I love a good quinoa salad because they’re not only tasty but the keep well in the fridge for a few days (which makes them perfect for meal prep). This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is not just easy to throw together but it packs so much flavor into every bite that you’ll want to make it again and again.
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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
I’m finding that I’m making more and more meal prep inspired recipes.
Something where I make it once and I have 2-4 meals out of it. It just makes my week easier. It’s that simple.
The Mediterranean Quinoa Salad I’m sharing with you today is perfect for this. It’s zesty, bright, and the perfect summer salad. That plus it’s packed with veggies and a great source of fiber.
Quinoa Salad Ingredients
- Quinoa (you’ll want to cook it first, 2:1 ratio (1/2 cup quinoa to 1 cup water).
- Red bell pepper
- Yellow bell pepper
- Baby spinach
- Canned chickpeas (make sure to drain and rinse them first)
- Marinated sundried tomatoes (rinse the oil off them)
- Red onion
I love chickpeas in a salad. They’re a fantastic source of plant-based protein and full of fiber. Here are a few more of my favorite plant-based proteins.
Red Wine Vinaigrette
Add In Options:
I always encourage you to make the recipes work for you. Don’t like onion, leave it out. Love olives? Add them in! Play around with the ingredients and add ins and create your own recipe.
- Black olives
- Fresh tomatoes
- Feta cheese**
** These are options if you’re not vegan or vegetarian.
Healthy Salad Recipes to Try
In addition to this Greek Quinoa Salad, I wanted to share a few others that I think you’ll love.
Is Quinoa Salad Healthy?
This quinoa salad is healthy. It’s filled with vegetables and has a great balance of macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) which will keep you satisfied until your next meal, not just 45 mins like other salads.
The red wine vinaigrette is made from scratch without any additives and fillers.
This recipe is whole food heaven.
Don’t forget, if you’re looking to establish healthy habits (like adding more vegetables to your diet in fun and tasty ways) be sure to secure a spot in the 30 Days to a Healthy Habits Challenge.
How to make a Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl
Whether you call it a quinoa salad or a bowl, one thing is for sure … you’re going to make this recipe over and over again.
It’s quite easy to whip together, especially if you have your quinoa already done (thanks to your week’s meal prep).
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper diced
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes rinsed if marinated in oil
- 1/4 red onion diced
- Add the quinoa, bell peppers, chickpeas, kale, and sundried tomatoes, red onion to a large salad bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients (or toss all the vinaigrette ingredients into a blender). Pour over the quinoa. Toss together.