My sister made a great Greek Quinoa Salad for a family function this summer and it was a huge hit! So I decided to whip up a version of my own that can be paired with any protein you like for a well balanced clean eating meal. We had ours with BBQ chicken thighs but feel free to pair this with a nice steak, fillet of salmon or sliced pork tenderloin! Fresh and full of those delicious Greek flavours. Ever wonder why we are always using quinoa in our recipes? Check out http://healthnfitnesshops.com/7-health-benefits-of-quinoa.html/ for a full run down of the health benefits of this super food!
Greek Quinoa Salad (makes 8 servings):
1 cup quinoa (measured dry)
1.5 cup stock (any flavour is fine, we used vegetable)
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup diced red pepper
1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
10 sliced Kalamata olives
1 small onion, diced
2 oz feta, crumbled
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp oregano (dried)
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper (more to taste if needed)
1) Put the quinoa in a saucepan with the broth by bringing to a boil then reducing the heat to low (cover at this point and simmer about 15 mins or until cooked)
2) Mix together the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, honey, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
3) Once all the ingredients are diced, put them in a large bowl, add the quinoa once cooked and cooled slightly. Ad din the dressing, toss and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. We had ours with bbq chicken thighs on top to make this a great well balanced mid week meal!
Macronutrient Breakdown (per serving):