Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe
Fresh. That's what this salad says. Crunchy bites of cucumber and onion paired with juicy tomatoes, pungent olives and salty feta provides a mouth watering and satisfying salad. This Mediterranean quinoa salad will be a perfect side dish at any summer potluck, but is plenty big enough to stand on it's own as a main course.
1 cup dried quinoa
1 tablespoon live Whey, lemon juice or raw vinegar
Homemade chicken stock or water to cook quinoa in
1/2 red onion. chopped
2 small or 1 large cucumber, seeded and diced
4 plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 pound Feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup whole Kalmata olives
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
Rinse quinoa thoroughly until water runs clear and no bubbles appear.
Cover with at least 2 inches of warm water and add acidic medium (whey, lemon juice, vinegar). Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours*.
Drain. Add to sauce pan along with a scant 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
Fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
Combine remaining ingredients, except lemon and oil, with cooked and cooled quinoa. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the salad and drizzle the olive oil. Toss until ingredients are well-combined.
Refrigerate until serving. Can be made a day in advance and keeps for several days in the fridge, if it lasts that long.
*Read more about soaking grains, nuts and legumes for better nutrition in the book Nourishing Traditions.