Quinoa, chickpeas, and greens, oh my!

This Mediterranean masterpiece incorporates all the amazing and tasty standouts of the health-promoting diet, including loads of antioxidant-rich produce, flavorful herbs and seasonings, olive oil, and creamy feta. The result: One giant bowl of good-for-you deliciousness.

I top it all off with a DIY dressing, my tangy Lemon Vinaigrette, which takes just a minute to prepare and adds a bright and tangy flavor. But you can easily swap in another homemade recipe or bottled dressing if you prefer. It’s total salad satisfaction.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This Mediterranean masterpiece incorporates all the amazing and tasty standouts of the health-promoting diet, including loads of antioxidant-rich produce, flavorful herbs and seasonings, olive oil, and creamy feta. 
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

Salad

  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa, chilled
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ English cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup shredded red/purple cabbage
  • ½ red onion, diced (~½ cup)
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • ¼ to ½ cup crumbled feta
  • Optional minced herbs, basil, mint, parsley, cilantro

Lemon Vinaigrette (makes ~½ cup)

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • teaspoons lemon zest ​
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

To make the salad:

  • Place the lettuce greens in a large serving bowl. Add the other salad ingredients (except for the feta cheese and lemon juice) and toss.

To make the dressing:

  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until everything is well combined. Season with additional salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. You can make ahead or store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Drizzle the prepared dressing on your salad in batches and toss until the veggies are perfectly coated to your liking. Add the feta, and toss again. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

• Use this recipe as a base, but feel free to mix up the ingredients to your liking (i.e., if you don’t like olives, skip ’em!)
• The Lemon Vinaigrette is so easy to make and the perfect complement to this salad, but certainly, if you want a different dressing, a Balsamic Vinaigrette, Tahini Dressing, or a store-bought dressing, go for it!
• If you’re following a gluten-free diet, be sure to carefully read the packaging for each ingredient. While these foods are inherently gluten-free, gluten can sometimes be added during processing for a variety of reasons, including for flavor and consistency.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition Information per serving

Calories: 290Carbohydrates: 35gProtein: 10gTotal Fat: 13g— Unsaturated Fat: 11g— Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 380mgFiber: 7gTotal Sugar: 5g— Natural Sugar: 5g— Added Sugar: 0g
Nutrition information is calculated using a leading industry software. That being said, brands can vary, and there may be slight fluctuations in the numbers.
I’m hoping you loved this recipe! If you made it and want to share feedback, I’d be so grateful to hear from you. Please leave a review below or tag @joybauer on Instagram!