This Quinoa Salad recipe has a unique clean, crisp, and refreshing flavor that everyone loves. The secret behind the Greek jazz is that we have taken a typical Greek salad and fused it with Quinoa Salad with some minor changes. This leads to a great tasting Quinoa Salad that is among the best we have found.
Quinoa Salad, Not Just For the Heath Conscious
This Quinoa Salad is of our own invention and craft. We created this recipe from the inspiration of having it at get-togethers and trying it from the grocery deli. We have heard of Quinoa before and knew that it was nutritious, but we did not know how curiously delicious it was. That you don’t have to eat just because of some fitness health goal to eat it, and in this case delicious is nutritious. Carrying on, our twist to this recipe is that we make it with Greek flair which greatly livens the taste and texture of the salad. Secondly, this recipe is made entirely from superfoods and the health benefits from eating this salad soars off the chart. For these reasons this is one of my personal favorite side dishes.
The Scoop on Quinoa
Quinoa is known as a superfood because it’s a healthy starch, healthy protein, and a good source for nutrition. Quinoa is one of the few foods that is a perfect protein it all by itself. It has all 9 essential amino acids that help convert protein from plant based foods into a usable form for your body. Read more about Quinoa here. Aside from the quinoa, next on the superfood list is kale. Yep, kale is in this recipe and kale is known to be the most nutritious food on the planet for humans to eat. It’s another source of protein, and contains omega 3 fatty acids in it which is essential for brain functioning. Read more about kale here. The recipe that follows was adapted for great flavor, high nutrition, and refrigeration stability. I hope you enjoy my version of this delicious side dish. My family loves this recipe and I am certain yours will too.
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Gather the ingredients. Then read the secrets found here.
Boil quinoa according to package directions. Cool it in fridge or freezer.
Prepare the vegetables. Wash and clean the kale, dice cucumber and red onion. Drain black olives and slice in half.
Mix all the ingredients for the dressing. Shake it well.
When the quinoa is cooled, mix it with all the vegetables and the dressing in a large bowl.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Total Carbohydrates 32g11%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chef Tips: Making Great Quinoa Salad
The ingredients for this recipe can be prepared in any order, but I recommend cooking the quinoa in advance, so that it has time to cool before combining everything.
The Classic Greek Salad Dressing is versatile for just about any salad. Many other Greek salad dressing recipes do not have lemon in them or basil. The difference in taste is huge, With lemon and with basil they cut down on the sour flavor the dressing might have otherwise and actually makes the flavor more balanced for a more clean and refreshing taste.