Greek Quinoa Salad

This 30 Minute Greek Quinoa Salad is loaded with tons of vegetables and tossed with lemon and olive oil! This Mediterranean style recipe makes a great light lunch or healthy dinner! This delicious recipe is a copycat version of Panera’s Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa. The tangy lemon and olive oil dressing keeps this salad very light while the added feta cheese adds a punch of flavor.

Looking for more Healthy Salad Recipes? Try my Chopped Kale Quinoa Avocado Salad, my Berry Spinach Salad or my Mexican Kale Salad!

greek kale quinoa salad in white bowl with spoon

I have been on a kale and quinoa kick every since I made this Chopped Kale Quinoa and Avocado Salad. The crunch of the kale and the protein from the quinoa make this the perfect healthy lunch or light dinner in the Summer. We love meal prepping this salad and eating it all week for lunches. This is one of those salads that get even better the longer it sits. It also goes great with grilled chicken, beef kabobs or salmon.

This vegetarian salad is loaded with tons of vegetables such as kale, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and red onion. Kale is loaded with protein and is full of essential vitamins and minerals. Quinoa is high in fiber and protein making this a super healthy salad!

This quinoa salad comes together so fast. While the quinoa is cooking I like to chop up all of my vegetables then toss everything together and serve. It takes less than 30 minutes to put together from start to finish.

Greek Quinoa Salad Ingredients

  • Quinoa: Use your favorite type of quinoa. Red quinoa can be substituted in this recipe and would add a pretty pop of color!
  • Kale: You can use either baby kale or regular curly kale. I’ve used both and they both work great. Just make sure to remove stems off of both. You can also make this salad with half kale half spinach or romaine.
  • Veggies: Tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion are added.
  • Olives: I like to use Kalamata olives however black or green olives can also be used.
  • Fresh Parsley: You can substitute 1 teaspoon dried parsley in place of the fresh.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a nice tang and acidity to the salad. If you don’t have any lemon juice on hand substitute lime juice, apple cider or red wine vinegar.
  • Olive oil: Along with lemon juice create a light and healthy dressing for the salad.
  • Feta cheese: If you are vegan omit the feta cheese.

cooked quinoa, kale, cucumbers, olive, red onions and tomatoes in large clear bowl

How to Cook Quinoa

Believe it or not there is a right and a wrong way to cook quinoa. Cooking and prepping quinoa correctly creates light and fluffy quinoa!

  • Wash quinoa: Thoroughly before adding to the pot. Why is it important to rinse quinoa? According to The Kitchn quinoa has a natural coating called saponin. It has a distinctive bitter taste that can remain after cooking. That is why it is recommended to thoroughly give your quinoa a wash under cold water for 1-2 minutes.
  • Cook: Add quinoa and water to the pot at the same time. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. I use a ratio of 2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa. To add extra flavor to the quinoa feel free to substitute chicken or vegetable stock in place of the water.
  • Fluff: Just like with rice quinoa needs to be fluffed with a fork as well. Fluffing the quinoa adds in some air and allows the grains to separate and not clump together.

 

cooked quinoa in small saucepan

How to make Greek Quinoa Salad

Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, kale, olives, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice to a large bowl. Add in the cooked and cooled quinoa and toss to coat the quinoa and veggies in dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of feta cheese or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad mixed up in a glass bowl.

Variations For This Recipe

  • Top this salad with protein if desired: Salmon, chicken or shrimp would all be delicious on top of this Greek salad!
  • Add some nuts for crunch! I love adding pepitas, walnuts or slivered almonds.
  • Substitute chicken broth or vegetable broth: In place of the water for extra flavor.
  • Adjust to your taste: Want it a little sweeter? Add in some honey! Want more tang? Add in more olives or lemon juice! You could also add in a splash of red wine vinegar.

What To Serve With This Greek Quinoa Salad

This salad makes a great lunch to meal prep ahead of time. I like to make it at the beginning of the week then have it for easy lunches! You can also serve this quinoa salad as a side dish. Here are some suggestions on what to serve with it:

Hand holding spoon taking a scoop of the Greek Kale Quinoa Salad from a white bowl.

Here Are Some More Healthy Salad Recipes To Try!

 

Need more quick & easy recipes in your life? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter or follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest for all the daily updates.

Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to leave a review! This helps other readers and my website! I love to hear your feedback!

Greek Quinoa Salad

4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
30 Minute Greek Kale Quinoa Salad. Loaded with tons of vegetables and tossed with lemon and olive oil!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup baby kale stems removed
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 cup cucumber diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion minced
  • 2 tablespoons kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • feta cheese for topping

Instructions

Images:
  • Add water and quinoa to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile add the rest of the ingredients to a medium bowl. Toss in cooked quinoa. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of feta cheese or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Greek Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 153mg7%
Potassium 399mg11%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1864IU37%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Easy side dish, Gluten Free, Greek Kale Quinoa Salad, Healthy, Low carb recipes

 

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating




Comments - page 1/2

  • Ashley

    The picture of the Greek kale quinoa salad looks like it has cucumber and feta in it but they aren’t listed in the ingredients. How much of each did you use? Looking forward to trying this recipe!

    • Hi Ashley,

      You are absolutely right. Sorry about that. I will add them in to the recipe now. There should be 1/2 cup of cucumber (diced) and I just add a sprinkle of feta at the end. You can do this to taste.

      Thank you!

      Kelley

  • Brittany Justham

    Just made this, currently eating it! It is AMAZING! Definitely going to become a stand-by 🙂 thank you!!

  • Lyn

    I am new to your site and excited to try this salad….. Is there any way the picture could also show up on the recipe. It shows on the card, but not when you actually print it out….. Thank you, looking forward to trying many of your recipes. 🙂

    • Hi Lyn!

      There is no way to print out the recipe with the image unfortunately. I use a separate plugin to generate the recipe formatting and card so I am limited with the changes I can make.

      I hope you enjoy the salad!

      Thanks,

      Kelley

  • Loooking to lose

    I am doing a 6 week 20 pound weight loss challenge and had to modify the recipe. No oil, no cheese and no olives. So I lost the “greek” part of the salad. I added a bit of garlic powder, paprika and added a touch of cayenne. I can’t wait to come home and have some more with my dinner. Super yummy!!!! Once I am able to add back in the feta I will be in heaven:) Thanks for giving me a yummy way to add kale to my diet.

  • Nadine

    I made this for an extended family bbq, and everyone loved it! I made it exactly per the recipe, and will make again and again. I will make this for myself to have on hand for healthy lunches. Thanks!

  • Jen

    This is an awesome and easy recipe! I have made it a few times already and have also added grilled chicken and shrimp, which makes this even tastier.

  • Andrea

    My wife hates tomatoes so we left those off, but it was still great. I mixed za’atar, oregano, and garlic in with the quinoa and it really helped it to be a little less bland. Yum!

  • Heather

    Loved this quinoa salad – perfect salad to pair with some grilled chicken for summer!

  • Toni

    Such an amazing salad!! This quickly became a favorite side dish at my house!

    Holiday Desserts

You NEED To Make!

BEFORE YOU GO! 

* I consent to receive emails from Chef Savvy

15