Greek Quinoa Salad

This healthy Greek Quinoa Salad is an easy make-ahead vegetarian side dish that is ready to rock your plate!

Greek Quinoa Salad

Chickpeas and quinoa are a match made in heaven.

Both offer up amazing texture and shine with every sort of dressing/seasoning combo under the sun.

I have a few tasty variations on the blog including my crazy popular Tomato Quinoa Salad and tasty Chickpea Quinoa Taco Bowls so this marvelous Mediterranean style salad is the perfect addition!

My OCD tendencies are telling me I probably need to add better photos next time I make it bc these don’t do the sheer deliciousness of this quinoa justice.

It’s SO. FLIPPING. GOOD.

Between the bevy of fresh veggies, fluffy quinoa, and delish dressing, I’m in quinoa salad heaven over here!

Greek Quinoa Salad Bowl

Dress it up!

For the dressing I went with an easy whisk-and-pour lemony Greek dressing.

You’ll want to grab your favorite olive oil (avocado works gloriously too) and a lemon to squeeze for juice. Add in a little apple cider vinegar to brighten up along with a clove of garlic to amp up the flavor, then season with salt, pepper, and dried oregano leaves.

Whisk it all together in a small bowl or add the ingredients to a mason jar to tightly cover and shake. BAM! You now have a deeeeelish dressing for your Greek Quinoa Salad.

Greek Quinoa Salad Ingredients

Healthy Vegetarian Greek Quinoa Salad

As written this tasty quinoa salad is vegetarian and gluten-free.

Need a vegan version? Simply skip the optional feta and you’re good to go!

This salad is amazingly meal prep friendly so feel free to make it in advance to enjoy all week long.

You can pair it with your favorite protein, veggie burger, or sandwich as a side dish or simply load up your plate and enjoy it all on it’s own!

Greek Quinoa Salad
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Greek Quinoa Salad

This healthy Greek Quinoa Salad is an easy make-ahead vegetarian side dish that is ready to rock your plate!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword Greek Quinoa Salad
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 256 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can chickpeas (15 oz) drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced + peeled English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta (skip if vegan)

LEMONY GREEK DRESSING

Instructions

  1. First rinse and drain your quinoa using a mesh strainer or sieve. Bring a small pot to medium heat and lightly toast the quinoa to remove any excess water, stirring often. This step is optional but really adds to the nuttiness and fluff factor of the quinoa! Next add your water, set burner to high, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy and the liquid has been absorbed.

  2. Once your quinoa is ready, fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to a medium bowl to cool.

  3. While the quinoa cooks, chop all your veggies and make the dressing.

  4. To make the salad dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl or add to a mason jar (with a tight fitting lid) and shake well.

  5. Combine cooled quinoa with chopped veggies and dressing. Mix well. Top with crumbled feta and enjoy!

  6. You can dive in right away or chill before serving. I love it both ways! If meal prepping, pop it in the fridge and dive in when your'e ready. The dressing will soak into the salad and amplify the flavor even more. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 4 side salads or 2 large quinoa bowls.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for salad with dressing using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy

Nutrition Facts
Greek Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 447mg19%
Potassium 398mg11%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1343IU27%
Vitamin C 68mg82%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this Greek Quinoa Salad, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Crazy for Quinoa?

Check out my round-up of 11 Easy Quinoa Recipes to find your next quinoa recipe to try.

I hiiiiighly suggest you try my Quinoa Fried Rice (with it’s super awesome guide for how to cook perfectly fluffy quinoa) or Cranberry Quinoa Salad next — they’re two of my favs!

Also this Baked Quinoa Casserole from Joy Food Sunshine looks delish!

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  • Renee+Goerger

    5 stars
    I love this fresh and colorful salad. It’s one of my very favorite things to make in the summer with my garden fresh ingredients.

  • Noelle

    5 stars
    Yum! This made for the perfect lunch, making again soon!!

  • Cassie

    5 stars
    This was amazing! Another great take on healthy quinoa bowls that taste delish for a few days.

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