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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe made healthy with quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese and olives. Packed with protein, fiber and flavour. | ifoodreal.com

Bob’s Red Mill was generous enough to offer 3 lucky winners a set of 5 whole grains. They were generous enough to supply me one too. Of course, I put quinoa to good use right away and made Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe.

When I combine feta, olives and red onion together, I think of a Mediterranean right away. Although I’ve never been. It’s on my “when-kids-grow-up-and-i-have-money” list. Ha, why can’t I have a dream?!

Anyways. Add Ukrainian staple veggies like tomato, cucumber and bell peppers (summer meals in Ukraine are not known without those) and Middle Eastern avocado (Alex lived in Israel for 10 years and says avocados grow everywhere, over there)?! Gotta trust my man, Alex, on this one.

And then…you add our beloved quinoa, that’s like new rice. Well, maybe it’s nothing new to you but I’m trying to keep my promise to my sweet buddy Nicole and post salads.

Huuuuuge confession: we do not eat a lot of salads in this house since I invented my Superfood Chia Green Smoothie. We drink that at least once a day. Alex always gets lucky last night leftovers because he is the first one up in the morning. But I don’t mind. Anything to keep my awesome man healthy and young!

P.S. I’m not sure how a simple healthy salad recipe turned out to be all about Alex. Love, I guess. Enjoy this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded & finely chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, peel & core removed, chopped
  • 2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley or cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 10 Kalamata olives, pitted & cut in halves
  • 1 lemon or lime, juice of
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder


  1. Cook quinoa al dente. I like firm quinoa for salads, so I undercook it by 3 minutes and use ratio of 1 cup quinoa:1.25 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Or you can cook it as per package instructions.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large salad bowl and gently mix just enough to combine. I do not make dressing separately for this type of salad but you could by whisking together lemon (lime) juice, cumin, black pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  3. Serve cold.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1 cup:
Calories: 205.7
Total Fat: 8.6 g
Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
Sodium: 457.8 mg
Total Carbs: 29.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
Protein: 6.0 g
WW Points+: 6

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  1. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    I just recently started cooking with quinoa (I know, I’m a little late in the game). So I’ve been looking for recipes to try. This looks amazing! I love the mediterranean flare. 🙂 Definitely a must try!

  2. Ingrid

    I’m gonna try your recipe. I cook quinoa is bulk in my electric pressure cooker & freeze in 1 C portions so I’m never without it. Even feed it to my parrots.

  3. Pam

    Just made this recipe. Wonderful. Definitely will make again and again! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Silvana

    Just made this recipe, it was delicious. The whole family loved it and it’s all gone.

  5. Jan

    I love the salad, but the dressing is too thick. I had to add quite a bit more lemon juice than called for.

  6. cindi

    made this salad last night, eating it today for lunch…is 1 TBSP of garlic correct? the garlic overpowers the taste of the other ingredients.

  7. Jenny

    This looks fantastic. Just wondering if I should use Parsley or Cilantro and Lemon or Lime? I am thinking Parsley and Lemon. Thanks!



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