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delicious mediterranean quinoa salad in large bowl with flowers

Mediterranean Quinoa Vegetable Salad 

Beth of A Meal In Mind
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.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings


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


  • Rinse quinoa and drain thoroughly, unless your quinoa says that no rinsing is needed.
  • 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.
  • Allow quinoa to cool to room temperature.
  • 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.
  • 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.


We are eating very low salt these days. Be sure to taste in case you prefer a saltier salad.
Keyword baba ghanoush dressing, easy quinoa salad, Mediterranean quinoa, potluck dish, side dish, vegan, vegetable salad, vinaigrette
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