Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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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 Recipe

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
Serves 4

Equipment Needed

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

Instructions

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!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

Instructions

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!

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    7 comments

    pat. September 27, 2018 - 3:31 pm

    Guten free.

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    Neely October 1, 2018 - 4:02 pm

    This would be great to add to our rotation! In need of new meals!

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    Rachel October 1, 2018 - 11:53 pm

    This looks so good. I am always looking for a different way to use quinoa in a side dish.

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 2, 2018 - 9:47 am

    Quinoa and feta is such a great combination! I love the flavors you added to this. I’d love to make a big batch and enjoy it all week!

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    Clarice October 2, 2018 - 10:34 am

    This looks really good and easy to make. My sister has been bugging me to make one so, I would love to do this on Saturday. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    Denise C October 2, 2018 - 11:50 am

    My whole family loves quinoa. It’s such a versatile food, and it’s easy to make, so we have it a lot on weeknights.

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    Jeanine October 2, 2018 - 3:34 pm

    This looks delicious. I need more quiona in my life. I haven’t been using it in recipes often and I think I need to, I think my girls would LOVE this. I will give it a try for them!

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