Greek Quinoa Salad

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Greek Quinoa Salad- quinoa salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, red onion, and a simple Greek vinaigrette. This flavorful salad is a great side dish or delicious lunch!

Greek Quinoa Salad

I am always looking for ways to mix up my salad routine and this Greek Quinoa Salad is a GOOD one. It has all of the same flavors as a traditional Greek Salad, but the quinoa makes it super hearty. It is great served along side our Greek Chicken Kabobs, Greek Turkey Meatballs, grilled vegetables, chicken, steak, or fish. Don’t forget the pita bread, hummus, and tzatziki sauce for a full Greek spread!

The flavors are so good and so fresh! Along with the quinoa, you will find cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, red onion, and a zippy lemon Greek vinaigrette.

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How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad

This salad is easy to make! YAY!

  • First, cook the quinoa. 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.
  • Next, make the dressing! Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, garlic, mustard, and oregano in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until mixed well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Assemble the salad! Combine the quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese. Drizzle the salad with dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!
easy Greek quinoa salad

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 and this salad is perfect for when your garden is overflowing. I usually make a watermelon salad to go with, the perfect summer meal, if you ask me!

If you are looking for a simple salad to make for your summer cookout, 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!

And if you are looking for more salad recipes, find all of my favorites HERE!

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Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad- quinoa salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, red onion, and a simple Greek vinaigrette. This flavorful salad is a great side dish or delicious lunch!
4.78 from 9 votes

Ingredients
  

For the Salad:

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

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, garlic, mustard, and oregano in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese. Drizzle the salad with dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 325mg, Potassium: 284mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 207IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 101mg, Iron: 2mg

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

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

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

  4. 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!

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

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

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

  15. I seriously need to try quinoa – this looks great! Happy holiday weekend 🙂

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

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

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

  22. @ 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 !!!

  23. It looks delicious, Maria. Perfect for Memorial Day…or any other day, for that mater. 🙂

  24. Sounds delicious! My husband loves Greek Salad! I bet it would also be good (but not as healthy) with couscous or orzo instead of quinoa.

  25. I love these flavors when paired when pasta so I know I’d adore them with quinoa as well! What a great dish to kick off the bbq season!

  26. I made this for our family BBQ and it was delicious. I used a lemon infused olive oil and it gave it a little bit of extra flavor.

  27. this was absolutely delicious! husband and three boys ate it all! love quinoa and it was perfect inside homemade gyros. thank you!

  28. This is my first experience with quinoa (in Texas, quinoa isn’t one of the more popular grains) but am I ever glad I gave this a try. It’s absolutely out of this world! Thanks for the recipe and nudging me out of my comfort zone.

  29. This was excellent! I substituted farro for the quinoa because I prefer its texture. I also added minced garlic and a little lemon juice to the dressing. I served it with a grilled leg of lamb that my husband cooked on the rotisserie. Everything was wonderful!

  30. I’m heading to an end-of-the season middle school soccer party today and promised to bring something healthy, fresh, and delicious. I think this will be the recipe I make. Can’t wait to share it with all the other Soccer Moms!

  31. I made this for my lunches this week and it is SO good! This was my first time cooking quinoa and I am very pleased with the results 🙂 This is definitely going to be a keeper, thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  32. YUM! I just made this for the 2nd time in a week. I make mine vegan, with tofu “feta.” So tasty!!

  33. This salad is very good,and traveled well for a pot luck we went to last night. It was eaten up before we left the party early so that is also an endorsement. The only change I made was to turn the heat OFF and cover after the 5 minute rolling boil.This is an energy saving tip I got off the bag of organic quinoa, and I have followed that tip a number of times with quinoa so I know it works. thanks for the recipe!

  34. I just made this again, for the second time since I ‘discovered’ this recipe on September 2nd. I LOVE this so much!

    First time I made it, I did as instructed in the directions but the second time around (today), I boiled the quinoa for 5 minutes than took it off the heat source and covered it for 15 minutes. After taking the cover off after the 15 minutes were up, I just let the quinoa breath; I left it alone. When the 5 minutes of breathing time was up, then I put it in the big bowl with everything else.

  35. Just wanted to let you know that I have tried many of your recipes, and they’ve all been wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipes and ideas!!

  36. I made this tonight but I switched it up a little. I used green onion I stead of red, black olives instead of kalamata, and balsamic vinegar instead. It was awesome all the same! I liked it with more olives and feta. This would be good with red or yellow bell peppers too!

  37. I made this to take to work for lunch. It was SO good – thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely be making this again.

  38. I’ve used this recipe many times and have had many compliments coming my way. Only thing I add regularly is fresh mint, chopped. Also have added chopped bell peppers, particularly the multi colored baby ones. Plus chopped zucchini. garlic goes ell with this sale. Great recipe, many thanks.

  39. The salad sounds/looks great but can I combine all ingredients ahead of time and refrigerate it?

  40. This is my new go to quinoa recipe! Have been making every Sunday night to have around for the week and my husband and I love it. Thank you!

  41. Just made this. Got hungry waiting for the quinoa to cool and had to chop up a bowl of veggies for myself. This is delicious even in january with grape tomatoes and seedless cucumber from the grocery.

  42. Thanks for this recipe! I have printed a copy and plan to make this week. I’m looking forward to it!

  43. This is a great salad! Healthy & east to make; I make it Sunday night and it stays good all week . Healthy dinner ready to go.

  44. I just have a quick question — the 1 cup of quinoa is before cooking — correct? Usually when I make a quinoa recipe I use the cooked amount, not the raw amount, so I just want to make sure.

  45. I made this for a BBQ last week and the bowl was empty in minutes even though I doubled up on everything. All the women wanted the recipe as well! I now make it as a side dish once a week for dinner. It’s absolutely delicious!

  46. 3 stars
    I made it and shared with friends. We all love it so so much. Will be making it lots. Great pot luck number.

  47. 5 stars
    My favorite summer salad! I cut my veggies smaller based on preference, but that’s the only change, yum!

  48. This is one tasty salad! Made it for friends They loved it. Also very easy,  quick, and healthy.

  49. 5 stars
    Made this for a family party a while ago and recently for a family reunion, my grandma requested I make this. Super delicious, easy to make, and healthy! Love it!

  50. This looks  so good!  Is there anyway y’all could give us the breakdown of the calories, fat,sodium and possibly diabetic exchanges?  I understand if it’s not possible but I love your recipes and my husband was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and it’s so hard to find healthy whole food recipes with the nutritional info online.  And lord knows we can’t afford a personal chef or nutritionist, lol.  Anyway, that you for the awesome recipes over the years and keep up the good work!

  51. 5 stars
    I just made this (although without the onion because they make me sick) and it is simple, healthy, and very good. Thanks for the recipe!

  52. 5 stars
    Delicious! I like to add a handful of chopped Italian parsley. For the dressing, I use only 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, and add a teaspoon lemon juice, and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard.

  53. 5 stars
    I’ve made this for a couple BBQ’s. People love it and it’s healthy. I added sweet peppers and green onion since I didn’t have red.

  54. Your method re adding the salad dressing is confusing. In step 2 you say pour salad dressing over the quinoa and combine. In step 3, after “assembling “ the other ingredients, you say to drizzle dressing over the salad. If we poured the dressing into the quinoa in step 2 there’s no dressing left to drizzle. I certainly will make this salad, but will not pour all the dressing onto the quinoa but save some for drizzling, or better yet make extra dressing so that whoever wants extra dressing can pour or drizzle their own to taste.

  55. Just made this for our dinner this evening, left out the kalamata olives because one kid does not like them, added chopped fresh flat leaf parsley and fresh mint and some pomegranate as well…soooo good!! Thank you for the simple, tasty recipe! Easy to adapt to our own tastes.