Greek Quinoa Salad


Greek Quinoa Salad – made with quinoa, cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta, and homemade delicious greek vinaigrette. It’s fresh, delicious, and the perfect side dish for your next party or make it to enjoy for lunches all week.

Ingredients to make Greek Quinoa Salad.

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I enjoy salads all year round but when summer comes I go into salad overdrive. Salads are easy to make, healthy, and go with grilled chicken, turkey burgers, hamburgers, and other grilled favorites.

Mexican Quinoa Salad, Vegan Pasta Salad, Chickpea Salad are always on repeat during the hot summer months. Now we can this Greek Quinoa Salad to the list.

Reasons you’ll love this recipe

  • Healthy – Fresh vegetables fill this quinoa salad. The quinoa adds protein, fiber, and omega-3s, and the salad dressing includes simple, clean ingredients.
  • Easy to prepare – This salad comes together quickly. 
  • Gluten-free – This greek quinoa salad is a delicious gluten-free salad option to serve at your next party.
  • Vegetarian – Non-meat eaters will enjoy this quinoa greek salad, but it also tastes delicious with chicken, fish, or steak.
  • Make-ahead – You can make this salad on Sunday for lunches all week or ahead of time to serve for your next summer party.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make a Greek Quinoa Salad

Quinoa – often thought of as a grain, quinoa is a seed. However, it’s similar to other grains in the way you prepare and use it in recipes. Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse that includes fiber, protein, omega-3’s, and other nutrition. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it a popular choice for people who have gluten sensitivities.

I use organic white quinoa for this recipe, but any quinoa variety will work. I purchase organic quinoa in a 3lb bag from my local wholesale store (BJ’s Wholesale).

Vegetable broth – Using vegetable broth keeps this Quinoa Greek Salad vegetarian. However, you can also use chicken broth. I recommend a high-quality organic broth for the best flavor.

Cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion – This is the vegetable foundation to any greek salad recipe. 

You can use cherry or grape tomatoes. I like to cut them in half, but you can keep them whole.

For the cucumbers, I like using small cucumbers that I cut in half-moons. These are also called Persian cucumbers; they come in a package of 5 or 6. I don’t peel these cucumbers.

You can also use English cucumbers. I recommend peeling, cutting in half and removing the seeds, and then chopping them into small pieces for this variety.

Kalamata olives – A small amount of kalamata (or greek) olives go a long way with flavor. You can purchase a jar of Greek kalamata olives or head over to the Mediterranean bar in your local grocery store. Make sure to buy pitted olives.

Chickpeas – these add a meaty texture along with extra protein and fiber.

Feta cheese – Is it even a Greek salad if it doesn’t include feta? I don’t think so. I use crumbled plain feta, but you can purchase a block of feta and cut it into small cubes. Or a marinated feta would be good. Use your favorite.

Greek dressing – When I first started making this salad, I used store-bought olive oil and vinegar dressing. In the last couple of years, I began to make a homemade Greek dressing to go with this salad. Both are excellent, but homemade dressing keeps this recipe clean and gluten-free. 

green quinoa salad in a large salad bowl.

Cooking Tips

Rinse the quinoa before cooking it – quinoa has a bitter coating that you need to rinse off before cooking it in the broth. I recommend soaking the quinoa in water for a minute, giving it a couple of stirs to release the bitter coating. You’ll notice the water get a little cloudy. Then pour the quinoa into a mesh strainer and rinse with cold water. Place the quinoa into a small pot and continue with the recipe.

You can use any broth for cooking the quinoa – to keep the quinoa vegetarian, I recommend using a vegetable broth, but you certainly can use chicken broth as well. If you’re out of broth, then cooking the quinoa in water will work fine. Make sure to add some salt, onion powder, or garlic powder to the quinoa to infuse some extra flavor. A half teaspoon of each is a good starting point.

Check for pits – Even if you purchase pitted olives, I strongly recommend feeling around for pits before adding the olives to the salad. It never fails that I find a rogue pit.

Toss in your favorite vegetables – Bell peppers, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts all are super tasty in this quinoa greek salad recipe. 

Supplies

  • Small sauce pot
  • Small and Large Mixing Bowls
  • 16-ounce mason jars
  • Salad bowl
  • Mesh strainer
  • Meal prep containers 
  • Large covered storage bowl

How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad

step by step collage showing how to make greek quinoa salad
  • Start by making the quinoa. First, soak the quinoa in a small bowl of water for a minute. As it soaks, give it a couple of stirs until the water becomes slightly cloudy. Then pour the quinoa into a mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water. 
  • Place the quinoa into a small pot and pour in the vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  • Remove from the heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Cool the quinoa before tossing it with the other salad ingredients. It’s helpful to make the quinoa ahead of time and then keeping it in the fridge until ready to put the rest of the salad together.
  • Put together the greek salad dressing. In a 16-ounce mason jar (or medium bowl), pour in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, and honey. Shake vigorously or whisk together. Set the dressing aside.
  • In a large mixing or salad bowl, add the quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, and feta cheese and mix. 
  • Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat evenly—season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 4-5 days. Please note if you’re making this salad ahead of time for a party, I recommend adding half the dressing the day before the party and the rest of it right before you serve it.
a plate of quinoa salad with feta and olives and vegetables next to a large salad bowl

How to Store

Meal prep for the week

Greek Quinoa Salad is a delicious salad to make for lunches during the week. Prepare the salad on Sunday and then either portion it out into individual meal prep containers or place it into a large covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

As the salad sits, it does soak up a lot of the dressing, so I recommend saving some of the dressing to add to the salad before eating it during the week.

Other make-ahead options

Another meal prep option is to prepare the quinoa and dressing ahead of time. When you’re ready to make the salad, mix with the rest of the ingredients and serve.

greek quinoa salad in meal prep containers.
Greek quinoa salad

Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad – made with quinoa, cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta, and homemade delicious greek vinaigrette. It’s fresh, delicious, and the perfect side dish for your next party or make it to enjoy for lunches all week.

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Course: Salad, salad recipe, Side Dish

Cuisine: American, greek

Keyword: greek quinoa salad, quinoa salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 10 people

Calories: 302kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 ½ vegetable broth can use chicken broth or water
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes (this comes to about one quart) cut the tomatoes in half.
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted greek olives
  • 5-6 mini cucumbers (also called persian cucumbers) cut into half moons
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas drained and rinses
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Greek Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 teaspoons pure honey
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Start by making the quinoa. First, soak the quinoa in a small bowl of water for a minute. As it soaks, give it a couple of stirs until the water becomes slightly cloudy. Then pour the quinoa into a mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water. 

  • Place the quinoa into a small pot and pour in the vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.

  • Remove from the heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Cool the quinoa before tossing it with the other salad ingredients.

  • Put together the greek salad dressing. In a 16-ounce mason jar (or medium bowl), pour in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, and honey. Shake vigorously or whisk together. Set the dressing aside.

  • In a large mixing or salad bowl, add the quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, and feta cheese and mix. 

  • Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat evenly—season with salt and pepper. 

  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 4-5 days. Please note if you’re making this salad ahead of time for a party, I recommend adding half the dressing the day before the party and the rest of it right before you serve it.

Notes

How to Store the Recipe
Meal prep for the week.
Quinoa Greek Salad is a delicious salad to make for lunches during the week. Prepare the salad on Sunday and then either portion it out into individual meal prep containers or place it into a large covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days. As the salad sits, it does soak up a lot of the dressing, so I recommend saving some of the dressing to add to the salad before eating it during the week.
Other make-ahead options.
Another meal prep option is to prepare the quinoa and dressing ahead of time. When you’re ready to make the salad, mix with the rest of the ingredients and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 365mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g

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