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This quinoa salad is filled with fresh ingredients and has tons of flavor and served cold, making it great for parties – it’s one of our favorite quinoa salad recipes!

Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with a spoon

Courtney here, from Know Your Produce! Today we’re sharing this healthy and fresh salad that we hope you’ll love! This recipe is so easy to make and you may even have all the ingredients at home already! It’s a toss between a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and Greek Quinoa Salad. You could absolutely add some fresh olives to this salad, our daughter is picky with olives so we don’t add them. You can omit the chickpeas and add black beans to make it a black bean quinoa salad if you’re not a fan of chickpeas.

Overhead view of Quinoa Salad in a bowl

How to Cook Quinoa

Typically you can follow the instructions right on the package of your favorite quinoa. Start off by measuring the desired amount of quinoa. 1 cup of dry quinoa will result in 3 cups of cooked quinoa. Place your desired amount of quinoa into a mesh strainer and rinse under cool water. Once your quinoa is fully rinsed you can place it into the saucepan you’ll be using. Sprinkle the quinoa with a little salt and pour in the water. For every 1 dry cup of quinoa, you’ll add in 2 cups of water. Once the water is added place a lid on the quinoa and bring the quinoa to a boil. Once the water is boiling you’ll want to reduce the heat to low and cook covered for 15 minutes.

How long does cooked Quinoa last

We typically use up all of our cooked quinoa within 2-3 days. If you’re going to cook a large batch you can’t finish you can freeze quinoa for later use.

How to make Quinoa Salad

For this recipe, you’ll want to use cold, already cooked quinoa. That’s what makes this recipe so easy, great for leftovers! Then you’ll chop up some peppers. We like to use a variety of peppers and chop up a colorful mix each week so we can easily add to recipes like this. Cucumber is also something we chop up for the week. It makes it some much easier to snack and prepare recipes when you prep ahead. Some fresh lemon juice, olive oil, feta cheese, and salt complete this Quinoa Salad.

Quinoa Salad in a white bowl
This quinoa salad is filled with fresh ingredients and has tons of flavor and served cold, making it great for parties - it's one of our favorite quinoa salad recipes!
  • 4 cups quinoa cooked
  • 1 cup chickpeas cooked
  • 1 cup cucumber chopped
  • 3/4 cup peppers chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • In a large bowl dump in the quinoa and break apart.
  • Toss in the remaining ingredients and mix together.
  • Garnish with some extra feta cheese and chopped parsley if desired.


Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 27.4mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 6.3mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quinoa Salad
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