MEDITERRANEAN QUINOA SALAD

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Today I’m following up from my last post (kitchen tip: how to cook quinoa) with something to do with your cooked quinoa.  It’s technically still summer but you can feel that fall is in the air so I wanted to share one last summer-dinner-on-the-patio kind of recipe. This Mediterranean quinoa salad is easily made and delicious to eat. A few simple fresh ingredients and bam, dinner is ready and you can sit back and enjoy that cool summer breeze.  

This recipe is easy to make and truly I just throw in whatever I have in the fridge. An added bonus is you can eat it as a main dish or serve as a little appetizer. Either way is delicious.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Time:  10 minutes (additional 20 minutes to cook the quinoa)

BASIC INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 c cooked quinoa
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c zesty Italian dressing
  • 1/2 c mozzarella cheese
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:

  • handful of spinach leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled & chopped
  • other varieties of tomatoes (such as cherry tomatoes)
  • try serving it with a pita or Triscuit crackers
  • jicama
  • varieties of peppers

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Step 1

Prepare qunioa according to these directions. Allow quinoa to cool while you prepare remaining ingredients.  

Wash and chop the tomatoes, green onion, and basil leaves and any other vegetables that you are putting in your salad.  

In a large bowl combine cooled quinoa, tomatoes, green onion, basil, and any other vegetables with the Italian dressing, and cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. 

This dish takes minutes to prepare and was a welcome change to the normal meal routine we have around here. My husband told me a few times how good it was. Quinoa for the win!

If you are looking for a simple appetizer try serving this salad on little Triscuit crackers. The crunch is a perfect balance with the Mediterranean flavors.  

You can eat it as a salad or serve it with a pita.

I love this dish because it is easy to make and is full of fresh goodness. It makes great leftovers too because the flavors begin to blend even more. Give it a try and let me know how you serve your Mediterranean Quinoa Salad!    

Enjoy,

Larisa

Larisa

Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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