Today I’ve got a great salad perfect for the upcoming warmer seasons. This easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is the perfect entree or side dish. I’ve recently been making all our quinoa in our pressure cooker, it’s so quick and easy that way.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
This quinoa salad has an easy dressing, fresh veggies, and of course cheese. Quinoa is a great whole grain, as it’s rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is great served with the following:
- Pita Chips
- Chopped Avocado
An easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad that is perfect as an entree or a side dish. With peppers and feta cheese and protein-rich quinoa.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup green pepper chopped
- 1 cup red pepper chopped
- 1/3 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
Rinse and drain your quinoa.
Bring a medium saucepan to medium heat and lightly toast quinoa. This will remove excess water and adds a nutty flavor to the quinoa. If you have an instant pot/pressure cooker see how I make my quinoa here.
Add water to saucepan, set burner to high, and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 12-15 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy and the liquid has absorbed.
While the quinoa is cooking chop and prep your veggies.
Once quinoa is cooked give it a little fluff with a fork.
Before adding your veggies you can chill the quinoa in the fridge or simply let it cool on the countertop for a few minutes for a room temperature quinoa bowl. They are both delicious!
To make your super simple vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour over your quinoa bowl and toss.
Add any salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
You could easily add some cooked chicken to this salad. It would be amazing if you marinated the chicken in the dressing and then grilled it up.
Here are some other healthy recipes to check out:
- Low Calorie Chicken Salad Sandwich Lettuce Wrap with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
- Grilled Chicken Melon-Berry Summer Salad
- 15 Salad Recipes