Greek Quinoa Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

This easy Greek Quinoa salad is loaded with vegetables and feta cheese and topped off with a red wine vinaigrette. You won’t believe this tasty combination is also good for you!

Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe

This recipe is yet another way to address the fascination with the superfood quinoa and our love of all things Mediterranean. After the success of Quinoa Fruit Salad and adding quinoa to this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili recipe, it’s been a staple of our pantry. Check out the quinoa archives in our recipe index for even more uses!

When it comes to this seed-like grain, I’ve found that there are two distinct camps: 1) those who know all about the health benefits, have tried it, and love it, and 2) those who say…what??? What’s quinoa? I aimed to unify two such groups at a recent family gathering with this Greek Quinoa Salad loaded up with tasty vegetables, like artichokes, cucumbers and tomatoes, and tossed in a red wine vinaigrette. Luckily, we ended up a happy, satisfied bunch.

How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad

One of the nice things about this salad is that it can be made ahead time and served cold.

The quinoa is bathed in a red wine vinegar dressing (which, by the way, is also very tasty on greens.) It is loaded with grape tomatoes, artichokes, red onion and cucumbers and topped with feta cheese crumbles (leave those off for a vegan version.) Red peppers, carrots and hearts of palm peek through when I have them on hand. Are you an olive fan? Throw those in too. Chock full of goodies is just how I like my salads.

Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe with Red Wine Vinaigrette

This is a closer look at the cooked version. It’s done when the grain is soft and translucent and the germ ring is visible around the edges. Quinoa is more like a seed, which makes it gluten free. It’s high in protein and fiber. Read more about this “complete protein” grain in The The Seven Reasons Quinoa is the New Health Food Superstar by Diana Herrington.

Of special note, the grains have a bitter film on them until they are thoroughly rinsed. However, you can buy quinoa that has been pre-rinsed. Guess which route I took? 🙂

Recipe for Greek Quinoa Salad

Putting all the health benefits aside, the best thing about Greek Quinoa Salad is that it just tastes great!

Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe
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Greek Quinoa Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This easy Greek quinoa salad is loaded with vegetables and topped off with a red wine vinaigrette. You won't believe this tasty combination is also good for you!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 404 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa well-rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 14 ounces quartered artichoke hearts 1 can, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion cut into thin slices
  • 1 cucumber peeled and cut in quarters
  • 4 ounce crumbled feta cheese, optional leave off for vegan version
Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed. Grains will be soft and translucent and the germ ring will be visible on the outside of the grain.
  3. Transfer quinoa to serving bowl, fluff with fork and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. To prepare vinaigrette, combine ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously.
  5. Stir in vinaigrette and vegetables.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour to allow the flavors to blend if possible.

  7. Top with feta cheese before serving, if using.
Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a jar with a tight lid. Shake well.
Recipe Notes

Be sure to rinse quinoa well before cooking or use pre-rinsed quinoa.

Nutrition Facts
Greek Quinoa Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 700mg 29%
Potassium 986mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 12.9%
Vitamin C 51.5%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 25.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I just made pretty much the EXACT SAME RECIPE for one of my clients! It’s like we were connected mentally! Too funny:

    http://blog.naturebox.com/post/60803863487/greek-quinoa-salad

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