Feta and lemon quinoa salad is a deliciously fresh tasting gluten free vegetarian healthy lunch option. Packed full of nutritional goodness this low cost salad is quick and easy to prepare. The classic Mediterranean flavours, brought to life with a zingy lemon vinaigrette.
Although during summer I’m still inclined to take one of my soups every day to work for lunch, from time to time I do like to shake it up a bit with a good filling salad.
Like this delicious feta and lemon quinoa salad.
It would be a shame to miss out on all the fantastic fresh salad produce in the shops at the moment by sticking to soups every day.
Particularly cherry tomatoes, they just seem to taste so much juicier now, rather than in winter don't you think?
It's just that when time is limited, and I’m home late from work in the evening, it’s often far easier to reach into the freezer and get out one of my pre-made soups.
Fortunately though, I came up with this feta and lemon quinoa salad as an ideal solution to the limited time issue and this means I CAN take advantage of all that fantastic fresh salad produce!
You'll be able to make this feta and lemon quinoa salad in just 10 minutes if you’ve already got cooked quinoa and peas.
Plus, quinoa is just such a super amazing grain!
Check out this detailed article on the 27 science-backed health benefits of quinoa if you don't believe me!
I got the idea for this feta and lemon quinoa salad from a pre-made healthy lunch I bought out of a well-known U.K. high street store, prior to travelling on a train to London a few years ago.
It stuck in my memory and the lemony flavours of that salad really complimented the quinoa, feta and edamame beans.
I wasn’t able to get edamame beans for this, my version. So I’ve substituted with peas instead. You could add edamame beans instead if you can get them.
Also, goats cheese would be fine as a feta cheese substitute if you can’t get that.
Talking of feta cheese, whilst writing up this recipe I did some checking up on the benefits of feta cheese.
Is Feta Cheese Good For You?
I came to the conclusion that like any cheese, feta cheese is one to enjoy in moderation.
It can be high in saturated fat and salt. But, that depends on how it's made and there are healthier versions available and that's what I tend to use.
Saying that though, feta cheese is still one of the healthiest cheeses you can choose and an ideal addition to your salad.
Made from either sheep or goats milk, its packed with vital vitamins and minerals and is an excellent replacement high protein source for vegetarians.
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Feta and Lemon Quinoa Salad Recipe
You'll need cooked quinoa for this feta salad recipe. It doesn't take long though.
You can cook 60g of rinsed quinoa in 300ml of water which only takes about 20 minutes!
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
Feta and Lemon Quinoa Salad Recipe
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- 60 g quinoa cooked and cooled*
- 80 g feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
- 70 g peas cooked
- 8 halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 small red onion finely diced
Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed is best
- 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- Make the lemon vinaigrette by combining all the vinaigrette ingredients into a small bowl and seasoning to taste.
- Make the salad by placing the quinoa in a medium sized bowl and combining with the onion.
- Crumble the feta into the bowl with the quinoa and onion, then add the peas and cherry tomatoes.
- Pour over the lemon vinaigrette, add the chopped coriander and gently mix everything together.
- Transfer to serving bowls and squeeze extra lemon juice over if required.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Soup?! For lunch...and in the summer!? :O
Yeah totally Rebecca. 🙂
But maybe it's cause our summer isn't really that hot? I mean today it's only about 15 degrees C here, I'm guessing it's much warmer where you are! 😀
rachel @ athletic avocado
Such a light and refreshing summer meal! Pinned 🙂
Awesome, thank you so much Rachel! 🙂
Susie @ Suzlyfe
OMG YOU WILL LOVE HAWAII. and San Fran. OMG EAT ALL THE FOODS WALK ALL THE PLACES. Amazing trip. I love that you went to see the gorillas this year and are going to America (which, to us, is not exotic, but still is) next year! You take amazing trips!
We cannot wait Susie! We save all our pennies for our holidays and live a pretty much minimal life in Glasgow to do so.
But yes, we will do all the walking and most definitely eat all the foods 😀
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
Neil, I am not sure if I love this salad more or the fact that you talk about applying the 80/20 way to all aspects of life! Love hat philosophy! I wish y'all were stopping over in Atlanta too - but San Francisco is a wonderful option! Are y'all going to be staying there long enough to enjoy the sights? Cannot wait to follow y'all along...
Ha ha, no problems Shashi, I'm just delighted that you are interested in the philosophy that Lynne and I have been living by now, and the one that has been working for us, not just in a diet and health sense, but also in our finances and careers and plans for the future. I'm looking forward to sharing that. Along with lot's more lovely food too! I'm just getting some stuff done on my site (from a recent SEO audit I had done) to make it faster and give Users a better experience first.
We've got 4 days in San Francisco. End of March 2017. And we'll be doing all the sights, yes. Alcatraz etc. And I'd love to be able to take the wine train too. But we'll have to see. There's so much to see and do. And never enough time 😉
I should make this with cauli-rice! Although I guess no feta either, hmmmmm! So lemon cauliflower? LOL!
Now there's an idea! Lemon cauliflower salad? Well you know how all my recipes are completely versatile! 😀