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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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. 
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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