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Mediterranean quinoa salad is a delicious recipe boasting plenty of fresh herbs, vegetables, beans, and more in every delicious bite. Greek olives, feta cheese and red onion transport your taste buds to sunny Greece, while cannellini beans bring a taste of Italy to the dish, and the simple garlic and lemon juice dressing adds a subtle flavour of its own to complement the Mediterranean ones.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad on a plate.

Cooked quinoa is a great base for a tasty salad. It’s filling, tasty and pairs wonderfully with the fresh ingredients used. It’s a versatile recipe and you can enjoy the Mediterranean quinoa salad as a side dish or as a main course.

You might also like this roasted beet salad or how about Italian tuna white bean salad? And you can’t go wrong with this classic green goddess salad either! Coleslaw pasta salad and chicken caesar pasta salad are great too.

Scooping Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

Why You’ll Love It

Full of flavour: The delightful thing about Mediterranean quinoa salad is the flavours are light and aromatic rather than bold and robust. The delicate taste of the fresh vegetables, herbs and beans, paired with the simple dressing makes this a salad you just have to try!
Simple to prepare: It couldn’t be easier to make Mediterranean quinoa salad. You just have to combine the ingredients for the salad recipe, combine the ingredients for the dressing, and toss together.
Customizable: The great thing about a healthy Mediterranean quinoa salad is you can omit whatever you want and add in whatever you like, to really make the dish your own. Change anything you want from the grain used to the vegetables, herbs, and even the dressing.

A salad made with cannellini beans, cucumber, tomatoes, red pepper, olives, onion, and feta cheese

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Ingredients

So what do you need to make this meal prep friendly Mediterranean quinoa salad? The cooked quinoa is one of the main ingredients of course.

Ingredients to make a quinoa salad recipe.

And then you also need cannellini beans, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, Greek or kalamata olives, red onion, feta cheese, and fresh basil and parsley. As for the dressing, you will need olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.

Overhead view of a Greek quinoa salad.

How to Make This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Combine the salad ingredients: Toss the quinoa with the beans, vegetables and kalamata olives in a large bowl.
Make the dressing: Whisk the extra virgin olive oil with the lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.
The finishing touches: Toss the salad with the dressing, add the feta cheese to the quinoa salad, and toss again, then serve garnished with fresh herbs.

Making a Greek quinoa salad.
Close view of a Mediterranean salad.

Substitutions and Variations

This Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe is highly adaptable and you can add anything you want in there. Garbanzo beans are good in place of, or in addition to, the cannellini beans.

A spoon taking a scoop of Greek quinoa salad.

Anything from toasted pine nuts to celery or sun dried tomatoes would work, or you can use roasted red peppers instead of fresh, roasted cherry tomatoes instead of raw, or even top the Mediterranean quinoa bowl with grilled chicken or steak.

Add a splash of balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar to the dressing if you like, or sub garlic paste for the garlic powder.

A plate with Mediterranean salad with quinoa.

How to Serve Quinoa Salad Recipes

Since this is such a customizable recipe, you can either make it as it is and have it as a side dish, or you can add some meat or another protein and enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean flavors as a main course. This honey chilli chicken, pork chops, veal marsala, Spanish meatballs, or Italian beef would pair well. It is also one of my favorite side dishes for cod.

Quinoa salad with Greek ingredients.

Actually, the quinoa and beans make it filling enough to have for lunch, either alone or with some crackers or a piece of fruit.

Summer quinoa salad on a plate.

How to Store Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Leftovers

Store: If you want to meal prep, combine the salad ingredients and whisk the dressing ingredients and keep them separate. You can do this up to a day ahead. If you have leftovers of the finished, combined Mediterranean quinoa salad, they will be fine for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Freeze: If you are wondering “Can you freeze quinoa salad?”, well, no. It’s not worth freezing quinoa salad because the vegetables thaw out with a mushy texture instead of staying fresh and crisp. You could freeze quinoa without veggies in it, but that isn’t what we are making here, with this vegetable-rich cold quinoa salad.

Greek style quinoa salad.

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe FAQs

Can you make this vegan?

Actually, that’s pretty easy to do. Just sub your favourite vegan-friendly cheese for the feta cheese and everything else in the recipe is vegan. It’s also a nice dish to make for a buffet spread, since anyone who isn’t vegan or vegetarian can add their own protein to the quinoa salad.

What are some more ideas for adding nutrients to quinoa salads?

This is already a nutritious recipe, but you can always add your favourite greens to make it even healthier. Anything from baby spinach to kale, arugula or mixed salad leaves would work. However, don’t toss the salad with the dressing until you’re ready to serve it, otherwise your greens will go soggy.

As for more vegetables, take a look in your crisper drawer and feel free to add anything that looks like it needs to be used up, such as celery, broccoli, extra cherry tomatoes, or anything else you spot in there. This salad is so easy to tweak and a wonderful way to use up those veggies getting beyond their prime in the fridge.

Greek quinoa salad with beans.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

5 from 38 votes

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Mediterranean quinoa salad is a delicious recipe boasting plenty of fresh herbs, vegetables, beans, and more in every delicious bite.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

For The Salad

  • 1 Cup quinoa, white, cooked
  • 1 Can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ Cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • ½ Cup olives, Greek, sliced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ Cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • basil, Fresh, chopped for garnish
  • parsley, Fresh, chopped for garnish

For The Dressing

  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • ½ Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ Teaspoon pepper, freshly cracked
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, cannellini beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, Greek olives, and red onion. Toss to combine.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss to combine the ingredients together.
  • Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over the salad, and gently toss again.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 943IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 4mg
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This quinoa Mediterranean salad is just bursting with all the best Mediterranean flavours, offering plenty of nutrients and flavour in every mouthful. Quinoa salad recipes are fast and easy to prepare, ideal for a buffet at any type of get-together, and you can mix and match the ingredients to personalize it to your heart’s content.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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  1. This recipe was amazing! The flavors were spot-on, and it was super easy to make. I’m definitely adding it to my regular meal rotation.