Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy side dish that pairs the bold Mediterranean flavors of lime, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and fresh parsley against the subtle backdrop of quinoa.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a quick and easy side dish that pairs the bold Mediterranean flavors of lime, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and fresh parsley against the subtle backdrop of quinoa. Thanks to the naturally salty flavors of the olive brine and Feta cheese, this dish doesn’t need any added sodium to help balance the flavors. For the best results, you’ll want to make this dish in advance to give the flavors a chance to blend. For an added layer of flavor, toast the quinoa over medium heat before cooking.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: approximately 20 minutes
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- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 2 limes, zest and juice
- 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbed
- 2 oz. kalamata olives, chopped, with brine
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, stems removed and chopped
- black pepper, to taste (optional)
Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Remove the quinoa from the heat and let it cool briefly.
Fluff the quinoa with a fork and stir in the lime zest, lime juice, Feta cheese, chopped olives, and fresh parsley until thoroughly combined. Season with black pepper, to taste.
Refrigerate the dish for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Serve and enjoy!