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Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad

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
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Just before serving, drizzle remaining dressing over salad; toss to coat.
Editor's Note
Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Nutrition 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: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

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  • slrip
    Feb 23, 2015

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

  • JkayC
    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!

  • jpruittcdp
    Aug 1, 2013

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

  • s_pants
    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.

  • Pinstripes
    Jan 5, 2012

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

  • rachadwick
    Aug 2, 2011

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

  • corrie36
    Apr 4, 2011

    Excellent flavor! I have made it over and over.

  • kmdshops
    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!

  • rnahol
    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

  • KPritch12
    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.