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Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


10 servings

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
Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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.

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!

  • Kim Voisin
    Aug 28, 2013

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  • jpruittcdp
    Aug 1, 2013

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

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    Jun 23, 2013

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    Jun 20, 2013

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    May 27, 2013

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  • 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.

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    Mar 12, 2012

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    Mar 11, 2012

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