I seem to always have food on my mind, whether it’s something I want to eat or a recipe that I want to create. I’d say it’s a food blogger thing but I’ve been this way since before I had my blog. I guess I’m just a big fan of food.
The other day I was thinking about lunch time at about 10 am. I was in the mood for quinoa and I was craving Greek food. I used to hate quinoa a few years ago so it’s funny that I look forward to creating new recipes with it. Just goes to show ya!
This salad is loaded with healthy quinoa and has a Greek flair to it.
Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe
(About 4 servings)
Ingredients for Dressing:
- 1 to 2 fresh lemons (the goal is 1/4 cup lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Ingredients for Salad:
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 2 cucumbers, chopped
- 20 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 8 ounces feta cheese, chopped
- Cucumber Yogurt Dip (aka Tzatziki Sauce)
- sprinkling of fresh dill, chopped
Directions for Dressing:
- In a small bowl, add the zest of 1 lemon.
- Add the juice of 1 to 2 lemons. (The goal is to get about 1/4 cup lemon juice.)
- Add in the oil.
- Season with salt and pepper and then whisk all of the ingredients together.
Directions for Salad:
- Prepare the quinoa according to the directions on the package.
- In a large bowl, gently mix together the cooked quinoa, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese.
- Drizzle the dressing on top and gently mix everything together.
- After you plate the salad, top with cucumber yogurt dip and sprinkle chopped dill on top.
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
I’ve visited Greece twice and most recently with my husband back in 2010. When you order a salad there you get tomatoes, cucumbers, and a lot of feta cheese (sometimes in one huge block) tossed in a simple lemon or oil dressing of some sort and there is no lettuce at all. Lettuce just isn’t used there for salads like it is here in the U.S.
I’m building my quinoa salad off of a traditional Greek salad, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, and some salty feta. (I seriously cannot get enough of the gorgeous fresh veggies available this time of the year.)
I love, love, love, yogurt cucumber dip (aka tzatziki sauce). If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a yogurt mixed with cucumbers, olive oil, and herbs. In Greece, it’s traditionally served with meats or appetizers. I could eat that stuff with just about anything, like my Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, but today I thought I’d use it as a topping to my salad. It kicks up the “Greek-ness” of this salad.
Greek flair. Check. Now for the quinoa. It makes this salad super hearty and filling.
I whipped this lunch up in less than 30 minutes! Actually, it took me more like 20 minutes but just in case you’re a slower veggie chopper than me I’ve factored in a few additional minutes. 😉
Does your world revolve around food?
Here are some other refreshing salads.