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Greek Quinoa Salad is a crowd pleasing choice when you’re searching for a hearty dish to share at a BBQ, potluck or picnic! Think of a classic Greek Salad with the added heft of delicious quinoa to make it a meal on its own. It travels beautifully, is just as delicious at room temperature as it is cold, straight from the refrigerator, and holds up for days. So it’s perfect for get-togethers and weekday lunches too!

Greek quinoa salad served in a shallow white bowl

Greek Quinoa Salad

This recipe is a riff on my Greek Farro Salad, with all of the same mouthwatering ingredients like vine ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumber, olives, capers, feta cheese, sweet bell pepper, and tangy Greek Salad Dressing, but with quinoa as a base instead of farro. It’s great for people on a gluten free diet (brands vary on this, so make sure to read the package label), and great for people who love quinoa, like me!

Quinoa is a wonder seed that happens to be a complete protein, a rarity among plants. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals and has that adorable little curlicue in the middle when it’s cooked. Most of all, I love it’s nutty flavor and delicate crunch!

How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa has a natural coating that can cause a bitter or soapy flavor, so it’s important to rinse before cooking (read more about it here). Rinsed quinoa takes about 15 minutes to cook, covered in simmering water, and another 5 minutes or so off of the heat to become fully tender. Then uncover and fluff with a fork before serving. Follow package instructions for exact directions.

fluffing cooked quinoa with a fork

Note that you’ll want the quinoa to cool at least to room temperature before assembling this salad.

Give this Greek Quinoa Salad a try for your next weekly meal plan or get-together and I bet it will become a staple salad in your house just like it is in ours!

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How to Make Greek QUinoa Salad

Step 1: Combine vinegar, salt and pepper in a large serving bowl. Whisk in olive oil until emulsified.

whisking greek quinoa salad dressing in the bottom of a wide white bowl

Step 2: Add quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, shallot, olives, capers, oregano and feta; gently toss to combine. Serve.

greek quinoa salad ingredients ready to toss
tossing greek quinoa salad

Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe Video

Greek Quinoa Salad

5 from 12 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Calories: 297
Servings: 6 people
Tender quinoa, crunchy vegetables, cheese and olives tossed in a tangy dressing come together to make Greek Quinoa Salad a hearty and delicious main meal.

Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or more
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa cooled (about 1 cup dry)
  • 4 medium plum tomatoes diced
  • 2 medium cucumbers diced (peeled if necessary)
  • 1 small red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 medium shallot thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 24 pitted kalamata olives halved (or pitted Greek olive mix)
  • 1 tablespoon capers rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 6 ounces feta cheese finely diced or crumbled

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a large salad bowl, whisk together vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue whisking while you add olive oil in a slow steady stream; whisk until emulsified. Add more salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Add quinoa, and next 8 ingredients (tomatoes through feta) to bowl; gently toss to coat and combine. Serve.

Notes

  1. Note that preparation time does not include cooking quinoa or allowing it to cool. Always rinse quinoa until the water runs clear before cooking.
  2. This salad travels well and holds up for a few days in the refrigerator – perfect for weekday desk lunches!
  3. The dressing for this salad is essentially a half recipe of Greek Salad Dressing, a staple in our house!

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 23.9mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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28 Comments

  1. Marsha says:

    5 stars
    This is outstanding! I could eat these flavors everyday, and this makes a perfect weekday lunch. I also plan to try this with other grains…farro and buckwheat.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thank you, Marsha! And great idea to try this salad with different grains.

  2. Samantha says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I substituted farro for the quinoa but for everything else, I followed the recipe. Healthy and perfect for weekday lunches too! I will definitely be making your the Greek dressing for green salads as well. Thank you!

    1. Marissa says:

      That’s fantastic, Samantha! Thank you for coming back to let me know!

  3. Kelly | Foodtasia says:

    5 stars
    Oh yum, Marissa! I’m in love with this salad! My favorite flavors and really digging the quinoa!

    1. Marissa says:

      Thanks, Kelly!

  4. Kevin says:

    5 stars
    Love addition of quinoa to this salad and of course, love all the Greek flavors! Yum!

    1. Marissa says:

      Thanks so much, Kevin!