greek Tomato-Feta Quinoa Salad:

Greek Tomato-Feta Quinoa Salad
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serving size: 6
  • Calories: 222
  • Fat: 12.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.8g
  • Trans fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.8g
  • Sugar: 3.2g
  • Sodium: 330mg
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 6.8g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Yield: 6 side servings
Ingredients
For the Quinoa Salad:
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ orange bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 3 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil in a saucepan, and season with salt. Add the quinoa and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 10-12 minutes. The quinoa is cooked when the spiral germ becomes visible around the grains.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the lemon vinaigrette. In a bowl, whisk extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, water, honey, and dried oregano until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper and whisk again.
  3. In a large container, add the cooked quinoa, diced pepper, diced cucumber, feta, chopped chives, chopped parsley, and the lemon vinaigrette. Stir until well combined. Carefully fold in tomatoes.
  4. Serve at room temperature or store in an airtight container in the fridge and serve chilled.
*I estimate approximate nutrition information at Verywell .

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18 Comments

  1. July 29, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    You’ve just combined some of my favorite things – greek flavors, quinoa, and lots of salty feta cheese! What a perfect (and nutritious) summer salad!

  2. July 30, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    ooh we actually just had something so similar to this for dinner this week!

  3. July 31, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    I love a refreshing summer salad. This is a great use for my abundance of cherry tomatoes in the garden.

  4. July 31, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    Wow, this looks SO good! I think I could eat this everyday, yum!

  5. August 6, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Jen, I have never been to a open air movie or drive in … so I’m a bit envy. A very US thing. I’m sure we have it somewhere in Sweden … we have drive in Bingo, so why not movies.
    Just love everything about your salad … color, flavors and photos of course. True summer dish … and I’m thinking of adding some grilled chicken or fish to it.
    I met a mini Calvin today on the train … he was so cute and adorable – Oscar was his name and of course told his “mom” about your Calvin.
    I have played mini golf many times, not on a fancy course like this one …. I’m such a bad loser – same when I play Monopoly. So I try to stay away from both.
    Great post and photos as always.

  6. August 22, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    This salad looks perfectly delicious. Thanks for sharing and I linked to it today from my site – HammockTracks.

  7. September 18, 2013 / 10:35 am

    I love quinoa – I use it in place of rice a lot lately. This is such a colorful dish – simple and delicious. And I remember those outdoor drive-ins … it’s been a while! Retro for sure!

  8. KkoKko
    January 31, 2014 / 3:48 pm

    Looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

  9. CJ
    July 15, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    ABSOLUTELY with out a doubt a recipe your should try if you like or are thinking about introducing quinoa to your diet. Loved it!!:):)