Zesty Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
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.
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
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. oregano
- In a large bowl combine quinoa, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, avocado, feta and parsley.
- 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.
- Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss until salad is coated in dressing.
- Garnish with more parsley and serve.