Greek Salad with Quinoa

This Greek Salad with Quinoa combines all your favorite Greek ingredients: cucumbers, feta, and olives into a hearty vegetarian salad perfect for a picnic.

Greek Millet Salad on a plate

Greek Millet Salad on a plate

Perfect For Summer: Greek Salad with Quinoa

I love a good make-ahead salad, and this one is no exception. Packed with grains and vegetables, it’s lovely on a hot day straight from your cooler. Use the best whole-block feta you can find.

This recipe dates back to the earrrrrrrly days of KERF! I created it to take on a picnic and have been making versions of it ever since! Grain salads are my favorites for picnics because you can eat them with a fork and get all your nutrition in one bite. 

greek salad with quinoa on a gray plate with serving bowl

greek salad with quinoa on a gray plate with serving bowl

Greek Salad Ingredients

I love Greek ingredients! The ingredients are very flexible here, and you can mix and match with what you have on hand. 

greek salad ingredients with quinoa and millet, zucchini, pepper, lemon, chickpeas, olives and feta

greek salad ingredients with quinoa and millet, zucchini, pepper, lemon, chickpeas, olives and feta

Feta

I prefer a whole block of feta crumbled myself, but you can use pre-crumbled if you want. 

Olives

Kalamata are my favorites but again use whatever you want!

Cucumber

English cucumbers are more delicate and have fewer seeds. If you use a regular one, be sure to peel it. 

Summer Vegetables

Zucchini, peppers – whatever you like! Chopped spinach, cherry tomatoes, or eggplant would be great too!

Dressing

A simple lemon & olive oil dressing and lots of cracked pepper ties it all together. Sprinkle on fresh parsley if you have it or add some crushed red pepper flakes for heat. 

greek salad dressing with lemon and olive oil

greek salad dressing with lemon and olive oil

The Grains: Quinoa or Millet or Both!

The original featured 100% millet, which is one of my favorite grains. The grain base this time was a mix of quinoa, millet, and buckwheat I found at Whole Foods! You could use any grain/seed combo that you like aiming for 1 cup dry.

I included quinoa in the title because it seems to be one of the more popular pantry staples around!

How To Make The Salad

1) Prepare grains 

Follow directions on the package or use a rice cooker or Instant Pot. 

2 ) Dice your veggies

3) Cook vegetables

Cook zucchini and pepper in a little olive oil over medium high heat until tender. Season with salt and pepper. 

vegetables cooking

vegetables cooking

4) Crumble feta and chop olives

olives, feta, and lemon on a cutting board

olives, feta, and lemon on a cutting board

5) Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl

Be sure to drain and rinse chickpeas first! Excluding the dressing ingredients.

glass mixing bowl with salad

glass mixing bowl with salad

6) Whisk dressing

Whisk together olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper and pour over salad. Toss thoroughly.

7) Serve or store chilled

Store chilled in the fridge. If you aren’t going to enjoy immediately, you may want to add additional dressing upon serving since the grains will soak it up!

greek salad with quinoa on a gray plate with a napkin and fork

greek salad with quinoa on a gray plate with a napkin and fork

Greek Salad with Quinoa

This is a great make-ahead meal with all of your nutritional needs covered : )

Keyword cucumber, feta, grains, millet, olives, quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, millet, or grain mix
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 6 inches of English cucumber
  • 1/3 cup kalamata pitted
  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained
  • 1 block feta cheese about 4 ounces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste

Instructions

  • Cook grains according to the package.

  • Cook zucchini and pepper in 1 tsp olive oil in a medium high skillet until tender.

  • Add cucumber, olives and garbanzos to grains.

  • Crumble on the feta cheese.

  • Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and toss into salad.

  • Served chilled at a summer picnic!

Here’s me enjoying the first version of this salad while pregnant with Mazen!!

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