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Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad Recipe

Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad Recipe

Packed with flavorful power foods, this salad is as delicious as it is healthy and good for you. Served cold, it's perfect for picnics and outdoor gatherings. —Julie Stockel, Farmington Hills, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup Greek olives, pitted and halved
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat Greek or Italian salad dressing, divided


  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from the heat.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, spinach, cheese, tomatoes, beans, cucumber, pepperoncini and olives. Pour 1/2 cup dressing over quinoa mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 3. Just before serving, drizzle remaining dressing over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 184 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 472mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat

Reviews for Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Wonderful! Made it exactly as written. For dressing I used my favorite: Ken's Lite Northern Italian w/ Basil & Romano."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

"Delicious and very easy. Followed the recipe as written with the exception of using fresh spinach which worked perfectly. This recipe is definitely at the top of our list!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"Thought this was really great! Will make again for sure."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"First time trying quinoa and I really liked this; my husband, who is the one who wanted to try it, just thought it was OK. I left out the olives because we don't like them and used fresh spinach, as suggested. The feta really came through strong, but I thought it was good like that."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Good stuff! This was my first try at quinoa, and it made it very approachable!"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"I have made this a few times with the same results . This is a keeper. I keep giving out this recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Excellent flavor! I have made it over and over."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Loved this recipe, and have made it several times. Since black beans don't strike me as particularly greek, I have substituted chick peas and white beans. Both have been fine. Found a perfect homemade greek vinaigrette on another site: 1/2c olive oil, 1/2c red wine vinegar, 1 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, oregano, basil; 1tsp each pepper, salt, onion powder, dijon mustard, juice of 1 lemon. As the other reviewers said, fresh spinach is much better, but frozen works. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"This is really good. I haven't tasted it yet after it sits in the fridge for a while. I am hoping that the flavors blend together a little in there. Always looking for yummy quinoa recipes and I found one!!!! Thank you"

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"This recipe was incredible. I only used 1/2 the amount of peppers since some of my friends don't like spicy food. I would absolutely make this over and over again."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"We loved this recipe, for a nice, healthy choice. I also used chopped fresh spinach and now can't imagine not using fresh.


Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"This was my first time making was delicious! We didn't have cherry tomatoes, so I seeded a vine-ripened tomato and chopped it up. Passed this one around at work!!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This is super tasty! The pepperoncinis give it a nice kick. I used fresh chopped baby spinach as another reviewer suggested."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2009

"I have been trying several recipes with quinoa. It is a very good whole grain, and digests slowly so that you feel satisfied longer. This recipe was a hit with my family including my 5 year old. I will definately make this again!"

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009

"that would be "winner" not "winnder". : )"

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009

"OMG!! This is SOOOO GOOD! I couldn't stop eating it. I've read about the health benefits of quinoa, but this was the first recipe I've tried. A winnder for sure!"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009

"Quinoa is normally found with in the rice and pasta aisles. You can also find it at bulk food stores though your will have to rinse the quinoa first."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"This sounds good. But I have never heard of Quinoa where do you find it?"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"This was a wonderful salad. I made two changes - used chopped fresh baby spinach instead of frozen/thawed; and halved the grape tomatoes. I served it in pitas with slices of red onion. I will definitely make again."

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