Vegetarian Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Serving Size: Serves 8  |  Prep time: 10min  |  Cook Time: 15min  |  Total Time: 25min

 

This Vegetarian Mediterranean Quinoa Salad will be your new favorite salad recipe!

You may know that a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, whole grains, and fish offers many heart-healthy benefits. Research has also shown that a Mediterranean diet may also benefit your brain! This savory salad is exploding with flavor and ready in less than 30 min. — It’s fresh and light and perfect to enjoy as a meal or as a side!

 

INGREDIENTS

Quinoa Salad: 

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked (about 1 cup uncooked)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, finely chopped (substitute fresh tomatoes if desired)
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (substitute vegan feta cheese if desired)

 

Lemon Oregano Dressing: 

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. To prepare the salad mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If there is any ingredient you like more of feel free to add more!
    2. Mix all the salad dressing ingredients together in a small jar. Cover with the lid and shake until incorporated.
    3. Pour half the salad dressing onto the quinoa salad and give it a taste. If you like more dressing, add more. Otherwise reserve leftover dressing for other salads.

 

Recipe Notes:

  • I usually use about half of the salad lemon oregano dressing on this salad. The rest I keep stored in my fridge. This salad is great to bring to parties & potlucks!
  • If there are any ingredients in this salad your not a fan of you can leave them out. 
  • Prepare your quinoa in advance and store it in the fridge to make this recipe even faster. 

 

Serving Size: 1 bowl  |  Calories: 361  |  Sugar: 5g  |  Fat: 14g  |  Saturated Fat: 2g  |  Carbohydrates: 47g  |  Fiber: 8g  |  Protein: 12g

Recipe by: choosingchia


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