Mediterranean-Inspired Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean-Inspired Quinoa SaladMediterranean-Inspired Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has become a staple in my diet. It is a plant-based protein and digests easily. I’ve been eating mostly plant-based for a while. I do still eat fish, eggs, and chicken but not nearly as much as I used to and I never eat pork (unless it is on a pizza) and it is a rarity if I eat red meat. That is why I wanted to share my Mediterranean-Inspired Quinoa Salad. That way if you wanted to add in more protein you can. The quinoa salad is one of my favorite lunches.

This quick and easy side dish pairs the bold Mediterranean flavors of lime, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and fresh parsley against the subtle backdrop of quinoa. Thanks to the naturally salty flavors of the olive brine and Feta cheese, this dish doesn’t need any added sodium to help balance the flavors. However, for best results, you’ll want to make this dish in advance to give the flavors a chance to blend.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: approximately 20 minutes

Serves 4
Ingredients:

1 c. quinoa, uncooked
2 limes, zest and juice
4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbed

2 oz. Kalamata olives, chopped, with brine

¼ c. fresh parsley, stems removed and chopped

Optional: Black pepper, to taste

Tip: For an added layer of flavor, toast the quinoa over medium heat before cooking.




Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Remove from heat and let cool briefly.
  2. Fluff quinoa with a fork and stir in lime zest, lime juice, Feta cheese, chopped olives, and fresh parsley until thoroughly combined. Season with black pepper, to taste.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

If you make this let me know how you like it! Have any other plant-based favorites? I’m always up to new recommendations. Drop me a line and let me know what your favorite are!

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