Hello again, Bless This Mess readers! I’m so excited to be sharing one of our new favorite meals with you today: Think Greek Quinoa Salad! Quinoa is one of those great high-protein grains that can keep you full for hours.
I also love these quinoa recipes: Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowls (Meatless/GF), Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn and Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole.
Think Greek Quinoa Salad
It can be a touch strong on its own sometimes, but it’s just divine with a great dressing. This lemon-oregano dressing is just the ticket. The quinoa will absorb all that goodness and the flavor will pull everything together.
To fill this out more, you can serve it along with some chicken, like we do, or add in a can of white beans. It’s very customizable. I like a high vegetables/goodies-to-quinoa ratio, but I’ve provided a range for the ingredients. Do what works best for you!
One final note: I love peperoncinis, but I don’t love the dye that’s in so many brands. I recently happened upon Jeff’s Naturals brand. No dye, just great quality, delicious peppers.
Can you make quinoa salad ahead of time?
This is an excellent salad to make ahead of time. It gets more delicious with a few hours under its belt, and kept well overnight. It works well at a picnic or potluck (no mayonnaise!) and is great to have on hand for a hearty, delicious lunch when you need one.
Can I substitue quinoa for something else?
Not a quinoa fan? You could certainly toss this into some cooked rice or orzo pasta, or skip the grains entirely and toss the lot with several big handfuls of greens. Can’t get enough of feta? Feel free to add a bit. Whatever you fancy.
Is Quinoa healthy?
Yes! Quinoa has double the protein of rice which will keep you full longer. It is also high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals. Total win!
Think Greek Quinoa Salad is high in protein and will keep you full for hours. Perfect side salad for any occasion.
For the salad:
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa (makes 3 cups cooked)
- 1 baby cucumber or 1/2 large cucumber, sliced
- 1/2–1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 1/2–3/4c baby tomatoes, halved
- 1/2–3/4c baby spinach, torn or sliced thinly
- 1/2c sliced olives (kalamata or black olives)
- 2–4 Tbsp finely minced red onion
- a few peperoncinis for garnish, sliced if you like
For the dressing:
- 1/4c fresh lemon juice
- 1/4c olive oil
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp honey (more or less, to taste)
- 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/4–1/2 tsp dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- First, prepare the quinoa. Rinse quinoa in a strainer, then add to a medium saucepan with 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow to boil 5 minutes, then cover the pot, remove from heat, and let steam 15 minutes, or till water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool a bit.
- While the quinoa is cooking, whisk the dressing together. Add lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a liquid measuring cup or small bowl and whisk until well blended. Taste and add additional honey, oregano, salt or pepper to taste.
- When quinoa is slightly cooled, toss it with the vinaigrette, cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, spinach, and olives. Add a few peperoncinis for good measure, and refrigerate until the whole mixture is nice and chilled.
- Category: Side
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: Serves 5 as a side
- Calories: 271
- Sugar: 10.1g
- Sodium: 59.7mg
- Fat: 7.6g
- Carbohydrates: 45.1g
- Protein: 8g
- Cholesterol: 0.3mg
Keywords: Quinoa, Healthy, Greek Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Looking for more delicious sides? Check these out:
- Zucchini Side Dish
- Deli-Style Broccoli Salad
- Easy Apple Spinach Salad with an Apple Vinaigrette
- Grandma Lucy’s Baked Beans Recipe
- Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
- Green Beans with Butter and Bacon
- Easy Roasted Chickpeas
- Easy Apple Cabbage Salad with Pecans
- Very Veggie Asian Pasta Salad
- Thai Chopped Salad with the Best Peanut Dressing
This would be perfect to take to a BBQ this weekend wouldn’t it! Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope you enjoy this Quinoa Salad.