Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

As promised, I'm stopping back in to share this awesome quinoa salad recipe! 

It had been quite some time since I made anything with quinoa. I was craving a refreshing salad yesterday and this Mediterranean inspired one hit the spot

It has a ton of fresh veggies and is great as a meal in itself or along side some grilled chicken breast like I ate it yesterday. 

The Fit Chocoholic: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Recipe Source: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


For the dressing:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¾ tablespoon dried oregano 

For the salad:

1½ cup uncooked quinoa
2½ cup water
1 english cucumber, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ red onion, finely chopped
10 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large handfull kalamata olives, pitted and halved
¼ cup feta cheese
1 large handful italian parsley, chopped

  1. In a medium pot, add the water and quinoa and bring to a boil. After boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook covered for about 15 minutes. 
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl add cucumbers, bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, olives, cheese and parsley. 
  4. Once the quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and add on top of the chopped vegetables. 
  5. Pour the prepared dressing on top and stir together until all ingredients are combined. 
  6. Chill in the fridge for a few hours and serve! 

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