Mediterranean Quinoa and Grilled Vegetable Salad has high-protein quinoa, vegetables, fresh herbs, a lively lemon and olive oil dressing and feta cheese. It’s perfect all summer long and a great way to use leftover grilled vegetables.
Although I frequently cook quinoa for clients, I’ve found it challenging to cook it right by following the instructions on most brands of quinoa. Typically, the instructions say to rinse to remove the bitter coating known as saponin, add it to boiling water in a 2:1 ratio, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. The result I got was usually undercooked quinoa with water remaining in the pot.
The method I’ve found that works better …… is to leave the cover off while it’s simmering so I can watch it. After about 15 to 17 minutes when much of the water has been absorbed or cooked out and the “germ” begins to appear is when I cover it. I take it off the heat and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Quinoa is cooked when the germ has been fully released and it’s fluffy and tender. The brand I prefer is Ancient Harvest. It’s a bit more expensive, however, it’s prerinsed and always cooks up perfectly.
Fully cooked quinoa is available in the freezer section near the vegetables at many grocery stores. Couscous or orzo may be substituted for the quinoa.
If you have leftover grilled vegetables from another meal, this Mediterranean quinoa salad is a great way to use them. If outdoor grilling is not an option, a grill pan works just as well, as does roasting the vegetables.
We like our salads with more dressing so this dressing recipe makes a generous amount. Use as much as you like. If you plan to make the salad ahead of time, stir in a small amount of the dressing to flavor it and keep it moist. When ready to serve, add more dressing as desired.
Perfect for lunch, as a side dish to accompany grilled meats, poultry or seafood or as a light supper with a chilled soup.
Looking for another amazing quinoa salad? Try my Quinoa and Kale Salad with Red Grapes, Walnuts and Honey Lemon Dressing.
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