Try taking your salad to the next level with the addition of a super-seed.
I make salads aaaall the time. It’s one of the easiest meal preps to ensure I am getting a healthy lunch at work. A salad can be changed up in countless ways, from the add-ins to the dressing or even the main ingredient being something different than the typical lettuce. I keep seeing all these recipes for cold quinoa salad. Needless to say, I have been intrigued. I am a carb lover and health nut so I am all about this gluten free superfood. It was time I tried this addition to my salad recipe!
Quinoa is actually a seed, although most people think it is a grain. It’s loaded with protein and high in fiber, while also containing all of the essential amino acids your body needs.
My favorite quinoa to buy is the Ancient Harvest brand, and I prefer the blend that is white, red and black together.
I love Greek food and don’t ever make it on my own. My best friend cooks it so well and used to spoil me with it when we lived together. I figured I would start off easy with just some greens first! For my greek salad ingredients I included cucumber, kalamata olives, tomatoes, feta cheese and a little red onion. Of course I also included some quinoa, which I cooked separately and let cool.
The homemade dressing is what really tops this recipe off! All you need is some simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
– red wine vinegar
– extra virgin olive oil
– dijon mustard
Healthy does not have to be complicated- this was so simple to put together! Just chop the veggies and combine everything in a bowl. Mix in the cold quinoa and drizzle with the homemade dressing. This Greek style quinoa salad will definitely be made again! I haven’t had cold quinoa like this before and it worked better than I was anticipating. Now that I’ve tried it I can’t wait to power up more salad recipes with this good carb!
Greek Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup lettuce
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 tomato
- 1/4 cup olives kalamata
- 2 tbsp feta cheese crumbles
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra vigrin
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp dijon
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 onion red
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Cook the quinoa and let cool. You can make the dressing during this time. I used red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and dijon mustard with a little mined garlic and onion. The seasonings were basil, oregano and a dash of pepper and sea salt.
- Slice the cucumber and tomatoes, then combine with kalamata olives, feta cheese and a little red onion in a bowl with greens. Mix in the cold quinoa and drizzle with the homemade dressing.
Quinoa is one of those power foods you can cook for any meal or use in a snack. I have experimented with it quite a bit and never been disappointed. Now I suppose I need to try quinoa for breakfast too! I found this great list of quinoa for every occasion here.
If you like quinoa, check out the pasta made using this superfood! Although I try to eat gluten free mostly, pasta is definitely my weakness. I have tried many different substitutions but I must say that this is one of my favorites. It holds together just right and besides tasting good I know I am benefitting my body!
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