This gluten free Mediterranean Quinoa salad recipe is so easy to make and bursting with bright and fresh flavours. Made with quinoa, lots of veggies and crumbled cheese on top, this salad makes a great lunch or healthy dinner side dish any night of the week.
Hello there lunch/dinner/big bowl of anytime deliciousness.
Hello there Mediterranean Quinoa Salad that has all the gluten free and vegan-possible qualities we’ve come to expect and crazy bright and fresh and full of flavour taste we dream of.
Friends, I bring to you today this week’s lunchtime obsession – fluffy white quinoa dressed in a herby-savoury-balsamic dressing and mixed with veggies like peppers and cucumbers, olives and onions and all topped with cheese for a super satisfying, yet healthy salad perfect for lunch or dinner.
It’s been too long since I shared a new quinoa salad recipe!
If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time, you know that quinoa is pretty much my soul sister. There isn’t a week (let alone a 2 day span) that goes by that a pot of quinoa isn’t cooking up on my stove. And my favourite way to enjoy this protein packed, nutty tasting grain (alright, seed…) is quinoa salad.
I love a good quinoa salad and this Mediterranean version is no exception.
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I love the variety of textures and flavours in the salad. It has a little bit of everything in each bite.
The mixture of veggies here is classic to the ones found in an Greek salad – cucumbers, peppers, olives, onions, and fresh herbs. (You can even add in some chickpeas if you want too). The last time I made this salad I added roasted red peppers instead of raw peppers and it was a total game changer! Roasted reds are so tender and sweet and gave this salad even more texture and sweet flavour. If you have them on hand already, DO IT!
And that dressing! It took me a couple times to get right, but it is officially one of my favourites. And all the dried pantry spices, really spice up this dressing up (pun definitely intended). But the real secret ingredient here is the nutritional yeast. Trust me. It gives this salad a super savoury thing that you just can’t beat.
Related: New to Nutritional Yeast – check this out.
And then topped with cheese, please. A Mediterranean salad just isn’t the same without salty cheese crumbles on top. I like to use feta or goat cheese for creamy-salty-totally delicious topping.
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