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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad! A healthful and flavorful quinoa salad recipe that comes together quickly, this dish is perfect for hitting the reset button without sacrificing satisfaction!

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Kitchen Prep

Ingredients

For Quinoa

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • cups water
  • cups zucchini diced
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes sliced or quartered
  • cup pepperoncini or hot sweet peppers chopped
  • cup crumbled feta cheese

For Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove minced or grated

Instructions

Make Quinoa

  • In a small pot, combine dry quinoa and water over high heat. Place the lid on the pot. Bring to a boil and allow to bubble for 1 minute, then reduce heat to low and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Once most of the water is absorbed, stir, then replace lid and allow to steam on warm burner (you can turn it off) for another 3-5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then set aside to cool.

For Vinaigrette

  • In a jar with a tight lid, combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Shake vigorously until the mixture is emulsified (it'll turn a creamy yellow color).

Assemble Quinoa Salad

  • In a large bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, chopped veggies and cheese. Pour vinaigrette over top and toss to combine.
  • Serve warm, at room temperature or cold from the fridge.