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Quinoa Greek Salad

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This is a recipe I make nearly every week.  A few years ago I met my wonderful husband in Athens, and we often enjoy eating Greek dishes that bring back nostalgic memories of that trip. This is a staple in our house, although it has evolved to be quite different from the authentic Greek Salads you will find in restaurants along the Aegean coast.  Quinoa provides a delicious source of protein, along with the feta cheese, making this a healthy vegetarian dish. Tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and peppers can all be found fresh and local in the summer, making this salad even more mouth watering!

Here is everything you will need:

  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 4 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 yellow bell pepper 
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 ¼ cups feta 
  • 8-12 Kalamata olives 

Start by rinsing the quinoa. Place the quinoa in a small pot with 1 ½ cups water and a pinch of salt, bring to boil.  Cover and reduce heat to simmer until tender and all liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.  Let cool.

Whisk red wine vinegar, juice of one lemon, mustard, honey, garlic, and Italian seasoning in a large bowl.  Drizzle in the olive oil as you keep whisking until the oil and lemon juice mixture have fully incorporated.

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Now comes the fun part! Just chop up all the other ingredients and add them to the bowl.  I like to chop things quite small, so I can have a little bit of each ingredient in a single bite. Add the quinoa to the chopped veggies and toss it all to coat everything in your yummy dressing.

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Voila, you’re done!  Taste it to see if you want more of anything.  If you find it sour, add more olive oil.  If it’s a little plain, another squeeze of lemon.  You can also add a handful of fresh chopped herbs.  I’ve used just about everything, but mint and tarragon have been my favorites so far.  A traditional Greek salad would have tons of oregano in it.  But as you can see, I have strayed quite far from tradition here.  Have fun with this salad, add things you like and omit things you don’t!

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