Nutritious food

Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe & Other Summer Salads

By: Laura Haddox, NDTR

My absolute favorite thing about the summer when it comes to food is the abundance of beautiful and nutritious produce that is available. Though there are several ways to prepare these delectable fruits and vegetables, one of the best ways to enjoy them is in a salad. This greek quinoa salad is full of flavor and packed with healthy ingredients. The best thing about this recipe is that it tastes even better the next day. Leftovers, anyone?

Greek Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Quinoa (dry, uncooked)
  • 1 3/4 cups Water
  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Arugula
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup Cucumber
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the quinoa and water together in a pot. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Mix in 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  2. While quinoa is cooking halve the cherry tomatoes, chop arugula and basil.
  3. Combine olive oil and balsamic together and mix into quinoa, then add all remaining ingredients.
  4. Divide into portions and ENJOY!

NOTES:

  1. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to four days. Freeze for up to one month.
  2. One serving equals approximately one cup.
  3. More Flavor Cook the quinoa using chicken broth. If you prefer to use your own dressing you can substitute it instead of the balsamic and oil.
  4. Additional Toppings: Olives, bell pepper, use chopped spinach instead of arugula

If this salad doesn't appeal to you, check the list below for more yummy recipes you can try out. Salads are a great way to up your fiber and fruit/vegetable intake, so find the one that works for your tastebuds and enjoy!

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