Zesty Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

 

Quinoa
Quinoa is technically a seed, but it cooks and tastes like a grain. It's ideal for salads—warm or cold—and can be used in soups, as a pilaf-like side dish, or formed into patties to make homemade veggie burgers. And because it's a complete protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), it's an excellent ingredient to use in vegetarian dishes.


Prep Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
15 minutes

Yields
4-6 servings


INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SALAD
3 c. cooked quinoa
2 medium cucumbers, chopped
1 pt. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/2 c. crumbled feta
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

FOR THE DRESSING
1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 clove garlic, minced
kosher salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. oregano


DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl combine quinoa, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, avocado, feta and parsley.
  2. Make dressing: In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, honey and garlic. Season with salt, red pepper flakes and oregano and whisk until combined.
  3. Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss until salad is coated in dressing.
  4. Garnish with more parsley and serve.

 

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