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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad With Lemon Basil Dressing

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad With Lemon Basil Dressing

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cooked & Raw
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Healthy, delicious Mediterranean quinoa salad with grilled vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and feta. Drizzled with zesty and tangy lemon basil dressing, this salad is satiating and full of flavour. Serve right away or make it as part of meal prep.


Ingredients

Scale

1.25 cups uncooked quinoa (or 3 cups pre-cooked quinoa)

2.5 cups water

2/3 teaspoon salt

For grilled vegetables

2-3 tablespoons olive oil for grilling vegetables 

1 large zucchini, halved lengthways and then sliced

1 large red capsicum (bell pepper), cut into squares 

1 red onion, sliced

A little salt to season vegetables

For lemon basil vinaigrette

1 cup loose basil leaves

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Zest of 1/2 lemon

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

For the rest of the quinoa salad

1 punnet cherry tomatoes (1 cup halved cherries)

1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (I use those in olive oil)

1/3 cup sliced Kalamata or other black olives

1 large clove of garlic, finely diced or minced

1/3 cup feta cheese (about 50-70 grams / 2 oz)

1/2 tsp black pepper 


Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa: Add 1.25 cups of quinoa and 2.5 cups of cold water to a pot, mix in 2/3 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, covered with a lid. Stir halfway.
  • Once done, leave the lid on for 10 minutes for the excess liquid to absorb. Then fluff the quinoa with a fork and let it cool.
  • In a large frying pan, heat a splash of olive oil. Pan-fry, grill the zucchini and onions over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate. 
  • Add a little more oil if needed and pan-fry the red capsicum/bell pepper for 2-3 minutes on each side as well. Set aside.
  • While quinoa is cooking and vegetables are frying, prepare the other salad ingredients and make the dressing.  
  • Combine the lemon basil dressing ingredients in a jug or a bowl and puree with an immersion blender or use a food processor/standing blender. If you don’t have anything to blend with, simply chop the basil very finely with a knife and mix the dressing by hand.  
  • Add the olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and some of the dressing to the quinoa and mix through. Top with the grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes, feta and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the salad
  • Calories: 445
  • Sugar: 8.2 g
  • Sodium: 509.4 mg
  • Fat: 28.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.6 g
  • Fiber: 7.2 g
  • Protein: 10.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 11.1 mg

Keywords: Quinoa Salad, Greek, Basil, Lemon, Grilled Vegetables, Quinoa Recipes, Lemon Basil Dressing

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