I have always wanted to prepare something Greek, anything Greek. Hard to believe, I have never really made anything Greek before, so when I came across this Greek Style Quinoa Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen, I had to make it! If you haven't been to Kalyn's Kitchen before, you should definitely check it out, she has some great recipes!
Greek Style Quinoa Salad
slightly adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen
3/4 c quinoa (rinsed)
1 1/4 c water
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
1 c grape tomatoes
1/3 c kalmata olives
1/4 c crumbled feta cheese
1/4 c mint (I prefer a little less, depends how much you like mint)
1/3 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp cumin
dash of cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste
Rinse quinoa 2-3 times. Pour rinsed quinoa in a small sauce pan over medium heat for a few minutes, to toast the quinoa a bit. Add water, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer with cover on for 10 minutes. Do not remove cover but turn heat off. Leave on burner covered for 10-15 minutes. Remove cover. Your quinoa should be nice and fluffy. Chill.
Whisk together EVOO, lemon, cumin, cinnamon, and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use
Chop peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, feta and mint. Once quinoa is cooled, mix veggies and olives with quinoa. Add feta and mint. Top with dressing and mix. Salt and pepper to taste. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Voila. Another tasty way to prepare quinoa and perfect bring to work leftovers. Bon Appetit!!