Monday, August 5, 2013

Greek Quinoa Salad

Have you cooked with Quinoa yet? If not you should. It is a super food they say and packed with lots of protein. Has a very mild grain taste and nice texture when cooked.
I am making salads for lunches about twice a week so I am creating recipes to expand my repertoire.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Make a batch of quinoa according to the package but it cooks like rice. 2 to 1 ratio of water to quinoa but let is simmer for 15 minutes after coming to a boil.

I make large bowls but you can easily downsize. I never measure this just throw lots of good things in as is available.

Cooked quinoa
Olive oil
Juice of a couple to three lemons depending on how much you are making
Salt and pepper
Kalamata olives
Cherry tomatoes whole
Lots of diced cucumbers
feta cheese crumble
Roasted red peppers
Chopped fresh basil and parsely (from your garden of course)

Toss to coat and refrigerate a couple hours before serving. This lasts a long time and is perfect as a side or for lunches. Here is a tip. Save your leftover glass jars for toting your salads in. I am trying to use more glass and less plastic with our food if I can. Plus, in California recycling containers are everywhere so you could easily recycle the jar when you are done.

                                             Here is another version of quinoa salad we love.


Art and Sand said...

I have no idea what quinoa is or tastes like. I will have to do a little research. I am trying to eat a lot of salads for lunch.

Thanks for the tip.

Olive said...

We eat quinoa all the time. I like it mixed with brown rice and chopped dried fruit and fruit zest.

20 North Ora said...

Elaine - I've never cooked with quinoa, but I hear it used all of the time. Will have to give it a try. Does a salad like that taste anything like tabouli?


NanaDiana said...

That looks good but I don't care much for the texture of quinoa-yep I am weird. Hope you have a great night- xo Diana

Brenda Kula said...

Oh, this looks so good! Great for a hot summer day. I've got to try this.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I've been wanting to try quinoa. The salad sounds like the perfect vehicle for it.

Debby Ray said...

I love quinoa! I love the texture and it takes on the flavor of anything it's cooked with. It is a great hot breakfast cereal too!

Kris said...

XO Kris

Babajeza said...

You've convinced me: Quinoa salad is going to be on my menu tomorrow.

Leslie said...

I like quinoa as a nice change from rice. Your summer fresh salad looks delicious, especially with some grilled pork chops! Yum!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love quinoa, and I appreciate your posting this recipe and the link. We must be on the same wavelength because I was looking at one of my quinoa salad recipes from a cooking class las night!


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

We eat quinoa a lot and I love it. Your salad looks yummy!

corners of my life said...

Greek plus Quinoa?
A perfect combination.
We'll be trying it soon.