Quinoa is a fine, protein-rich grain that keeps you full until your next meal, which makes this veggie quinoa salad a wonderful lunchbox filler.
The first thing whenever you’re working with quinoa. You are going to want to work one part quinoa to two parts water. So in your pot, add two cups of water, and to that, add a cup of quinoa.
Turn the heat to high and let the quinoa come up to a boil; once it reaches a boil, pop on a lid, turn down the heat and let it simmer for fifteen minutes.
Although quinoa is considered by many to be in the grain food group, it is technically a seed; quinoa is a Chenopodium plant.
So it’s much higher in protein than most grains, and it cooks much faster, therefore if you are looking for a straightforward, easy, nutritious ingredient to keep on hand quinoa is going to become an excellent friend of yours.
This is my Favorite Quinoa Salad
This quinoa salad is light, crisp, and flavorful, with fresh cherry tomatoes, red onion, parsley, avocado. And olive oil and lemon dressing are used to make it.
The salad reminds me of tabouleh, a Lebanese salad with tomatoes and bulgur that is herbed.
This quinoa salad is also quite simple to make, mainly if you use leftover quinoa. The recipe calls for my preferred quinoa cooking method, which consistently produces fluffy quinoa.
For lunch, picnics, road vacations, and aircraft rides, this salad is ideal.
What Makes This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe So Good?
- Quinoa – is one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods since it is high in fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and all nine essential amino acids.
- Avocados – are the perfect base for this delectable salad since they are buttery smooth and have a mellow flavor.
- Cherry tomatoes – cherry tomatoes are juicy and vibrant, with a more concentrated flavor than their larger counterparts.
- Red onion – is crisp, crunchy, and faintly sweet, but it retains its astringency and adds a beautiful tang to the mellow avocado and sweet tomatoes.
- Feta Cheese – is a good source of calcium and protein, but it also has a lot of sodium and saturated fat.
- Lime juice – this adds a burst of flavor while also preventing the avocado from browning too quickly.
Top Tips For Making the Quinoa Salad
- Although the lime juice prevents the avocado from browning too quickly, you should still serve this salad straight soon!
- When it comes to making the perfect quinoa salad, the quality of the quinoa matters a lot.
- Do you want to have a little fun? Serve your salad with crumbled tortilla chips on top.
How to cook quinoa?
- Rinse the quinoa with water before cooking
- Use twice as much water as quinoa.
- Quinoa is prepared similar to rice, but it cooks faster. Follow the directions on the package.
So how do I know when quinoa is done cooking?
Now you’ll always know that your quinoa is cooked because you’ll see that just a little white germ pops and circles the seed. At that point, the quinoa becomes a light translucent consistency.
Also, I will be working with fresh herbs, “basilic and parsley,” for this salad recipe, it is essential to work with fresh herbs because it brings such a light, bright flavor to the salad you’re just not going to get from dried herbs.
Is quinoa salad low-carb?
Quinoa is a nutritionally gluten-free whole grain, and it’s considered a portion of healthy food with fewer calories than white rice, but it’s high in carbs.
How long does quinoa salad last in the fridge?
This quinoa feta cheese salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, no more than that.
On the other hand, if it is just the quinoa, then you can store uncooked quinoa in an airtight container in a cool, dry place (such as a cupboard) for up to a year.
Or you can store cooked quinoa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze it for up to a month.
Where is quinoa feta cheese salad comes from?
Quinoa comes from the Andes, more specifically from Peru and Bolivia. It is hard to know where the quinoa feta cheese salad came from precisely, but since the ingredients and texture are similar to the Mediterranean recipes, we will be pointing in that direction.
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Authentic Mediterranean Quinoa salad with Feta cheese.
- 2 tsp oregano leaves
- 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 pinch of pepper
- 180 g cooked quinoa
- 200 g feta cheese
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 1 avocado – diced
- 2 tbsp red onion – minced
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- Rinse the quinoa, immerse it in boiling water and add salt. Cook the quinoa for 15 or 20 minutes /depending on your taste, drain and rinse it in cold water.
- Take a salad bowl and add the previously chopped avocado, lemon juice, the herbs, and mix it well.
- Take the cherry tomatoes and cut them in two, add a cup of sliced red onion, rinsed under cold water in a sieve, and cut the feta into small cubes.
- In a large bowl, toss together quinoa, avocados with lemon, cherry tomatoes, feta, red onion, extra virgin olive oil. Mix well.
If you try this Quinoa Feta Cheese Salad or The Tabbouleh Salad Recipe please let me know how it turned out in the comments section below; I will love hearing from you!!