My inspiration for this beautiful quinoa dish was putting a smile on the high school students’ faces at Novato High School in California, for whom it was created. Let me just tell you that they gave it rave reviews!
Why Greek Quinoa? Some of my best summer memories are from cooking with Aglaia Kremezi on the Greek Island of Kea at Kea Artisanal. The tangy feta and lemony dressing paired with summer’s best juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy yellow bell peppers, and sweet carrots remind me of the light yet completely satisfying fare we enjoyed while traveling in Greece.
If you’re looking for a light, bright and delicious summer dish, you’ve landed on the right island. Greek Rainbow Quinoa is for you!
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons/pinches of salt
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small container of cherry tomatoes, whole
- 1 red onion, diced and macerated with salt (after dice, crush with hands and pinch of salt)
- ½ bunch of parsley, stems and leaves chopped
- *Optional - ½ cup feta cheese to top the salad
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Cook quinoa: measure and put quinoa, water and 1 teaspoon of salt in a pot, bring to a boil, then drop to a simmer, cover and set your timer for 15 minutes. When ready (place spoon in to see if bottom of pot is dry); spread on a cookie sheet (keeps from continuing to steam and get mushy).
- Cut the red onion in a dice. Put a pinch of salt on top and crush the diced onion in your hand. This macerates the onion, releasing its beautiful flavors and taking some of the raw onion bite out of the taste!
- Cut all the remaining veggies in a medium sized dice or rough chop and put them in a big bowl.
- Make your vinaigrette by placing all the ingredients into the Mason jar and shaking. If you don’t have a mason jar, you can mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk briskly to combine.
- Combine your cooked quinoa, the vinaigrette and chopped veggies in a big bowl.
- If you love feta cheese like we do, top your salad with a beautiful sprinkling of feta to finish. Enjoy!
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