Mediterranean Quinoa Vegetable Salad 

Mediterranean Quinoa Vegetable Salad 

This Mediterranean Quinoa Vegetable Salad is a delicious celebration of vegetables with tangy flavors of lemon and garlic. An easy potluck dish, it appeals to everyone, regardless of diet, because it is beautiful, flavorful, gluten-free and vegan. I like to garnish with lots of fresh vegetables for eye appeal.

Ingredient tips

Quinoa has a nutty flavor of its own, so the simple vinaigrette I’ve put in the recipe can be all the dressing you need. We think the salad is a real hit with our Baba Ghanoush Salad Dressing, though! It adds creaminess, flavor and tang without taking anything away from the flavors of the other vegetables. It would also be great with this Tahini-Garlic Dressing

Should I rinse or soak quinoa?

Quinoa, unlike grains or beans, shouldn’t be soaked before cooking. This is because soaking releases bitter compounds from the seeds. It should, however be rinsed. Unless, of course, your brand says not to rinse. If you buy Costco’s product as I have recently, it says not to rinse, and I’ve been very happy with it.

mediterranean quinoa salad with vegetables side view in two bowls

You can adjust the types and quantities of vegetables according to what you like and have on hand. The olives add huge amounts of flavor, the peas have their beautiful green color and smooth texture, and the bell peppers and broccoli stem provide lots of crunch. These ingredients get stirred into the quinoa salad itself, and then I add colorful toppings.

ingredients for mediterranean quinoa salad

Then I top the salad with more vegetables. The cucumbers, in particular, fare better if they are arranged on top, as they are less likely to get soggy there. And everything else is there to tempt people to eat up!

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Potluck vs At-Home

This recipe as written makes a large amount, good for a potluck or for a good amount of leftovers. If you are making this for your family and not sure leftovers will be eaten, start with 1 cup of quinoa and adjust other amounts accordingly.

overhead view of savory mediterranean quinoa vegetable salad

If you have a chance to make the recipe, leave me a comment and let me know!

Beth

Other salads and dressings you may enjoy:

Baba Ghanoush Dip and Salad Dressing

Tangy Ginger-Almond Asian Slaw 

Creamy Avocado-Lime Guac Dressing

Hawaii-Style Potato Salad

Kitchen items used in this recipe

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Mediterranean Quinoa Vegetable Salad 

  • Author: Beth of A Meal In Mind
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad, Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

This Mediterranean Quinoa Vegetable Salad is a delicious celebration of vegetables with tangy flavors of lemon and garlic. An easy potluck dish, it appeals to everyone, regardless of diet, because it is beautiful, flavorful, gluten-free and vegan.


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Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 1/2 cups Quinoa
  • 3 cups water (for cooking the quinoa)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup cup black or Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped, or 1/2 red and 1/2 orange (save a section for the top)
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 1 small head broccoli, top cut into florets and steamed to fork-tenderness, stem peeled and chopped to stir into salad
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste, see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh dill, minced, and sprigs for garnish

Lemon Vinaigrette dressing

  • 1/3 cup good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa and drain thoroughly, unless your quinoa says that no rinsing is needed.
  2. In a saucepan with a cover, bring the 3 cups water to a boil. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat and simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered until all water is absorbed.
  3. Allow quinoa to cool to room temperature.
  4. For the dressing, whisk together all ingredients for the vinaigrette. Stir into quinoa and mix well. Stir the chopped vegetables into the quinoa: olives, broccoli stem, bell peppers, onions, peas and minced dill. Stir again and adjust the seasonings to taste.
  5. Arrange the sliced vegetables on top of the quinoa, garnish and serve! Keeps refrigerated for about 3 days, after which the salad can get a little soggy.

Notes

We are eating very low salt these days. Be sure to taste in case you prefer a saltier salad.

Keywords: easy quinoa salad, Mediterranean quinoa, vegetable salad, side dish, vegan, vinaigrette, baba ghanoush dressing, potluck dish



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