Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Please tell me that you are a fan of quinoa because I am seriously in love with it  

and Kevin? 

Ya, not so much.

He has eaten it in the past, but finally admitted to me that he would just rather pass.

And now that Miss Picky Pants is living with us again, I have yet another palate to please, and trust  me, she did not get the nickname Miss Picky Pants for nothing. I swear, sometimes it seems she is more Kevin's kid than mine. 

But I guess it is partially my fault because I didn't raise her with a large selection of different foods. It was mostly crap, crap, and ummmm ya more crap 


So I am pretty much left alone in the realm of all things quinoa-ish.

But now I have the G-baby, and she is a year old now and trying everything and anything. I love it, and have sworn to not make the same mistake with her that I did with my kids. I want to let her try everything and anything and hope and pray that she likes it.

Although her reaction to oatmeal makes me worry a bit. 

I think it was mostly a texture thing. Coming from smooth baby food type things and all that good stuff. I gave her a bite, and got the funniest look from her as she slowly let it dribble back out of her mouth. Oops!

But I am hoping that little Miss Kylee will learn to love quinoa like Nana does!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Speaking of my love of quinoa, let me go on a bit about this nifty little salad.

I am a huge fan of Mediterranean flavors, so when I was trying to come up with some different ideas for summer side dishes, that don't involve pasta or potato, I immediately went to a combo of those flavors + some nice nutty quinoa.

Look at all of that yummy goodness going on in that bowl right there! Good stuff right?

I ate that alllllll by myself, and trust me, I was happy to do so 

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


You all know that I tend to become a creature of habit when it comes to food anyway.

I mean, I will eat cheese omelets with salsa everyday of the week and never complain about it. 

So eating this for lunch everyday for a week was fine and dandy with me. I just grabbed a bowl and was able to sit right down and get back to work.

Wait, maybe that isn't such a good idea.

ACK! I am a food obsessed workaholic......

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Aaahhhh that is OK, I love what I do, so there are really no complaints. Plus, who else can say they eat their job 

Yup, it is a tough tough job!!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


WOW! Just looking at that makes me want to rush right back into the kitchen and make another bowl.

I am serious, this is a perfect summer side salad, or meatless Monday kind of meal. 

So what are you waiting for?

Grab those veggies, boil up some quinoa, and get to noshing peeps!!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Bobbi Burleson
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa, chilled
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, cubed

Equipment Used



Instructions

  1. place the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper together in a mason jar and shake to combine. Set aside
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Toss with dressing.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: healthy, salad, side dish, vegetarian, gluten free



Nutritional information via Calorie Count


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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

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