Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I needed to come up with a large dish for our church potluck tomorrow…and that is where one of my favorite staples comes in. Quinoa!

When I began cooking it, I didn’t know what exactly I was going to do, but I knew it needed the flexibility of a cold dish. I always get to church early in the morning for a second music practice, so bringing something hot just doesn’t work.

I love the way this turned into a delicious Mediterranean salad!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

*Created by Lori at creatingbeautyinthekitchen.wordpress.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 4 cups water
  • Black pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Lots of fresh basil
  • 3 lemons for juice
  • A little bit of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 fresh cloves of garlic, minced

Directions:

  • Put 4 cups of water into a saucepan and boil.
  • When the water comes to a boil, add in 2 cups quinoa until it begins to boil again.
  • Reduce to medium heat, place a lid on the saucepan, and let simmer for about 12 minutes or until it has sucked up all the water. (You may want to check on it a few times. If all the water soaks up too soon the quinoa will become really crunchy.).
  • When this is finished, take it off of the heat, stir it, cover again, and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Let quinoa cool and then put it into a large serving dish.
  • Add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and pepper. Stir thoroughly.
  • Cut up the fresh basil and tomatoes. Add to the quinoa, mixing.
  • Finally, add the quinoa and you are ready to serve this yummy dish.

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28 thoughts on “Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

  1. I love quinoa, Lori! This looks great. I realized I could basically substitute quinoa or barley or farro for any recipe that calls for rice or orzo or other pastas. Using quinoa as the base for a Mediterranean salad instead of orzo (for example) is a great and healthier version of this salad. Love it! Lucky congregation!

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    • hehehe….I just found out about it maybe 6 months ago. I was sooo scared to try it, and now it is my most favorite! I even had some today for lunch! 🙂 Don’t worry Emily, it is never too late to try quinoa! 😉

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  2. Lori, I love all the flavors you have in here. I can’t eat the feta cheese, but nonetheless, I love the mediterranean flare you gave to your quinoa salad. Hope you’re having wonderful week!

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