This Greek quinoa salad recipe is so easy to make! It’s a perfect recipe for a warm summer day or meal prep, and is sure to please a crowd.
If I had to choose one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, I’d pick Greek. It has pretty much everything I love – tons of veggies, cheese, olives, grains, nuts, legumes, seafood, yogurt, and fruit. Oh, and I can’t forget baklava!
This Greek quinoa salad with lentils is basically the most delicious hodgepodge of Greek flavors all mixed together. And since it’s mid-July, I got to use only the freshest, most flavorful produce that really makes this salad pop. Have you seen a more beautiful array of colors in a salad before?!
How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad with Lentils
This recipe is super simple to make. The only cooking you need to do is for the quinoa and lentils. The rest is just chopping and mixing!
Cook quinoa and lentils according to package instructions.
Chop up all the veggies and herbs: cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, olives, basil and parsley.
Whisk together lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, oregano, and garlic powder to make your dressing.
Toss everything together in a large bowl with feta cheese.
Enjoy immediately or stick it in the fridge for later!
Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes
Lentils: Lentils are a super healthy food to include in your diet. They are part of the pulses family, which also includes beans, chickpeas, and peas. Lentils are one of the best plant-based protein sources! Half a cup contains about 12 grams of protein. Lentils also are an excellent source of fiber. You can read all about the benefits of fiber here!
Quinoa: Quinoa is a pseudo-grain, and is a delicious replacement for rice. It’s gluten free and another good source of plant-based protein. One cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein. Unlike many protein sources from plants, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
Olives: You’ve heard of the health benefits of olive oil, and olives are just as nutritious! Olives have the same healthy monounsaturated fats as olive oil, which is protective against heart disease and inflammation. They are also high in vitamin E and other antioxidants.
I love to meal-prep this Greek quinoa salad at the beginning of the week. I’ll add a heap to a bed of Greens for a quick and filling lunch. This recipe is also perfect to make for picnics, barbecues, or potlucks!
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