Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Experience the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean with this refreshing and nutritious Quinoa Salad—a satisfying vegan lunch option that is bursting with wholesome ingredients. Packed with colorful vegetables, protein-rich quinoa, and zesty dressing, this salad offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures.
The Mediterranean Quinoa Salad provides a multitude of health benefits from its nutrient-dense components. Quinoa is a complete protein source, containing all essential amino acids, making it ideal for maintaining muscle health and promoting tissue repair. The abundance of fresh vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, offers an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support immune function and contribute to overall well-being. The dressing, made with heart-healthy olive oil and tangy lemon juice, provides monounsaturated fats and vitamin C, promoting cardiovascular health and aiding in digestion.
• 1 cup cooked quinoa
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1 cucumber, diced
• 1 red bell pepper, diced
• 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
• 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• Salt and pepper, to taste
HOW TO MAKE IT
1) In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, fresh parsley, and fresh mint leaves.
2) In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
3) Drizzle the dressing over the quinoa salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients.
4) Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper if needed.
5) Allow the salad to sit for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
6) Serve the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad chilled or at room temperature, and enjoy the burst of Mediterranean flavors and the nutritional goodness it offers.