Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I'm healthy now, I eat quinoa. 

This is very similar to the phrase I repeated to myself one time trying to convince myself that did indeed like yogurt. 

Yogurt is still a little strange and occasionally makes me gag... but quinoa is extremely delicious AND healthy. Who would have thought? 

Since buying a monster bag of quinoa at Costco I have hardly been adventurous though. This is due to the simple fact that the first recipe I made was incredible. A mediterranean quinoa salad - delicious olives, cucumber, lowfat feta, and a little blast of olive oil and lemon to give the whole thing flavor and a smooth texture. Add the fact that it's super healthy and I'm sold. 

I pulled the recipe from here.


1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
2 cups sliced (small) tomatoes - I've used Campari, Grape, and the tasty yellow small ones
1 cup sliced kalamata olives
1 cucumber quartered and sliced
3/4 cup crumbled (lowfat, nonfat, or regular)
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice of
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste


Cook the quinoa! It's just like rice. 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water, bring to a boil, minimize the heat, let it simmer until the water is evaporated, set aside for 5 minutes, fluff with a fork.

Chop all the veggies and add them to the quinoa with the cheese and seasonings. 

Drizzle oil and lemon juice over the top - mix it up and serve.


  1. Welcome to the quirky qworld of quinoa. Here are some faves:

  2. Quinoa rocks! Sometimes I make it with stock, throw in sun dried tomatoes, olive oil/salt, and raw spinach. Yummy cold salad!

  3. This recipe looks unbelievable, I'm gonna try it really soon.
    I recently wrote an article on the health benefits of quinoa, check it out.


    Mike @TheIronYou