Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa mixed with slices of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, olives, and feta cheese.

Quinoa mixed with slices of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, olives, and feta cheese.

A simple and fairly quick dish to make, this is something I just came up with when my father asked me to try a Thai quinoa salad recipe he cut out from a newspaper. Liking the idea of a quinoa salad but not finding the Thai version particularly interesting, I decided to make a more Mediterranean-style salad which better appealed to my tastes using our leftovers veggies, and it was actually pretty tasty. (´・ω・`)

Ingredients (yields 3 large servings)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1&1/2 cup water
1/2 large red onion
1/2 English cucumber
1 tomato
1/4 pound feta cheese
5 tbsp green olives
1 lemon
Seasoning
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp oregano
1 tsp salt

Steps
1. Thoroughly rinse uncooked quinoa by putting it in a strainer and putting it under the tap, mixing it with your hands to make sure all of it gets washed. (The quinoa will taste pretty bitter if you skip this step.)
2. Toss washed quinoa into a pot and turn the heat to high.
3. Throw in your salt and toast the quinoa for about a minute, stirring it around and making sure the salt is mixed in.
4. Add your water to the pot and bring it to a boil before putting on the lid and switching to minimum heat.
5. Simmer the quinoa on minimum for about 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
6. Once all the water is absorbed by the quinoa, turn off the heat and let it sit with the lid on for about 10 more minutes, or until the quinoa gets nice and fluffy.
7. In the meantime, chop up your vegetables and add them to a large bowl.
8. Dice the red onion and tomato, roughly chop the cucumber, chop the feta cheese into squares, half the olives, and mince the garlic.
9. Once quinoa is done, add it to your bowl of veggies, squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon, season with oregano, and mix it all up.
10. Serve!

Notes:
Some people like to add 2 tbsp or so of olive oil and/or red wine vinegar, but I don’t. I believe the dish is flavourful enough thanks to the lemon juice and doesn’t really need the extra help, but you can add some if you want to. It’s your salad, enjoy it the way you like. (´・ω・`)

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About Chef Treble

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Posted on August 14, 2015, in Grain & Starch, Greek / Mediterranean, Lunch and Dinner, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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