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Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa is a Canadian Family favourite, with protein, and versatile flavours, it's no wonder our readers love it. When it comes to quinoa you can mix and match and get creative with flavours and toppings of your choice.

August 14th, 2014

From Family Meals: 100 Easy Everyday Recipes by Michael Smith. Copyright © Michael Smith, 2014. Reprinted by permission of Penguin Canada Books Inc. Photography credits: Ryan Szulc.

Michael Smith's recipes are always delicious and fun to make. This Quinoa salad is filled with protein!
  • 1 cup (250 mL) of any quinoa
  • 2 cups (500 mL) of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) of salt
  • The zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 large English cucumber (unpeeled), diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 8 to 12 ounces (225 to 340 g) of feta cheese, drained and cubed or crumbled
  • 1 cup (250 mL) of pistachios
  • Leaves from a large bunch of fresh mint
  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold running water, then drain. Pour into a small saucepan along with the water and salt. Bring to a steady simmer, then reduce the heat to a bare simmer, cover tightly and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let rest for 5 minutes before removing the lid.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until emulsified. Add the cucumber, red pepper, red onion, feta and pistachios. Tear in the mint. Spoon in the steaming quinoa. Toss the works together, evenly mixing the flavors, textures and colors. Serve and share!

Quinoa Greek Salad
Photography by Ryan Szulc