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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Some of my favorite dishes to make in the summer are fresh salads using as many vegetables and fruits as I can.  I just love all the produce that's in season right now.  When we were first married, I totally went on a quinoa kick and made up so many different recipes every week and maybe I over did it on my quinoa intake because I haven't made it in so long until I was craving a yummy greek style salad this week and thought a delicious mediteranean quinoa salad would do the trick.  The best part about making up quinoa is that it will last for a couple days and is the perfect lunch or dinner, plus it's so healthy for you.  Hope you love this salad as much as me.

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| INGREDIENTS |

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup tomato, sliced

1 cup cucumber, sliced

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1 avocado peeled and diced

1/4 cup kalamata olives

1/4 cup feta, crumbled

1 [15 oz] can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

3 tablespoons lemon juice [1 lemon] or red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1 clove garlic, grated

salt and pepper to taste

 

| DIRECTIONS |

1 |  Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, reduce the temperature to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes, and let sit covered  for 5 minutes before letting it cool.

2 |  Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.

3 |  Mix the quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, avocado, feta and chickpeas and toss in the mixture of lemon juice, oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. [you can also add other mediterranean inspired ingredients like roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, or artichoke hearts]

tip:  cook the quinoa a day ahead to save time

original recipe from Closet Cooking

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