Whole food, plant-based greek quinoa salad bursting with flavor! This quinoa salad is great to have on-hand (in the fridge) for any occasion. Picnics, water parks, road trips, camping, lake days, any of your Summer activities could be made better with some healthy, greek quinoa salad.
- Full of Protein
- Essential Amino Acids
- 5 Different Vegetables
I enjoyed this flavorful quinoa salad outside on a picnic table, swinging in our lawn chair, feeling the breeze of Summer. Since this salad has so many different flavors from the veggies, quinoa, lemon juice, and olives, I just took my time chewing and tasting each of the various flavors per spoonful. It reminded me to take more time and be more present during meals. No TV, no phones, no getting up and down a ton of times (if you have a toddler like I do, you know what I mean by this). Just breathing, thinking, and nourishing our bodies with a nutritious lunch-time meal.
Health Benefits Of Greek Quinoa Salad
Plant-based quinoa salad reaps many health benefits due to the various vegetables, legumes, and grains. It definitely packs a nutritious punch!
Is Quinoa a Complete Protein?
Though technically a seed, Quinoa is classified as a whole grain and is a good source of plant protein and fiber. One cup cooked provides about 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Unlike some plant proteins, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own. (Source)
Is Quinoa a Pseudo-Grain?
Not a true cereal grain, quinoa is one of the six pseudo grains that are not part of the Poaceae cereal family. Though botanically distinct, pseudocereals are generally treated as cereal grains because they are so similar nutritionally and are used culinarily like other cereal grains. Technically, quinoa is a member of the Goosefoot family along with swiss chard and spinach. (Source)
No need to worry, though.. quinoa is perfectly healthy and acts more as a seed than grain. Eat up!
Greek Quinoa Salad
- Large serving bowl
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 can 14 oz chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 2 cups grape tomatoes sliced in half or quartered
- 1 medium cucumber diced
- ½ red onion diced
- 1 jar green olives about 2 cups, pitted and sliced
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes not packed in oil
- ½ cup loosely packed fresh parsley chopped
- ¼ cup fresh dill chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- juice of 1 large lemon or 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- drizzle of extra virgin olive oil optional
- peperoncini to serve
- In a large bowl, add the chickpeas, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and olives to the quinoa. Mix well.
- Add the fresh parsley and dill. Mix well.
- Season with salt, pepper and the juice of 1 large lemon.
How Long Will Quinoa Salad Last?
Quinoa salad will last 5 days in the fridge and 4-5 months in the freezer. You can enjoy this plant-based quinoa salad right out of the fridge or defrost out of the freezer by placing in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Since quinoa is so small, it doesn’t take much to heat this meal up.