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Greek Quinoa Salad

Who’s excited for Memorial Day weekend? We sure are! My dad is visiting this week so we are having a little barbecue at our house. Josh is going to grill up some chicken and veggies and I am going to make a few salads and sides.  Oh, and of course there will be dessert-I am making my Mini Fruit Pizzas.

I asked Josh what salads I should make for the barbecue and he requested my Greek Quinoa Salad-it is one of his favorites. It is high on my list too, so of course I added it to our menu! This Greek Quinoa Salad is simple to make and is perfect for any Memorial Day party.

This Greek Quinoa Salad has all of the same flavors as a traditional Greek Salad, but I added quinoa. I love the texture and heartiness the quinoa adds. It is great served along side grilled vegetables, chicken, or fish.

You can also serve this Greek Quinoa Salad as a main dish. During the summer months, we eat this salad for dinner all of the time-I am always trying to use up our garden tomatoes and cucumbers:) I usually cut up some watermelon for dessert and call it good! A perfect summer meal if you ask me!

If you are looking for a simple salad to make for your Memorial Day barbecue, give this Greek Quinoa Salad a try. I am sure you will be making it all summer long after you make it once. It’s a winner!

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Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

Greek Quinoa Salad

Yield: Serves 6

A simple quinoa salad with all of your favorite Greek flavors.


2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
Pinch of salt
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup feta cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

To make the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano


1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.

2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese.

3. To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, and oregano in a small bowl. Pour dressing over the salad and stir until mixed well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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117 Responses to “Greek Quinoa Salad”

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  1. Rosa — May 25, 2012 @ 4:53 am

    A scrumptious salad! marvelously summery and so healthy.



  2. The authentic Greek salad doesn’t have lettuce anyway!! So your ingredients combined with quinoa are perfect!

  3. Aylin @ Glow Kitchen — May 25, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    That right there is perhaps what I consider the perfect meal and what I could eat for every meal!

  4. I love those big, bold Greek flavors!

  5. I bet this is such a refreshing salad for the summer! 😀 Have a great long weekend! Yay!

  6. DessertForTwo — May 25, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Ok, this is definitely going on the list to make this weekend! YUM! :)

  7. Blog is the New Black — May 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Love this! Been loving quinoa lately!

  8. This looks so tasty!!

  9. Rebecca — May 25, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Do you have a specific brand on quinoa you like best? I have read that some brands tend to be bitter. I would love to make this salad, but want to avoid bitter quinoa. Thanks so much!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 8:56 am

      I am not sure on the exact brand because I buy it from the bulk bins at Whole Foods or Sunflower Market. Sorry!

  10. This looks like a great refreshing salad!

  11. Jennifer — May 25, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    I’ve been looking for a new way to eat/use quinoa. Thanks for the great recipe. I think I’ll try it out this weekend! Hope y’all have a great time with your family.

  12. What a great salad! I love greek food and this is a wonderful way to incorporate greek flavors with quinoa!! I love it!

  13. Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — May 25, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I bought quinoa a few weeks ago since I’ve never made it before, but it’s just been staring at me from the pantry b/c I couldn’t decide what to do with it… I think I just found the recipe I would like to try first 😉 This looks DELICIOUS, girl!

  14. Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 25, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Easy and healthy. Love it. I did a Mexican Quinoa Salad a couple months back- we loved that too!

  15. Jenny Flake — May 25, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Love these flavors Maria! Perfect for this weekend! Have so much fun with your sweet family!

  16. marla — May 25, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Loving up your quinoa salad today :)

  17. A classic recipe with the healthy twist of quinoa. Love it! Greek salads are so refreshing!

  18. Peggy — May 25, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    For a lower cal – no oil version mix the veggies and cheese together and let stand on counter for about an hour. You will be surprised at how much liquid (natural dressing) will be created. Taste and then add pepper and maybe a splash of vinegar to taste. Then mix in your quinoa.

  19. Mi Vida en un Dulce — May 25, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I feel very proud each time I see quinoa in a recipe, do you know it’s form Peru? It’s great to know that the entire world is enjoyed this healthy product.

  20. Lauren — May 25, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Greek salad is one of my faves! Love the extra protein bump quinoa gives this! Mmm…

  21. Love quinoa and greek salad..this is a perfect combination!

  22. How perfect! Love quinoa and this is perfect for a BBQ!

  23. Mercedes — May 25, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    What a bright, healthy beautiful salad! I will keep this tucked away!

  24. Stephanie — May 25, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Sounds like your weekend will be filled with great food and company. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  25. Cassie Laemmli — May 25, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    Love this, Maria. I have been nearly living on quinoa lately and this is right up my alley!

  26. Jeanine — May 25, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Looks delicious! And thanks for the link love!

  27. I LOVE Greek salad and quinoa. Yumm and healthy! Have a great weekend!

  28. I seriously need to try quinoa – this looks great! Happy holiday weekend :)

  29. aida mollenkamp — May 25, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    This is right up my alley and would be delish paired with grilled deliciousness! Happy Memorial Day, Maria!

  30. Just became a quinoa convert!

  31. So light, fresh and delicious – this is just perfect! Have a great weekend.

  32. Katie @ Epicurean Mom — May 25, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Mmmmmm, I love quinoa!! Wonderful recipe Maria! I see your going to the conference, so am I! I would love to meet up :)

  33. Margarita — May 25, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    I love all the ingredients you put together in your salad! A nice side dish to all the heavy things that are set out during barbecues.

  34. Love that this is simply and mayo free! :)

  35. looks great! Have a great weekend!

  36. Jeanette — May 25, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    I love Greek Salad, so this is just up my alley. Happy Memorial Day!

  37. Brooke @ Food Woolf — May 25, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    you had me at quinoa. love the simplicity of this. it’s the kind of think i’d make all throughout the week! thanks for the inpsiration.

  38. susan — May 25, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    for some time, Quinoa has become a fridge staple. so versitile and pairs with so much. I love your take on this Greek Salad!

  39. Gianna — May 26, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    @ Rebecca~ I’ve heard that the bitterness from quinoa is merely from not rinsing it well. I haven’t tried different varieties, just basic quinoa from the bulk section at the Food Coop.

    This salad, as well all the rest listed below the recipe sounds delicious !!!

  40. Natalie Meconi — May 26, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Love your blog:) Nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award:)

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