Greek-style quinoa salad

Greek-Style Quinoa Salad

During my first trimester of pregnancy, I had a terrible aversion to meat along with hyperemesis. I struggled with eating enough protein each day and my nurse midwife suggested that I consider protein sources other than meat. Quinoa averages about 8 grams of protein per cooked cup and it’s loaded with amino acids and fiber. This filling and tasty Greek-style Quinoa Salad helped me survive a very uncomfortable first trimester.

Greek-style quinoa salad

Greek-style quinoa salad

This recipe is really simple and it stores well in the refrigerator. You just need a few cups of cooked quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, and basil. If I’m making it for a more than just my little family, I throw in a few diced olives and red onions (I’m not a fan of olives, unless it’s on pizza.

Greek-style quinoa Salad

Greek-Style Quinoa Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional
  • ¼ cup sliced pitted lives
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
Instructions
  1. Combine olive oil, water, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, and basil in a small bowl
  2. Mix well
  3. Add quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, and optional ingredients in a large bowl
  4. Mix well
  5. Pour dressing mixture across the salad
  6. Mix again
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Store refrigerated in airtight container

 

Greek-style quinoa salad

I was diagnosed with a non-Celiac wheat allergy when I started my second trimester, and thankfully this Greek-style Quinoa Salad recipe is also gluten-free. I’ve heard that quinoa can be used as a good substitute for flour in chocolate cake and I’m almost brave enough to give that a try.

Do you regularly eat quinoa? I hope you’ll try this Greek-style Quinoa Salad and please let me know what you think.

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