Jun 12
2013

Quinoa Greek Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta

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Quinoa Greek Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta
Quinoa Greek Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta | cookincanuck.com #recipe #quinoa

Isn’t there some saying about the lazy days of summer? I must be doing something wrong because my summertime groove isn’t grooving yet. Each day, an overwhelming urge to nap hits at about 4pm. This is typically on the heels of supervising playdates, driving the kids to various activities, setting up sprinklers and supersoaker wars and…oh yeah…working. It seems I’m not quite in the swing of whole “lazy day” thing and I need another week or so until I get my summertime groove back.

Keeping up with this new pace of life means that easy lunch and dinner recipes are even more necessary than ever. This quinoa salad, with the flavors of a traditional Greek salad, comes together quickly and can be served as a side dish or a full meal. If you want to serve it as the main course, add some chickpeas or cannellini beans for a hit of protein.

If you want to make mealtime prep even faster, some of that quinoa that you have stored away in your freezer. What? No ziploc bags of quinoa in your freezer? Believe me, this is a time-saver that you don’t want to miss.

You remember this photo that I slaved over for my post on How to: Freeze Quinoa, right? Yeah, one of my crazier moments.

How to: Freeze Quinoa {And Quinoa Recipe Link-Up} #quinoa #healthy
How to: Freeze Quinoa

This recipe requires about 3 cups of cooked quinoa. Gently stir in halved grape tomatoes, cubed cucumbers, feta cheese and Kalamata olives, then toss with a simple dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar and oregano.

That’s it. Done.

Now you have some extra time to enjoy those “lazy” summer days.

The recipe:

In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until all of the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.

Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Cheese | cookincanuck.com #salad #quinoa

Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Let it cool to room temperature.

Transfer the quinoa to a medium-sized bowl and add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta cheese. Stir gently to combine.

Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Cheese | cookincanuck.com #salad #quinoa

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, salt and pepper.

Quinoa Greek Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta | cookincanuck.com #recipe #quinoa

Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine. Serve.

Other summer salad recipes:

Healthy Summer Salad Recipes | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Salad with Feta, Chickpeas & Mint
MJ & Hungryman’s Orange, Farro & Beet Salad
Making Thyme for Health’s Roasted Corn & Tomato Summer Salad with Lemon-Basil Yogurt Dressing
Cooks Joy’s Cucumber Pineapple Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes approximately 4 1/2 cups

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Calories per serving: 213.5 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 11.3g / Saturated Fat 1.9g

Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta Cheese

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup quartered cucumber rounds
  • 1/4 cup quartered kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until all of the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Let it cool to room temperature.
  3. Transfer the quinoa to a medium-sized bowl and add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta cheese. Stir gently to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine. Serve.

Notes

Calories 213.5 / Total Fat 11.3g / Saturated Fat 1.98g / Cholesterol 5.6mg / Sodium 254mg / Total Carbohydrates 23.6g / Fiber 2.2g / Sugar 2.5g / Protein 5.0g / WW (Old Points) 5 / WW (Points+) 6

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 12, 2013 at 5:08 am

This salad is so perfect for summer. Love it!!

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2 Kim | Making 40 Fantastic June 12, 2013 at 5:27 am

I am yet to find my summer groove either…. sickness prevented me from prepping and getting my head on straight before the kids were out and now I’m playing catch~up. :) Looking forward to feeling the lazy days of summer too! I’ve never thought to freeze quinoa and anxious to try that. I love it but usually make too much then throw it out! VERY fun picture… and looking forward to trying the freezing method and this salad!

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3 Tieghan June 12, 2013 at 5:56 am

This is so pretty and I love all these flavors! Such a prefect light and healthy salad!

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4 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 12, 2013 at 7:05 am

I could eat Greek Salad in any shape or form every day of the week. This is gorgeous Dara!

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5 Maria June 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

One of my favorite salads! We make this all summer long!

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6 Kulsum Kunwa June 12, 2013 at 7:15 am

I love greek salad and this with quinoa is great I’m sure!

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7 carrian June 12, 2013 at 7:22 am

We love greek anything and this one looks especially lovely!

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8 bellini June 12, 2013 at 7:28 am

This recipe comes just in time as I have a container of cooked quinoa in the fridge from another project. Now to freeze it or make salad……

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9 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough June 12, 2013 at 7:37 am

Mmmm, this looks so fresh and delicious! Love that it’s so easy to whip up (perfect for these busy summer days!)

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10 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan June 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

I remember that quinoa picture, love it! Annnd need this salad in my body stat!

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11 Liz June 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

Sounds and looks wonderful. Thank you.

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12 Brianna June 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

Yummy! What a delicious sounding summer salad. It’s so pretty too, perfect for a backyard party :)

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13 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts June 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

Dara,
This is a wonderful looking salad. I bet I could use the sun dried tomatoes I’ve got in the fridge while I wait for the tomatoes to ripen around here.
Thanks!

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14 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

One of my favorite summer salads!

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15 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

Gorgeous! I want a big bowl of this salad for lunch today!

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16 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare June 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I just posted a quinoa salad last week! Must be something in the air. This one looks so good! You really can get super creative with quinoa. I love all of these flavors. I’ve got to try this! :)

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17 Mr. & Mrs. P June 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Such a fresh and delicious salad!! Love the bright summery colors

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18 Carla @ Carlas Confections June 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Oh man I am loving this! Pinned! I love the tiny little quinoa speckled everywhere. So pretty :D

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19 Cassie June 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I love quinoa all ways. Great flavors, Dara!

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20 Min June 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Hi Dara! Your blog is so lovely! Your pictures are stunning and the recipes all sound so delicious. I love quinoa in salads! Ever since I succeeded in getting my husband into liking it, I have to make sure to cook extra batches. Freezing quinoa sounds like the perfect solution. Thank you so much for the mention! I sure do appreciate it.

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21 nessa June 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I looove quinoa! This is a must-make!

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22 sippitysup June 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I bet you still cringe when you quinoa and tweezers in the same room. GREG

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23 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Love quinoa! This looks delicious!

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24 Megan {Country Cleaver} June 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

This totally puts me in the mood for a picnic Dara! Gorgeous.

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25 addie | culicurious June 13, 2013 at 5:11 am

i love any version of Greek salad and this one looks amazing! Love quinoa! :)

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26 Carrie's Experimental Kitchen June 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I love the simplicity of this salad and it looks gorgeous.

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27 Nutmeg Nanny June 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

My favorite type of salad! I love all things greek :)

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28 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

This is gorgeous, Dara! I love Greek meals and I’d love to make this!

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29 Shawn @ I Wash You Dry June 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

We are still waiting for summer to begin up here in Canada! But oh, how I love the flavors of Greek, and I am certainly in love with Quinoa! What a great recipe!

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30 Sarah June 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Making it now for our Father’s Day cookout tomorrow… it already looks delicious, and I can’t wait to eat it! :)

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31 Tammy July 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I’ve been looking for a non-mayonnaise-y salad side dish for an upcoming dinner party and this looked great. I literally JUST made it and it’s delicious! Can’t wait to see how it tastes after a few hours in the fridge for the flavors to blend — I think it will be even better. This looks like a regular addition to my salad options. Thanks!

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32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

Tammy, I’m so glad to hear that! I hope it was a hit at your dinner party.

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33 Tammy July 18, 2013 at 3:50 am

Dara — it was a HUGE hit — even after I realized that I mistakenly used couscous instead of quinoa! Believe me, that works, too. We love it and have already made it twice.

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34 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

Tammy, I’m so glad it turned out! And now I’ll have to try it with couscous, too. :)

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