Greek Quinoa Salad

by Suzanne on April 27, 2012

in Soup & Salad

Have you ever heard of Quinoa (Keen-wah)? I hadn’t until I started food blogging and then I started to see the use of this wonderful little grain or seed spring up all over the place. Let’s talk about what it is and why you might want to try it out in your diet.

  •  Quinoa may be new to you and me but it dates back to the Inca Indian civilization some 3000-4000 years ago where it was grown in the Andean Regions of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Columbia.
  •  The dried form of quinoa looks like bird seeds, but when cooked they break open and the texture of cooked quinoa can be compared to couscous but with a slightly nutty flavor.
  • If you are a gluten free or a vegetarian then most likely you’ve heard of this power packed grain or seed. For those of us that are new to quinoa you will be interested to know that it’s high in protein tipping the scale at 14 grams per 3.5 ounce, but that’s not all it has going for it.
  • Quinoa has good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron plus all 9 essential amino acids. We should be including quinoa in our diets more often to get the great health benefits it offers.
  • How do you cook quinoa? It’s simple, just like you would cook rice and the cooking liquid can be easily exchanged for broth or stock to give it added flavor.
  • If your curious where to find this little powerful grain just check your grocery store or health food market.  I’ve included  some links to other ways of using quinoa at the bottom of my post so don’t forget check them out.

Greek Quinoa Salad

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 1/2 cup chicken broth
1 carrot shredded
1/2 a cucumber sliced
1 large tomato chopped
1 small can of black olives sliced or kalamata olives pitted and sliced
2 green onions sliced
3-4 oz. feta cheese
2 T. chopped parsley
Greek Vinaigrette from:Dinners, Dishes and Desserts and Simply Scratch
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper

Step 1:  Wash the quinoa by rinsing under cold water. Then in medium saucepan heat the chicken broth until it comes to a boil, then add the quinoa. Stir the quinoa let it come to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 10-20 minutes to let the liquid soak in.
Step 2:  While the quinoa cools prepare the vegtables by washing, and slicing and putting into a medium-large serving bowl.
Step 3:  Make the Greek vinaigrette by combining all the ingredients and shaking vigorously.
Step 4:  When quinoa is cool, add it to the bowl with the vegtables, then add 1/2 cup of vinaigrette and toss gently.  Taste salad and adjust seasonings then refrigerate until ready to serve.

If you liked this recipe then you might enjoy these recipes from some other great food bloggers:

Bell Pepper & Quinoa Salad
Roasted Asparagus & Spinach Quinoa Salad
Breakfast Quinoa
Quinoa Burgers
Quinoa Salad with fruit
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Quinoa Flatbread
Curried Quinoa Salad

First photo courtesy of Istock

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1 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

I love your salad. I make a curried quinoa salad that I swear is vegetarian crack. I even eat it for a snack.

Can’t wait to try yours. Bet it will make me smile too.

2 Suzanne April 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

LOL, Maureen I love your comment vegetarian crack :)! I do like curry so I will have to go check out your recipe and try it soon.

3 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

What a great salad! I am going to have to make more of this dressing to try this. Even hubby wondered what it would be like to use that on Quinoa and make as a “pasta salad”.

4 Suzanne April 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Thanks you Erin for the Greek vinaigrette recipe, I know you will love this.

5 Jen L @ Tartine and Apron Strings April 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

There are som many things we can make with quinoa! Really versatile! I wish I had all the time in the world to try the many variations, but your Greek salad version is probably the easiest and healthiest for me to do so! Will pin when I get home (commenting from Blackberry). Lol

6 Suzanne April 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

thank you Jen, I really don’t see how you do all you do!

7 Priscilla @ShesCookin April 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Yay, another great quinoa recipe to add to my rotation! Thanks for including my Quinoa Tabbouleh, Suzanne 🙂

8 Suzanne April 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

your so welcome Priscilla glad to include you 🙂

9 Liren April 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

Love quinoa, and this salad looks so good, perfect for the grilling I have planned this weekend!

10 Suzanne April 28, 2012 at 1:37 am

thank you Liren, I hope we get to see what your grilling this weekend in a future post.

11 Choc Chip Uru April 28, 2012 at 5:22 am

This salad sounds wonderfully exotic yet healthy and delicious 😀
Great recipe!

Choc Chip Uru

12 Sandra's Easy Cooking April 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm

This sounds so good and at the same time beautiful! Loving the recipe and your photos are mouthwatering! Totally yum!

13 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Me too, I’ve never seen this many quinoa recipes until I started blogging. No one around me made quinoa and I didn’t know it’s so versatile until I see so many recipes with it. Suzanne, your salad looks very refreshing and delicious. Nice to learn more about quinoa too!

14 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) April 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

I adore quinoa salad and yours look fresh and vibrant. Thank you for sharing information about the benefits of quinoa – I knew it was good for you and now I know why. Have a great rest of the weekend.

15 The Café Sucré Farine April 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

This looks delicious! I love your pictures – should be in a magazine! Also love the Mediterranean flavors here!

16 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) April 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I have some quinoa sitting on the counter waiting to be used. Thanks for the inspiration to make this beautiful salad! 🙂

17 Magic of Spice April 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I adore quinoa, and your salad looks so refreshing! Always love having new inspirations for these beauties 🙂

18 mjskit April 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

This salad looks delicious! I’ve only made one dish with quinoa and have some left in the pantry. This definitely looks like one to make! Love all of the flavors.

19 Suzanne May 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thank You. I hope you get a chance to try it out soon.

20 Amy (Savory Moments) April 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

Your quinoa looks very fresh and yummy! I enjoy quinoa, but I think my favorite is eating it for breakfast as a hot cereal.

21 Suzanne May 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Amy, I do need to try it the hot cereal way I know I would love it too.

22 Terra April 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

You know I adore quinoa, so I am totally loving this salad!!! I love anything with olives, the kalamata olives would give it a great flavor:-) Hugs, Terra

23 Suzanne May 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Thanks Terra xoxox

24 Deborah May 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I saw this on Pinterest. Tried it today. Outstanding. This will be making a frequent appearance on our dinner table.

25 Suzanne May 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Awe thanks you Deborah, I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know

26 Reeni May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I discovered quinoa through blogging too! I love it now! Your Greek creation looks and sounds absolutely delish! All my favorite flavors.

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