Healthy Tomato Avocado Quinoa Salad with Feta

Tossed in a homemade feta vinaigrette and sprinkled with fresh parsley, this Healthy Tomato Avocado Quinoa Salad with Feta is a super refreshing salad perfect for a hot summer day!

Tossed in a homemade feta vinaigrette and sprinkled with fresh parsley, this Healthy Tomato Avocado Quinoa Salad with Feta is a super refreshing salad perfect for a hot summer day!

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a blog.

Behind every blog we read lies an entire life behind the curtain, an entire world really. Some bloggers choose to bare it all, while some strive to keep things as structured and professional as possible. I fall somewhere in between. Sometimes you’re greeted with a the most random of rambles. Other times I show up food in hand, no questions asked and no explanation given, just a merry little reminder to eat your veggies and a recipe to help you do just that.

The less we reveal, the more things appear all neat and tidy… a perfect little blog wrapped up with a shiny bow. No thanks, I’ll own my crazy.

Life is messy, chaotic even. It’s crazy wrapped in awesome wrapped in a layer of WTF and a sprinkle of sweetness for good measure.

While I may be able to craft a crazy good veggie burger with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back, my house will always be slightly [and/or colossally] messy. There will be toys and books scattered throughout nearly ever inch of my home, toilet paper unrolled as a prop for a rager of a toddler dance party, and the sink will always house at least one dish. Or twenty.

You know what? I think I’m perfectly okay with that.

Tossed in a homemade feta vinaigrette and sprinkled with fresh parsley, this Healthy Tomato Avocado Quinoa Salad with Feta is a super refreshing salad perfect for a hot summer day!

The simplicity of this tomato avocado quinoa salad is the perfect offset for the chaos in my life lately.

It’s full of flavor, packed with nutrients, and is so stinkin’ good that you’ll forget anything else exists outside for a bit.

The recipe makes a little more dressing than you’ll actually need for the quinoa, so get excited to drizzle it over a big veggie-loaded salad the following day or simply double this recipe. I’ve been dying to make it again but literally every time I cut open an avocado I get a pouty-lipped puppy face from my daughter and wind up handing it over.

sidenote: my favorite veggie? Totally a fruit! A giant berry to be exact. I don’t care what you call it just please someone plant a tree full of them in my yard so I don’t have to ration the yum.

Our days of splitting an avocado are long gone now that my little monkey will eat an entire avo in a sitting. Yesterday she ate two. TWO!  I’m rambling, eh? Let’s throw some confetti for those of you who are still with me and dive on into this simple summery salad.

Healthy Tomato Avocado Quinoa Salad with Feta

And because I’m feeling especially chatty – one more note for those of you reading this while freezing your butts off in the winter, greenhouse grown tomatoes are a lifesaver right now! The ones I picked up recently were so perfectly ripe and juicy that I almost forgot it’s in the forties today.

For those of you reading this in the Spring and Summertime, ENJOY! This healthy salad is amazing on a hot sunny day!

Healthy Tomato Avocado Quinoa Salad with Feta

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Quinoa Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Parsley

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Yield 2 servings

This Light + Healthy Quinoa Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Parsley makes a perfect, tasty lunch for one and makes an excellent side dish for two!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1.5 cups water or veggie broth
  • 3/4 cup chopped plum or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 or 1 whole avocado, chopped
  • 2 or 3 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 oz crumbled feta cheese for topping, optional
  • save a little of each to garnish

for the feta vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 small-medium clove of garlic minced into a paste
  • 1 TBSP olive oil (to cook with the garlic above)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP parsley, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, to taste
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. First rinse + drain your quinoa using a mesh strainer/sieve.
  2. Bring a medium-small saucepan to medium heat and lightly toast the quinoa to remove any excess water. Stir as it toasts for just a few minutes. This step is optional but really adds to the fluff factor of the quinoa! I rarely skip this step because I love the texture and flavor it yields.
  3. Next add 1 and 1/2 cups water [or broth!] and bring pot to a boil.
  4. Once it's boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes.
  5. While the quinoa cooks, chop your veggies and set aside.
  6. Next microwave 1 small-medium clove of garlic in 1 TBSP olive oil and add to a food processor or blender with the rest of your dressing ingredients. Blend until smooth and emulsified, then season and adjust to taste.
  7. No blender/processor? No problem! You can whisk the ingredients together. For the feta in this case, you may want to smash it into a paste before whisking it into your dressing.
  8. Once your quinoa is done, season with a teeny bit of salt and pepper, fluff gently with a fork, and set aside to cool.
  9. Combine cooled quinoa with tomato and parsley.
  10. Stir in 1/4 cup of your dressing and then gently fold in the chopped avocado.
  11. Garnish with all the tomato/parsley/feta mixture you'd like!
  12. Add any additional dressing as desired.
  13. Enjoy!
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  • Michael Kelly

    Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t have avocado or feta, but subbed goatcheese. I also used coconut raw coconut vinegar. Been trying to switch that for others when I can. You Def got a new follower

    • Thanks Michael!!! I just saw the photo you posted to Facebook and am dying over how delicious it looks! The shrimp and spinach side is a perfect pairing too – tell me you saved me a plate? 😉

  • Erica

    I made this for my lunches this week and it was fab! I loved the feta dressing and it lasted a couple days without drying up. This and the confetti pasta are going to be on rotation for the next couple months. Thanks for the delicious recipes. Keep em comin!

  • This is one gorgeous quinoa salad!! And I love that I’m not the only one with a chaos filled household. Not everyone knows this, but blogging can be messy!! But totally delicious at the same time 🙂 I can’t wait to try this yummy quinoa salad!

    • Jenn

      sooooooooo sooooooo messy! the dishes! the carnage! it’s nuts! 😉

  • Love healthier sides. This one looks amazing and delicious!

    • Jenn

      Thank you Mallory!

  • I just drooled a little.

    Okay, a lot.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jenn

      Haha thanks for the drool! OMG that sounds bad! Thanks for the sweet comment Tiffany!

  • You need to stop blaming the chickpea for the kitchen sink messes.

    If avocado prices are anything like Australia, you’d better start saving for the little one’s expensive taste. Next week it will be lobster.

  • This salad looks great!! We are going to have to try it!

    • I just reread the recipe and I have all the ingredients, making it tonight!! Just thought I would let you know!!

  • Bahaha, “wrapped in a layer of WTF” is great. Great because it’s true. Well said.

  • Love salads like this! Perfect for weekday lunches!

  • You’re right about the behind the scenes, and your behind the scenes sounds a lot like mine, especially the dishes part. This salad looks amazing-I’m always searching for new ways to eat quinoa. YUM.

  • This quinoa salad looks great, I love the addition of feta cheese, one of my faves. 🙂

  • I need a salad that could make me forget everything else right now. Come make it for me pretty please. Bring the toddler, I’ve got avocado on hand.

    I actually made a delicious creamy tomato summer this past weekend with tomatoes I canned myself for the very first time. It tasted like a collision of winter and summer in the best possible way.

    Happy today love.

  • This salad looks so yummy! I will have to try it for lunch sometime.

  • I make a very similar dish just without the avocado and it reminds me of Tabouli so much! I’ll have to try out your version as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • That is hilarious about your daughter and the avocado!

  • This looks amazing!!!! We still have some avocados left from a weekend trip to the farmers market that I may be able to us for this! Like you, I have a toddler that adores avocados and if I want to use any for any purpose other than letting the little man devour it, I have to hide from him!

    • Jenn

      High-five for the avocado-hiding mamas! Hehe I’m glad I’m not the only one 🙂 And that they love those avos!

  • That’s awesome that your little one is loving avocados! Me too! And once again, this dish sounds excellent. Enjoy the chaos, Jenn! 🙂

    • Jenn

      Thanks Ashley!

  • WOW, that’s insane that she’ll eat two avocados in one day! Seriously impressed. And this salad looks yummy 🙂

    • Jenn

      It’s so stinkin’ good, thanks Liv! And she will! I have to hide them or we go broke 😉

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