Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Greek Quiona Salad

I've been wanting to try quinoa for awhile now and finally decided on a recipe to incorporate it into-the pasta salad I usually make. 
There are plenty of reason you should consider quinoa, for one it's a complete protein. I love finding sources of complete protein outside of meat. Let's just be honest, I'd probably be vegetarian if it weren't for the meat eating husband. I typically only eat meat at dinner. Except for the occasional hard boiled egg at breakfast, but is that really "meat"? I sure don't feel like I am eating meat when eating eggs. But let's not start something with true vegetarians. Quinoa is also gluten free, easily digested, and low calorie. I also discovered that I can cook it in the microwave like Minute Rice, score! 

If that isn't enough reason to try this recipe then try it because it is healthy, but still full of feta. There is a good chance I could survive on feta, hummus, and pita alone. 

Greek Quinoa Salad
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups of uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Cavender's Greek Seasoning
4 oz crumbled feta
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 split grape tomatoes
3 green onions

Directions
Cook quinoa according to package directions. 
Add all other ingredients and stir to combine. Chill. Serve cold. 

There are many variations to this recipe, if I am taking it to a family gathering or church potluck I will use pasta. Depending on the time of year you can add or change the raw veggies to what is seasonal or to your liking. 

What's your favorite quinoa recipe? Have you tried this grain yet?

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