Vibrant Mediterranean Quinoa

Vibrant Mediterranean Quinoa

Mediterranean flavors come to life in this enticing and wholesome recipe of Vibrant Mediterranean Quinoa. With a burst of colors and a harmony of textures, this dish is a celebration of both taste and nutrition. Imagine a forkful of tender quinoa grains adorned with vibrant red and yellow bell peppers, rich black olives, tangy feta cheese, and a sprinkle of fragrant herbs.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the rinsed quinoa, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, diced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, black olives, and crumbled feta cheese.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  6. Drizzle the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.
  7. Sprinkle the chopped parsley and mint over the top.
  8. Serve the Vibrant Mediterranean Quinoa as a refreshing and nutritious meal on its own or as a delightful side dish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A burst of Mediterranean flavors and wholesome ingredients make this Vibrant Mediterranean Quinoa a true delight.

Nutrition information: Calories: 320, Total Fat: 16g, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 10g

Mediterranean cuisine has always been celebrated for its vibrant colors, fresh ingredients, and bold flavors. This Vibrant Mediterranean Quinoa recipe captures the essence of the Mediterranean diet in every bite. Each forkful showcases the marriage of nutty quinoa with the sweetness of bell peppers, the juiciness of cherry tomatoes, and the briny tang of olives and feta. The aromatic herbs infuse the dish with a fragrant breeze of the Mediterranean coast.

As you savor this dish, you’re not just enjoying a delicious meal, but also nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients. The combination of protein-rich quinoa and an array of vegetables makes this recipe a nutritional powerhouse. Whether you’re following a vegetarian lifestyle or simply seeking a nutritious yet flavorful dish, this Vibrant Mediterranean Quinoa will satisfy your palate and provide essential nutrients.

Whether it’s a light lunch, a side dish for a gathering, or a meal-prep option for your busy week, this recipe offers convenience without compromising on taste or health benefits. Share this delightful recipe with friends and family, and let the flavors of the Mediterranean inspire your culinary journey.

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