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Posted by / Saturday, April 25, 2015

Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad. Healthy and easy to make! Perfect as a side or main dish! www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

Colt's been on vacation this week so he could catch up on all the never ending projects that need to be finished.
He spent last weekend with the kids digging a ditch and installing a french drain in the back yard to hopefully cure the small natural spring we had forming in the middle of our grass.
It was constantly like a mud pit year around and of course the dogs and kids would want to walk right through it unless you watched them carefully at the door.
Just for the record we aren't talking just a little bit of mud we are talking halfway up their legs kind of mud.
Hopefully he's finally solved the backyard swamp mystery or he might end up going crazy! 
We just happen to go to small group with a few guys that have perfected the art of growing grass and Colt's swamp has kept him from his dream yard. 
While he was busy with his projects I made this Greek Quinoa Salad.
It's the perfect side dish, lunch or even dinner since quinoa is high in protein.
This is one of my favorite ways to sneak quinoa into the kids at the moment.
They love Greek Salad so it makes an easy transport vessel.
I happened to have some leftover uncooked red quinoa from when I made this Quinoa Shrimp Mango Pomegranate Spinach Salad but any color quinoa would be equally delicious!
I know you'll love this recipe as much as we do! 
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To Make Vinaigrette: In a blender combine 1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar, 2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning,  1/2 teaspoon Honey and 1 clove Garlic.
Blend until mixture becomes creamy and garlic is fully emulsified.
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To Cook Quinoa: Bring 2 cups Water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and stir in 1 cup Quinoa. Turn heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes until water is absorbed.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Refrigerate until cold.
Toss Quinoa with about 1/4 cup of Vinaigrette to coat.
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Add 1 1/2 pints Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half, 1 large English Cucumber Peeled and Chopped, 1/4 cup Red Onion finely diced, 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, 4 ounces Kalamata Olives or Black Olives and 3 ounces Crumbled Feta Cheese.
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Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat well.
Greek Quinoa Salad. Healthy and delicious! www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
Add 2 cups Baby Spinach and toss until well combined.
Refrigerate until cold and enjoy! 


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Greek Quinoa Salad

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Greek Quinoa Salad
Greek Quinoa Salad an easy healthy salad perfect as a side dish, lunch or dinner.
Prep time: PT15M
Cook time: PT20M
Total time: PT2H35M
Yield: 8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 1/2 pints Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 whole Large English Cucumber, Peeled and Roughly Diced
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Seeds Removed and Diced
  • 4 ounces Kalamata Olives Or Black Olives
  • 3 ounces Crumbled Feta
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach
Cooking Directions
  1. To Cook Quinoa: In a small saucepan bring 2 cups water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Stir in quinoa. Turn heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. Allow to cool and refrigerate until cold.
  2. For Vinaigrette: In a blender combined white wine vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, italian seasoning, honey and garlic. Blend until creamy and garlic is fully emulsified.
  3. Toss a 1/4 cup vinaigrette with quinoa and add tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, kalamata olives and feta cheese. Add additional vinaigrette to coat and stir in spinach.
  4. Refrigerate until cold and serve.

5 comments:

  1. Love Quinoa as it always absorbs whatever flavor you add to it! This looks delish!

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  2. I've never eaten quinoa before but your recipe inspires me to do! It looks so healthy!

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  3. This looks so good! Healthy, filling, yummy!

    My husband has put a French drain in our yard before several yards ago. Our yard is a mess this year. I am theorizing because it didn't really freeze, so the yards are just so soppy! A big fat mess!!

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  4. I make something similar, but it definitely doesn't look this pretty! Very lovely and perfect for the warmer weather (to come in my case as Iive in Scotland!)

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Hi! My name is Serena and welcome to my site! I'm a wife and mother to 3. A few of my favorite things are cooking, baking, dark chocolate, family game nights, and the ocean. My biggest dislike is lima beans, please don't ask for a recipe... My husband Colt regularly joins me in the kitchen and has become the primary photographer of our site. I hope you'll join us on our fun cooking adventure!

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