Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This vibrant Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is full of flavor and incredibly satisfying.  It is bursting with fresh vegetables and makes the perfect plant-based meal or side dish for picnics or outdoor gatherings.  It’s got fresh parsley, Kalamata olives, vegan feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, green onions and red onion mixed with fluffy white quinoa.  The simple lemon garlic dressing is light and pairs perfectly with this summery salad.

Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Lemon Garlic Dressing Poured over Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

I find the textures and flavors of this quinoa salad to be completely addictive.  The dressing is tangy, garlicky and slightly sweet.  It pairs beautifully with this Greek-inspired dish.  The fluffy quinoa soaks up the bright dressing and the veggies provide additional flavor and all the texture.  The briny meaty Kalamata olives paired with the juicy sweet cherry tomatoes, herby fresh parsley and creamy salty vegan feta cheese provides classic Mediterranean flavors.  The bold red onion and crispy bell pepper gives it a satisfying crunch that keeps you coming back for more after each spoonful.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Ingredients

Vegan Mediterranean Salad Ingredients

Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is one of my favorite pantry staples.  It is light and absorbs flavor wonderfully.  It has a light fluffy texture that is perfect for summertime salads like this one.  It is so easy to prepare and offers such amazing health benefits.  It is loaded with fiber (one serving has over 5 grams) and is considered a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids.  This makes it a great source of plant-based protein for vegans.  In fact, it has more protein than any other grain.  Quinoa is a good source of folate, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and many phytochemicals.  It also offers important minerals such as calcium, potassium, copper and zinc.

Homemade Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

Homemade Quinoa Salad Recipe

This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and nut-free.  It is great as a side at a cookout, as a make ahead lunch or even as a light summer dinner.

Greek Quinoa Salad

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Vegan Mediterranean Salad

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Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This bright and vibrant Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is full of flavor and incredibly satisfying.  It is bursting with fresh vegetables and makes the perfect plant-based meal or side dish for picnics or outdoor gatherings.  It’s got fresh parsley, Kalamata olives, vegan feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, green onions and red onion mixed with fluffy white quinoa.  The simple lemon garlic dressing is light and pairs perfectly with this summery salad.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa [1 cup dry quinoa] (use my stovetop or Instant Pot method)
  • 1 cup diced red onions (from about 1/2 large red onion)
  • 1 1/4 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1 cup diced grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup halved Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup vegan feta cheese, diced (Violife is my favorite brand)
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (orange, yellow or red), diced
  • 1/2 cup packed chopped fresh parsley

Lemon Garlic Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the cooked quinoa (chilled or room temperature not hot), red onions, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, feta, green onions and parsley. Set aside.
  2. In a small glass bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined.  Pour the dressing on top of the quinoa salad and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Category: Lunch or Side
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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