December 13, 2012

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa quinoa quinoa.

I’ll never forget the time my old roommate saw my bag of quinoa and asked, “What’s kweenoah?”

She’s so cute. I miss her! Hey, Jenna!

It’s pronounced keen-wah. And your body loves it. Quinoa is rich with nutrients and is one of the only grains that is considered a complete protein source. It’s gluten-free and a good source of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and fiber. Don’t you want to eat it now? Oh, good, because I have a recipe ready for you. And it’s easy, to boot!image

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Cook quinoa as instructed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, slice zucchini into 1/2-inch rounds, then quarter them. Place them in a large bowl, then add tomatoes, chickpeas, salt, and pepper.
  3. Once quinoa has finished cooking, fluff with a fork. Next, add the quinoa to the vegetable mixture and toss until evenly combined.
  4. Drizzle with lemon juice and toss again. Top with feta and serve warm or chilled. Serves 4.


Using the Livestrong nutritional calculator, here are the stats:image

Check out the fiber and protein content. You love it. That’s the key to staying full, my friends.

While you eat this, you can daydream just like I did…about this place.

From what part of the world is your favorite cuisine?

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  • Amanda H

    Could you roast the zucchini first? Would that be good or weird? Why am I asking you questions on your blog, I’ll see you after work!

  • itzyskitchen

    Delish! And pretty. Bonus! Honestly…I love Mexican food. But Greek & Italian are up there too

  • Nichole

    You had me at feta!

    Can I say Mexico:) MMM I could eat Mexican every day. Queso, tacos, chips, nomnomnom.

    On a healthier note, the food in Italy is where I’ve had two of the best meals ever in my life.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I love quinoa salads like this one! Mediterranean is definitely one of my favourite cuisines. Japanese and Italian are also favourites of mine.

  • Love this. I have never cooked quinoa. I think it’s about time. I love Italian and Mexican!

  • Leslee @Herhappybalance

    Looks delicious! I’m a Japanese and Indian food fan!

  • Quinoa salads are just about my favorite lunches on the go! This looks so delicious, on my to make list!

  • Erica Jordan

    HAHA your old roomie and i are twins. I pronounced it like that for EVER! Either that or “Kin-O-Ah”

    this looks FANTASTIC

    id have to say Italy might have my fav cuisine. Love my pasta, lasagna, pasta fagioli…MM MM MM…if only it didnt give me a child in my belly everytime i eat it

  • Amy Florez

    Dave says Kweenoah too. Cracks me up! My favorite cuisine is French and the uber glamorous Mexican!

  • Katie Krysh

    good lord! greece! 🙂 NEED to go now..wanna book a flight together?! ok done!

    this looks amazing. I love keeeenn-wah but have trouble finding a recipe I love where it doesn’t taste bland!!

  • JoyS22

    I love quinoa salads. This is my go-to quinoa salad: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spiced-quinoa/

    Did you not add any sriracha? Speaking of, I was buying some gifts on Society 6 yesterday…possibly for myself….and I got a print of this (check out all the other stuff you can get at the bottom): http://society6.com/product/TRUE-LOVE-vyQ_Print?tag=food

  • I love quinoa and I love Mediterranean food too 🙂 All my favorite French food is the stuff that comes from the South (anything with “provençale” in the name), which has Mediterranean influences!

  • I love quinoa! Yummy looking recipe! Whole Foods makes a mean quinoa meatball;)

  • Lovely Nina

    You definitely should do a trip to Santorini. It is more beautiful than that picture!
    -Lovely Nina

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