Dec 13, 2012

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa quinoa quinoa.

I’ll never forget the time my old roommate saw my bag of quinoa and asked, "What’s kweenoah?”

She’s so cute. I miss her! Hey, Jenna!

It’s pronounced keen-wah. And your body loves it. Quinoa is rich with nutrients and is one of the only grains that is considered a complete protein source. It’s gluten-free and a good source of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and fiber. Don’t you want to eat it now? Oh, good, because I have a recipe ready for you. And it’s easy, to boot!image

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Cook quinoa as instructed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, slice zucchini into 1/2-inch rounds, then quarter them. Place them in a large bowl, then add tomatoes, chickpeas, salt, and pepper.
  3. Once quinoa has finished cooking, fluff with a fork. Next, add the quinoa to the vegetable mixture and toss until evenly combined.
  4. Drizzle with lemon juice and toss again. Top with feta and serve warm or chilled. Serves 4.


Using the Livestrong nutritional calculator, here are the stats:image

Check out the fiber and protein content. You love it. That’s the key to staying full, my friends.

While you eat this, you can daydream just like I did…about this place.

From what part of the world is your favorite cuisine?