Friday, April 11, 2014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Any quinoa eaters out there?  Today I'm sharing a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - this dish is perfect on its own or served along side with some chicken kabobs for a complete meal.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner



I first tried quinoa about a year ago and decided I liked it. It's a grain that is high in protein, cholesterol-free and low-fat.  What I like is how it adapts to whatever flavors you choose to combine it with.  Previously I tried Asian flavors - pea pods, red peppers, carrots and an Asian type dressing.  This one was fashioned from Greek flavors.  I'm a huge fan of kalamata olives and feta cheese. Adding some fresh dill also jazzes it up a bit!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes; 15 min. chilling
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa well rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (red and yellow) cut in half
  • 1 cup diced english (or regular) cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives halved
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 15 ounces chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa by bringing it to boil with the water then turn heat to low, cover and cook until liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Let stand for 5 minutes covered then fluff with fork and cool to room temperature (this can be done by refrigerating about 15 minutes)
  2. Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, kalamata olives, chickpeas, feta cheese and dill; add cooled quinoa
  3. In a small food processor combine the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, garlic and S&P
  4. Pour over salad and mix well - can be served at room temp or refrigerated
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To make this DIY Guy friendly (aka meat!), I cubed boneless chicken, marinaded it in Greek Vinaigrette dressing for an hour, skewered them and grilled for about 10 minutes.  I also bought some tzatziki dressing and pita bread.  He really enjoyed it!  Opa!

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Another quinoa salad to enjoy



8 comments:

  1. I absolutely love quinoa! This salad looks delicious!

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  2. The verdict is still out with me and Quinoa. Mediterranean style does sound good though.

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  3. Mediterranean quinoa salad is one of my favorite lunches! I make a version that is similar, but I usually use sundried tomatoes and no cucumbers. I'll definitely have to try this recipe next time!

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  4. Wow, this looks delicious Deb! I'm with the DIY Guy, I like the addition of meat. ;)

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  5. You're talking to quinoa's number one fan right here. Great salad, Deb! I love the addition of fresh dill and chickpeas.

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  6. We love quinoa. eat it almost every week, and your salad is definitely for us!
    Personally I could eat it every day (I'm a vegetarians)

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  7. I love quinoa, and I wish the other members of my household did. If I make it, I go into it knowing I'm the only one that will be eating it, which really isn't a bad thing. haha I love these Mediterranean flavors!

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  8. Such a great recipe Deb! I love quinoa and I'm totally digging the meditarranean flavors in here! It looks fantastic!

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