Greek Quinoa Salad

Gluten Free Greek Quinoa Salad

While I draw inspiration from many places when developing new recipes for Little Leopard Book, one of my go-to stops is the “most popular” and “most pinned” recipes on LLB.

Vegetarian Greek Quinoa Salad

As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, just update it!” Ok, so maybe I added the last part, but whatever!

Basically I love taking existing LLB recipes that everyone loves and re-making them with a twist.

Greek Quinoa Salad

In this case, I took the Quinoa Caprese Salad (super popular and one of my personal favorites!) and made a similar Greek Quinoa Salad.

Greek Quinoa Salad

So much flavor, healthy and packed with protein, without the meat!

Greek Quinoa Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil (divided)
  • ¼ cup red onion (minced)
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper (minced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 2 tbsp green onions (diced)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) chickpeas (drained & rinsed)
  • ½ cup zucchini (diced)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes

Bring the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.

Quinoa Salad Recipe

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the onion and bell pepper.

Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe

Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

Combine the remaining ½ cup meyer lemon olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, green onions, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Greek Salad Dressing Recipe

Whisk well, then add the sauteed onion, bell pepper and garlic.

Add the tomatoes to the dressing.

Greek Salad Recipe

Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Add the cooked quinoa, capers, chickpeas and zucchini to a large bowl.

Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe

Add the tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing to the salad and toss well.

Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe

Top with feta and sun dried tomatoes.

Vegetarian Greek Quinoa Salad

Seriously, this recipe is so scrumptiously flavorful (yes, scrumptiously is a real word ;-) )!

Gluten Free Greek Quinoa Salad

The great thing is, this salad is easily made in under 30 minutes and perfect to take for lunch.

Greek Quinoa Salad

It fills you up with tons of protein from healthy ingredients like quinoa and chickpeas, while remaining both gluten free and vegetarian. It’s also easily made vegan and paleo by omitting the feta cheese.

Gluten Free Greek Quinoa Salad

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (omit the feta cheese to make the recipe vegan).

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

♠ Paleo Option: Omit the salt and feta cheese to make this recipe paleo.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2 (as meal) - 4 (as side dish)

Greek Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil (divided)
  • ¼ cup red onion (minced)
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper (minced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 2 tbsp green onions (diced)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) chickpeas (drained & rinsed)
  • ½ cup zucchini (diced)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Bring the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the onion and bell pepper.
  4. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  5. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Combine the remaining ½ cup meyer lemon olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, green onions, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  7. Whisk well, then add the sauteed onion, bell pepper and garlic.
  8. Add the tomatoes to the dressing.
  9. Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Add the cooked quinoa, capers, chickpeas and zucchini to a large bowl.
  11. Add the tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing to the salad and toss well.
  12. Top with feta and sun dried tomatoes.
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