This Greek quinoa salad is a protein-packed, gluten-free recipe that loaded with vegetables. It’s a perfect make-ahead salad recipe and it’s hearty enough to be eaten as a main dish!

Greek quinoa salad

Apparently, I’m on a quinoa kick these days. It started with that Mexican Quinoa Bake and continued through the weekend with this Greek quinoa salad. It makes sense because of quinoa a pretty stellar ingredient and it’s super versatile. Plus, it’s something I always have on hand from the bulk bins, so it’s a great recipe staple.

quinoa

What is quinoa?

Quinoa is technically a seed although it cooks like a grain. It’s gluten free and it’s actually a complete source of protein which means it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. It’s pretty affordable, especially if you buy it in the bulk bins, and it lasts for a long time in the pantry!

You can cook it on the stovetop in water or vegetable broth. I like to prepare my quinoa in my rice cooker! It makes perfectly fluffy quinoa every time!

quinoa salad

This recipe is an easy one to throw together and it’s great because it can be served hot, cold, or room temperature. If you wanted to make this a heartier main dish, you could even serve it stuffed in a pita pocket!

greek quinoa salad

Substitution Ideas

  • Feel free to swap out the red bell pepper for any color bell pepper
  • If you want to make this vegan, try using slivered almonds in place of the feta.
  • No quinoa? Try making this with couscous instead!
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Greek Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Description

This Greek quinoa salad is a protein-packed, gluten-free recipe that loaded with vegetables. It’s a perfect make-ahead salad recipe and it’s hearty enough to be eaten as a main dish!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, and let cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, tomatoes, feta, parsley, pepper, and cucumber.
  3. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil, sprinkle with salt and combine.

Keywords: Greek quinoa salad

Since this salad doesn’t contain any leafy greens, you don’t have to worry about it getting soggy. I love packing this for lunches so it’s a perfect meal prep recipe!

Greek quinoa salad

Looking for some other quinoa recipe ideas? Try one of these recipes!

Mexican Quinoa Bake

Quinoa Taco Skillet

Quinoa Stir Fry

If you’re a quinoa fan, what’s your favorite recipe?

This post was originally published May 2014. Updated March 2019.