Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Feta Cheese

Classic flavors of the Mediterranean come alive in this quinoa salad that's studded with chunks of feta cheese, tomatoes and gently tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. Slideshow:  Quinoa Recipes 

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Feta Cheese
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa

  • 2 cups water

  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

  • 1/4 cup chopped basil

  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Combine the quinoa, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.

  2. Gently simmer, covered, for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.

  3. Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed. Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to completely cool.

  4. In a bowl whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.

  5. In a large bowl toss together the cooled quinoa, cherry tomatoes, basil, parsley, feta cheese and dressing. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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