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Greek Quinoa Salad Bowl

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Dive into the Mediterranean with this Greek Quinoa Salad Bowl that is bursting with fresh flavors and wholesome goodness. This dish is the epitome of health meets taste, encompassing vibrant vegetables, hearty quinoa, and a zesty dressing that ties it all together. Perfect for a light lunch or a crowd-pleasing side, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Why Do People Love Cooking This Recipe?

Greek Quinoa Salad Bowl is gaining popularity due to its amalgamation of taste, nutrition, and convenience. The ingredients are easily accessible and the preparation is simple, making it appealing to both novice and experienced cooks. The Mediterranean diet, recognized for its health benefits, is a treasure trove of antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber, which are abundant in this dish. Additionally, it’s a versatile recipe that can be customized to suit individual preferences or dietary needs, and serves as an excellent meal prep option for busy weekdays.

Why Is This Recipe Healthy?

I can affirm that this recipe is packed with essential nutrients. Quinoa is a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, and is also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The vegetables add vitamins C and K, potassium, and antioxidants, which are beneficial for heart health and fighting inflammation. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats which are known to lower bad cholesterol levels. Moreover, the low glycemic index of quinoa makes it suitable for people with blood sugar control issues.

Who Can Eat This Recipe?

This recipe is suitable for almost everyone including vegetarians. However, for those who are vegan, you can omit the feta cheese or use a vegan alternative. People with gluten intolerance will also find this recipe appealing as quinoa is gluten-free.

This Greek Quinoa Salad Bowl is not just a dish, but an experience of flavors and health. Whether you’re looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, or just wanting a burst of freshness, this salad ticks all the boxes. Happy cooking!

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Greek Quinoa Salad Bowl Recipe Details

Greek Quinoa Salad Bowl Recipe Details

amelia-taylor
prep time
15 minutes
cooking time
20 minutes
servings
4
total time
35 minutes

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan with lid

  • Large mixing bowl

  • Small mixing bowl

  • Whisk

  • Knife

  • Cutting board

  • Measuring cups

  • Spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups water or broth

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cucumber, diced

  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted

  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Start by rinsing quinoa under cold water.

2

In a medium saucepan, bring water or broth to a boil, then add quinoa.

3

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until quinoa is cooked and fluffy.

4

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion, and parsley.

5

In a separate small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.In a separate small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.

6

Once quinoa is cooked, let it cool slightly before adding it to the vegetables.

7

Pour the dressing over the quinoa and vegetable mix, and toss to combine. Gently fold in the feta cheese.

8

Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Notes

I recommend rinsing the quinoa thoroughly before cooking to remove any bitterness. Opt for a low-sodium broth to cook the quinoa for an added layer of flavor. When chopping vegetables, try to keep them uniform in size for even distribution of flavors. Don’t shy away from adding a dash of dried herbs such as oregano or thyme to enhance the Greek essence. For the dressing, use a high-quality extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice to elevate the taste. Letting the salad sit for a few minutes before serving will allow the flavors to meld together beautifully.
Amelia Taylor
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