By Fluffy on August 13, 2004
Photo by Summerwine
Photo by Summerwine
"I got this recipe from a co worker after having it at a potluck."
Serving Size: 1 (173 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"Great recipe!! Yes, I made changes to suit our tastes, but it still turned out fantastic, which means it's a strong foundation recipe and very difficult to mess up! :-) My changes are as follows: double prepared quinoa (cooked in chicken broth), 1 cucumber seeded, 6 oz reduced fat feta, 1 tomato seeded, 1 onion. (No olives or peppers or fresh herbs.) Dressing: 3/4 c. lemon juice, 1/4 cup canola oil, 1 - 2 T of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt, 1 t. dried basil, 1 t. dried oregano, 1 t. minced garlic (2 fat cloves). Fantastic! Thank you for your recipe and giving me the opportunity to tinker with it for my family."
"I made this for a BBQ and everyone loved it. I made the salad and the dressing the night before, kept them separate overnight and mixed them together in the morning but I didn't need to - it was great the following day too!"
"One of my favorites. Better the second day once the dressing has had a chance to flavor the salad."
"We REALLY like this! I usually modify based on what I have around (kalmata olives, add tomatoes, or whatever) but it always turns out fantastic. My 17 month old even loves it! Easy, healthy and yummy. I'm sold! Thanks for the great recipe Fluffy!"
"Absolutely delicious! Was my first time making quinoa - am glad I finally tried it - especially using this particular recipe. Definitely a winner and worthy of repeating. Because of personal preferences - I did switch out the black olives in favor of greek olives, and added diced tomato - both of which simply enhanced the underlying quality recipe base. Simply good, good stuff - thanks!"
"This was my first attempt at a quinoa salad and its was AWESOME! Thank you for the recipe :) I only substituted a couple things because of what I had on hand like green olives instead of black, I used a whole English cucumber (because we like cucumber), and I used Newsman's Own Greek Vinaigrette dressing with 1/4 cup lemon juice. I think next time I might put cherry (or grape) tomato in it too."
"To avoid fat I use half as much oil and it still turns out great. I don't like raw onions so I omit them and the peppers (Just because I never have them on hand) and add some canned artichokes, sliced 2 roma tomatoes and an avocado. I also use an entire cucumber. A great base salad recipe, quick and healthy. I usually add twice the basil and oregano, too. To cook perfect quinoa: 1.5C water/broth (not 2), 1C quinoa. Bring to boil, cover and cook on low for 10 min. Remove from heat and remain covered for another 10 min. Fluffy, not soggy. :)"
"This type of salad is totally up my alley and I loved it. Could have eaten it all. With the exception of using vegetable stock, I followed recipe as written. Will make again. Thanks!"
"This salad is so yummmy! I could eat the whole bowl myself...lol. Next time i'm going to add cherry tomatoes."
"Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. THANK YOU!"
"The first thing that this recipe taught me was the versatility of Quinoa. Using the chicken broth to cook it in was just delicious. It would be great as a replacement for the rice recipes that we normally eat at the dinner table or in soups. It is satisfying but without the sugar release that rice has. So can be a more healthful choice from what I understand about Quinoa. But then adding the different vegetables to it, I can see how easily it is adapted. I made this salad just like the recipe said, even the dressing. Though I was a little leary about the lemon, the lemon was perfect. I made it with feta for me, no feta for my husband and we were both happy and content with it. Thanks for opening up new recipe ideas!"
"I love the texture of this, it was a fantastic dish but I think that it had too much lemon juice. Next time I will use a greek salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, and red wine vinegar as the dressing. But we very much enjoyed this. I used kalamata olvies instead of black and my red onion was bad so I had to omit it. Other than that I made it as per the recipe."
"Wow! What a scrumptious dish! I could not get enough of it. The only thing I did different was to add chopped tomatoes which really set it off. I also served it up again as a starter for a dinner party where I plated it over a bed of lettuce and topped it with cooked prawns. I probably overdid it on the serving size because it was quite filling. A superb recipe! Thank you for posting."
"About my favorite salad! Delicious as a meal or a side!"
"We really enjoyed this salad. It tasted very light and healthy. I will be making this salad again. Thanks Fluffy for a great recipe."
"this recipe sounded good, but since I was missing some ingredients I changed it up a bit and went texmex. Instead of olives I used low sodium black beans,used lime juice for lemon juice, cilantro for basil and added smoked chipolte chili powder...i really enjoyed it, i also toasted the quinoa first"
"I tried this salad just to try quinoa and it's turned in to one of my favorite salad recipes. I used quinoa and it was delicious but I think a person could use either brown or basmati rice with great success. This is absolutely wonderful. I did add extra feta. I don't think there can ever be too much feta :)
Thanks for sharing this one. My contributions to pot lucks just got more tasty :)"
"This is great! I rinsed and toasted the quinoa before cooking. Then let it cool before adding all the vegetables and dressing. I used some greek viniagrette plus a little lemon juice that I had on hand and it was perfect. I love the texture and flavor of this salad and look forward to having leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for posting!"
"Delicious! I recently made this for a birthday party and I have since passed it on 5 times! I ran out of bell peppers so I added a jalapeno to a doubled recipe and it added a really nice punch to the flavour. Great recipe! Thank you!!"
"The first time I made this I used toasted quinoa - thanks debarooroo for that idea - and it was great, five stars. the un-toasted version was still really good just not as good. Thanks for the great recipe, I'll be using it a lot :)"