Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – a light and fresh quinoa salad with tomatoes, green olives and tossed with a lemon vinaigrette.  Great warm or cold all year round!

I am always looking for new healthy side dish recipes that I can get my family to eat. When I ask for ideas, the answer is almost always Side Salad for them. So branching out and getting different grains and veggies is always a win in my book.

This quinoa salad is super easy to make, you can serve it warm or cold, and you can mix up the vegetables in it to suit whatever your family enjoys.

Mediterranean quinoa salad in a bowl

 
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This Mediterranean quinoa salad is great to make in the summer and serve cold. You can take full advantage of the summer produce and it will be a big hit. In the winter I like to serve it warm, and it is a comforting salad to go with just about anything!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Ingredients

  • Quinoa
  • Chicken Broth
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Green Olives
  • Red Onion
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper

I kept the ingredients relatively minimal for this, but it is tossed in a lemon and olive oil dressing that is so good and brings it all together.

Mediterranean quinoa salad in a bowl

How To Make Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

  1. The first step when you are cooking with quinoa is to rinse it until the water runs clear. It can be bitter if you don’t, so make sure to not skip this step.
  2. Combine chicken broth with the rinsed quinoa and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for about 15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. You can use water here, but I think chicken broth gives the salad more flavor.
  3. Meanwhile make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Once the quinoa is cooked toss with the tomatoes, green olives, red onion and parley.
  5. Pour the vinaigrette over the top and toss until everything is well coated.
  6. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Mediterranean quinoa salad in a bowl

What To Serve Quinoa Salad With

It can go with just about anything! It is a very versatile dish, but here are a few of my favorites.

What Vegetables Can I Add

You really can mix in all sorts of different things with this to make it even better!

  • Cucumbers
  • Arugula or Spinach
  • Chickpeas

And it isn’t a vegetable, but crumbled Feta makes a great addition to this salad! And check out this Mexican Quinoa Salad for a fun twist as well.

Mediterranean quinoa salad in a bowl

Storage

You can make this salad ahead and store covered in the fridge until you are ready to serve. You may need to toss a little more lemon juice and olive oil with the quinoa when you serve, it will depend on how long it sits and if your quinoa has absorbed the dressing or not. So just taste a little bit, and add more if necessary.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - a light and fresh quinoa salad with tomatoes, green olives and tossed with a lemon vinaigrette. Great warm or cold all year round!
5 from 7 votes

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

By Erin
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – a light and fresh quinoa salad with tomatoes, green olives and tossed with a lemon vinaigrette. Great warm or cold all year round!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 8 oz grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 7 oz jar Star Pimiento Stuffed Green Olives (low-sodium), chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions 

  • Rinse quinoa until the water runs clear. In a sauce pan combine chicken stock and quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper until well combined.
  • Once cooked mix together quinoa, tomatoes, green olives, red onion, and parsley.
  • Pour vinaigrette over quinoa mixture, and mix well.
  • Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

Option: Add Feta cheese to serve

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 516mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 258
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