On vacation in Boston and California, I had the opportunity to go to Whole Foods not one, but THREE times! This was very exciting. Not so exciting? Small suitcases and checked-luggage weight limits. It was probably better for my wallet, anyways, that I couldn’t take the entire store home with me. I did manage to snag a few of my favorites, though, including some quinoa from the bulk bins!
Other stowaways that made it into my bag included wheatberries; dried figs; and a walnut, pepita, raisin and pineapple trail mix that I put together at a cool Make-Your-Own-Trail-Mix bar. Love.
I couldn’t wait to use the quinoa, so it made it into our first meal back at home! I loooove Greek salads. Olives are one of my favorite foods. They have been since age 2. Feta cheese? Yes, please. Cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, oh my! Anyways… Since quinoa kind of reminds me of tabouli (and Middle Eastern and Greek foods are pretty similar), I decided to make a Greek salad/tabouli take on the quinoa. Holy deliciousness.
Greek Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup veggie stock
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup cucumber, diced
- 1 cup green pepper, diced
- 1/3 cup scallion, sliced (or diced red onion)
- 1 cup grape tomatos, quartered
- 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Start by bringing the veggie stock and water to a boil in a small to medium pot. Add the quinoa, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, chop all your veggies and combine them in a mixing bowl.
Add oil, vinegar and oregano and toss.
When the quinoa finishes cooking, let it cool to room temperature (you don’t want to melt the cheese). Then add it to the veggies and toss. Finally, add the cheese and toss everything together.
Amazing. Seriously, you need to make this. Even if you don’t have or like quinoa. Make it with orzo or couscous. But make it. This is definitely one of my favorites! If you love all those salty Mediterranean flavors, you will love this. Anyone want to take me on a vacation to Greece?
If you’re a quinoa fan, check out my other salad creations: