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Greek Quinoa Salad

Posted by memeinge
March 20, 2017
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This easy vegan, gluten free quinoa salad requires simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!

A few simple pantry staples make up this flavorful, vegan salad that is great to keep in the fridge when hunger strikes

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This easy vegan, gluten free quinoa salad requires simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!

Cooking at home saves so. much. money. But I'm pretty sure you already knew that.

Unfortunately, cooking at home can be a less than pleasant experience when you are short on time, need to go to the grocery store, don't know what to cook, forgot an ingredient, think that cooking at home means boring food, the list goes on.

I'd like to help ease those problems, and this Greek Quinoa Salad does an excellent job. A) it takes about 20-25 minutes to make. B) every single ingredient is a pantry item so no need for a grocery store trip if your kitchen is stocked with the right ingredients. C) this is too delicious for you not to cook it; plus it's acceptable for almost all dietary preferences: gluten free, dairy free, vegan. D) it is not at all boring!

This easy vegan, gluten free quinoa salad requires simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!

To avoid getting in my don't know what to cook rut, I tend to focus on a few basic dishes, so I can take the thought process out of the equation.

Quinoa salad is one my go-to's [and so is this really delicious Roasted Vegetable Lentil Salad]. It's nice that you can change up the ingredients with what you have and make a totally different meal.

You can also make a big batch and keep it in your fridge for a snack, lunch, or light dinner.

When it comes to fighting boring home cooked meals, I turn to spices. Apparently, I really like Greek dishes on this Frugal Feasts feature. [See Easy Greek Casserole and Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers]

But what I think I really like, other than the great flavor you get in a Greek dish, is that spices can make meals so much more exciting and tastier.

That means you don't have to spend a lot of money on special ingredients. You only need a few spices in your cabinet to make your meals go from drab to fab.

This easy vegan, gluten free quinoa salad requires simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!

Ok, I sound like a used cars salesperson trying to convince you this budget friendly dish is great. So, I'm gonna just let you try it out yourself and get back to me in 45 minutes once you'd had time to prepare it, eat it, and clean it up. Can't beat that!

This easy vegan, gluten free quinoa salad requires simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!

A few simple pantry staples make up this flavorful #vegan #glutenfree Greek Quinoa Salad via @healthyaperture
This easy vegan, gluten free quinoa salad requires simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!

Greek Quinoa Salad

Yield

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups broth or water
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 (15 ounce) can artichoke hearts, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives (about 20 olives)
  • 1 TBSP red wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onions and quinoa, and cook for 3 minutes stirring very often.
  2. Stir in the broth (or water), oregano, pepper, garlic powder, and salt, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let cook for about 15 minutes until the liquid has absorbed.
  4. Transfer quinoa to a bowl. 
  5. Stir in the artichoke hearts, red pepper, olives, and vinegar. Enjoy hot or cold!

 

Notes:

*Add 2 ounces (1/2 cup) crumbled feta cheese if desired.

Click for nutritional information
Calories 286
Carbohydrates 42g
Fiber 5.8g
Sugar 4g
Fat 9g
Protein 9.8g
Sodium 871mg
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memeinge

memeinge
Meme Inge is the author of the FRUGAL FEASTS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian/nutritionist living in sunny San Diego, CA. Growing up surrounded by a family of cooks, Meme has always been a lover of food. She started the blog Living Well Kitchen as an outlet for sharing her kitchen creations and nutrition knowledge with others. Living Well Kitchen is busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and any other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier
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