quinoa salad with feta cheese and basil

I’ve been trying to take more care when it comes to putting food on our plates because, well, we’re getting older and it’s time to start thinking about preserving our health (and it’s almost swimsuit season in Florida… gasp!). Instead of dishes that are meat-heavy, I’ve been focusing on fish and fresh fruits and veggies. I found a recipe on Pinterest that used quinoa and because I had never cooked with it before, I thought it would be fun to try something new. I used the original recipe to get the quinoa/vegetable broth measurements and also the dijon sauce, and changed everything else. The original recipe called for tomatoes and olives, but B doesn’t like either. I love them…

You guys, even without tomatoes and olives this recipe is yummy and healthy. It won’t disappoint!

Quinoa salad with feta, basil, cucumber, onion, carrots

What you’ll need:
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup dry quinoa
1 can chick peas
1 cup cucumbers, diced
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup red onions, diced
2 handfuls baby arugula, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
fresh basil for top of salad
5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring the vegetable broth and quinoa to a boil on the stove. Stir, reduce heat and simmer covered until all broth has been evaporated — about 20-25 minutes. Set aside and allow fluffed quinoa to cool in a big glass bowl.
2. Throw chick peas into a pan and heat/soften on top of stove.
3. Mix red wine vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Set aside.
4. Chop cucumber, carrots, onions and baby arugula and set aside. Mix in feta cheese.
5. Strain and rinse chick peas and add to vegetables.
6. Add veggies mix and dijon dressing to bowl of quinoa. Toss.
7. Top salad with fresh basil.

You can find the original recipe here.


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03030168343333784256 Sara Elizabeth

    I’m definitely bookmarking this!! Looks so good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07230317338656376910 Kaylin

    So, I am making this tomorrow. I just looked on my quinoa today and thought I needed to do something with it!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14585681189196096870 Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    This salad SOUNDS amazing!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16954804123165852845 Living in Another Language

    Wow this looks delicious! I’m actually putting an order in for some quinoa tomorrow (the woes of living overseas…buying things online), so I’ll be referencing this recipe in the near future. Thanks, it looks wonderful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00857641972678432030 aby ♥

    healthy food.. perfect for dieting.. hehe

    Btw, thanks for joining the collective link party. I hope to see you again on my blog soon! followed your blog too


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06425245107783930386 Jodi

    This sounds really good. I’ve been needing to find more recipes with quinoa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07281689617194191990 Helene

    feta cheese?! i’m in.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15267228491414901133 Halie Renee

    OH girl this sounds RIGHT up my alley. I love feta, and definitely chick peas. And basil is my favorite herb. It’s just so yummy! I’m definitely going to need to try this for myself.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

    This looks amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12323271002753103618 Kendra Castillo

    Yum! I recently cooked my first Quinoa salad and I was instantly in love. Thanks for the recipe :)

    Kendra @ openspaces

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841944679316646683 Tori G

    This looks delish! I must try it!
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11227258025124298382 la petite lulu

    Yummm! This sounds so good – I have really been liking quinoa lately (quinoa fried rice = awesome!), definitely giving this a try!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01390627453974953641 CeCe

    I definitely want to try this! I have yet to try quinoa or chick peas but I really think I’ll like both. I still don’t even think I know where to buy it but I’ll find out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07177081269343759076 Treasure Tromp

    yum! I love making quinoa salads, so I’ll have to add this to the list!

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