Mediterranean Quinoa Salad & Giveaway Winner

I want to thank everyone that entered my giveaway to win a copy of Must Have Been Something I Ate. It seemed like many of you agreed that what you eat influences the way you feel. :) Congratulations to Dorothy who won a copy of Must Have Been Something I Ate! The random number that was generated was 99, here is what was said:

doe mora says:

I absolutely notice a difference not only in how I feel about myself, but also how I feel about food and cooking/baking.

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Congratulations Dorothy, I hope you enjoy the book! So now onto the recipe that I have for you today. Have you heard of quinoa before? I had heard of it but surprisingly never made it in my own kitchen. I had no idea what I was missing! Quinoa is high in protein, fiber, magnesium and iron. It’s also gluten-free, has a low glycemic index compared to other whole grains and the texture is very similar to rice or couscous. This is just one of the miracle foods that I learned about in the book. This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is another great recipe from the book, Must Have Been Something I Ate. A quick, healthy, protein packed side dish that is perfect for summer. This refreshing summer salad can be made ahead of time and tastes best cold. Quinoa is tossed with crunchy vegetables, kalamata olives, feta cheese and herbs making this salad a refreshing side dish for your summer table.
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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly with cold water in a fine-mesh strainer, let drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring vegetable stock and quinoa to a boil. Cover and simmer on low 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Let cool. (you should have about 2 cups of cooked quinoa)
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and lemon juice.; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine grape tomatoes. cucumber, olives, red bell pepper. Add 2 cups of slightly cooled quinoa and olive oil mixture, toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve.

Yields: 6 servings

Source: adapted from Must Have Been Something I Ate



11 Responses to “Mediterranean Quinoa Salad & Giveaway Winner”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — July 22, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    If I ate this I’d feel great!

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    Elisabeth — July 22, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I LOVE quinoa! and I LOVE Mediterranean!

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    Anita Menon — July 22, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    SO healthy and hearty. all the same.

    WOuld try this recipe.

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    The Teenage Taste — July 22, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    I have to try this!

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    chicaandaluza — July 22, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    Looks so fresh and delicious…have never eaten quinoa and need to remedy this soon!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — July 22, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    looks like a great, healthy summer salad! Thanks, Chris

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    Maris (In Good taste) — July 22, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    Congrats to Dorothy! This looks so fresh and healthy!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — July 22, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    I love quinoa, and I love the idea of these flavors with it. It’s a great summer meal!

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    foodblogandthedog — July 23, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Quinoa so versatile isn’t it? You can go anywhere in the world with the flavours and it works, I love it!!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — July 23, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    quinoa goes so great with some many flavors! whoohoo for healthy eating :)

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    muppy — July 24, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    This looks delicious, my sort of dish!

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