Quinoa Salad


I can’t say the quinoa craze has really hit me, the few times I tried it I thought it tasted like dirt! But, then  a friend made a salad that was good. So, I am giving it another try. And this is yummy!! Full of flavor, which I think is the key!! Mint, parsley, lemon juice & zest, balsamic, feta I think you are getting the idea! FLAVOR and lots of it!! 


1 cup quinoa 

2 cups water 

Cook according to package directions. Let cool. 

1/2 red onion, chopped 

1/2 English cucumber, diced

1/2 pint grape tomatoes, quartered

1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 

1/4 to 1/2 cup feta cheese 

Fresh mint & parsley, finely chopped

Dressing:

1/4 cup balsamic

1/2 cup olive oil

Zest & juice from 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon honey 

1 teaspoon Good Seasons Italian dressing powder (my secret ingredient to so many recipes!!)

Season all the veggies with salt & pepper  place in large bowl. Make dressing and add 1/2 to bowl of veggies. Add quinoa, feta, and more dressing as needed. 

Again flavor is why this is so good but, it’s even better if you make it ahead. I make in the morning or even the day before. Enjoy this healthy gluten free salad. I’m serving with my favorite grilled Greek chicken! 

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