I made this salad twice in the past week. I love a good Greek salad and I love quinoa so combining the two was pretty brillant I thought. We’ve been enjoying summer like temperatures here in Portland and this salad is the perfect summer salad. We had friends over for dinner last weekend so we grilled a tri tip, had some roasted carrots, homemade no knead bread and this delicious Greek Quinoa Salad. Pretty much a perfect summer dining experience. Good friends, good food and good conversation. After dinner we enjoyed a fun game of Five Crowns, one of our family’s favorite card games.
The salad was so good I couldn’t wait to make it again on Sunday to go along with the steaks we were grilling for dinner. The salad is a combination of fresh tomato, cucumber, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives and feta cheese over a bed of romaine lettuce and quinoa. The salad is great because not only do you get your veggies but you get protein too with the garbanzo beans and quinoa.
I made a yummy Greek salad dressing to go with it and then marinated the veggies in a few tablespoons of the dressing to start with.
I then put a layer of romaine lettuce in the bowl, topped it with quinoa and then added the veggie mixture and a sprinkling of feta on top.
Then I dressed it with the homemade Greek salad dressing.
Just give the salad a nice toss and enjoy! It is the perfect side dish to any meal. I can’t wait to make it again!
Greek Quinoa Salad
- 2 C quinoa cooked
- 1 C garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cucumber chopped
- 2 roma tomatoes chopped
- 1/3 C kalamata olives pitted and halved
- 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
- 1/2 C feta cheese crumbled
Greek Salad Dressing (this makes more than you will need but you will be glad!)
- 3/4 C olive oil
- 1 C red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp basil dried
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
- Combine garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato and olives in a bowl and add 2 Tablespoons salad dressing. Stir to coat and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Place lettuce in bowl
- Top with cooked quinoa
- Add vegetable mixture
- Add dressing
- Top with feta cheese
- Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use
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