Greek Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is my new favorite ingredient! I have been trying to incorporate this versatile grain into my diet lately due to its high protein content and ability to be in any dish imaginable. Last week I made a NO BAKE quinoa bar and this week I'm going for a greek quinoa salad! You can add any vegetables you like to a quinoa salad but I stuck to the greek inspired theme of cucumber, tomatoes, lemon juice and olive oil (I know I should have added olives!). I also added cut collard greens to brighten up this salad and to increase my daily iron intake... as a college student it can be difficult to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet so I am glad I was able to make such a nutrient dense, simple, quinoa salad. Enjoy!


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, cubed
  • 1 cucumber, cubed
  • 2 collard green leaves, ribs and stems removed 
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the quinoa, reduce to a simmer and cover quinoa. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. 
  2. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Pour into a large bowl and cool completely.
  3. Stir in olive oil and lemon juice. Add grape tomatoes, onion and cucumber. Garnish with collard greens and season with salt and pepper. 

Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be