Mediterranean Escape: Wholesome Greek Quinoa Salad



Mediterranean Escape: Wholesome Greek Quinoa Salad

Create a flavorful journey to the Mediterranean with our delightful Wholesome Greek Quinoa Salad. This vibrant dish is a celebration of the fresh and robust flavors that the Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for. With a perfect balance of healthy ingredients and enticing tastes, it’s an ideal choice for a satisfying meal or a delightful side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water, then combine it with 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and let it cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, diced cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, finely chopped red onion, sliced Kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped fresh parsley.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  4. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. Before serving, give the salad a final toss and garnish with additional parsley and feta cheese if desired.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Our Mediterranean Escape: Wholesome Greek Quinoa Salad is a refreshing and nutritious dish that transports your taste buds to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. With quinoa as the hearty base, this salad is packed with fiber, protein, and vibrant flavors. The combination of crisp cucumbers, sweet cherry tomatoes, briny Kalamata olives, and creamy feta cheese is a taste sensation. Drizzled with a zesty red wine vinaigrette, every bite is a burst of Mediterranean goodness. Whether you’re enjoying it as a light lunch, a side dish, or bringing it to a picnic, this salad is a crowd-pleaser that’s as wholesome as it is delicious. So, embark on a culinary journey and savor the flavors of the Mediterranean with this delightful salad.

Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories: 320 | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Carbohydrates: 29g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g

Create your own Mediterranean escape at home by whipping up this Wholesome Greek Quinoa Salad. It’s not just a dish; it’s a culinary journey that will transport your taste buds to the azure waters and sun-drenched landscapes of the Mediterranean. Share this recipe with friends and family, and let them experience the joy of Mediterranean flavors in every bite. It’s a celebration of wholesome ingredients, vibrant colors, and bold flavors—a true escape to the Mediterranean!

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