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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: main dish


This vegan, gluten free Mediterranean quinoa salad is the best make ahead recipe for a healthy lunch or dinner. It’s easy to make and super nutritious.


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 English cucumber, diced small
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced small,
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup basil, minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Add a pinch of salt to the cooking water. Let cool completely before adding to the rest of the salad.
  2. Once quinoa is cooled, combine it in a large mixing bowl with all the chopped veggies, olives, and herbs.
  3. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil.
  4. Pour dressing over the ingredients, along with a generous shake of salt and a fresh cracked pepper.
  5. Mix everything together, so all ingredients are well dispersed and coated in the dressing.


  • Can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container. Makes for great leftovers of a meal prepped lunch recipe.