I came up with this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad for Peapod as a light and healthy meal that can be enjoyed anytime of the year. This quinoa salad is perfect for lunch or dinner and keeps well. Make a batch and enjoy it throughout the week. It’s filling and so good for you. This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is great for days when you’re looking for a filling, but lighter meal. This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is made with a combination of fresh and pantry ingredients. It’s easy to make and great for a crowd.
1 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes chopped
1 cup bell pepper chopped
1 cup seedless cucumber chopped
1/4 cup red onion chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
1/2 cup kalamata olives pitted, halved
1 can 15-ounce garbanzo beans
1 lemon juiced
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Rinse and drain quinoa 2-3 times to remove saporin (bitter coating); place drained quinoa in medium saucepan with water and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Turn heat off and let quinoa stand for 5 additional minutes, covered. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add vinegar, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and oregano; set aside and let cool to room temperature.
Add tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, olives, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, and remaining olive oil to quinoa. Toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.