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My Big Fat Greek Quinoa Salad

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cups salad 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This mediterranean quinoa salad combines colorful fresh veggies, fluffy quinoa, and a bright Greek dressing. It’s bright, fresh, and so delicious! (Gluten-Free & Vegan, too!) 



For The Quinoa Salad:

  • 3 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (from 1 cup dry quinoa)*
  • 1 (14.5oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)*
  • 1 cup baby tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup diced cucumber (I like English cucumber)
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely minced red onion
  • Fresh herbs–2-3 Tablespoons fresh basil, minced or 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano

For The Dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. First, Make The Dressing. In a small bowl or jar, combine olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine well. (Dressing can be made 1-2 days in advance)
  2. Combine Salad Ingredients. In a large bowl, combine cooked cooled quinoa, chickpeas, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onion, and fresh herbs.
  3. Drizzle The Dressing Over The Salad and gently stir to combine until everything is evenly coated and well-blended.
  4. Taste & Adjust. Taste the salad and add more salt, pepper, herbs, or lemon juice, as desired. Enjoy right away or store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge 3-4 days.


  • To Cook Quinoa, rinse 1 cup uncooked quinoa then add to a saucepan with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and boil uncovered 5 minutes, then turn off the heat, cover the pan with a lid and let it steam 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and cool completely before making the salad. 
  • Get Colorful. I like to use a yellow bell pepper and colorful cherry tomatoes to add even more bright color to this salad. 
  • More Protein. For more protein, feel free to add crumbled feta cheese or grilled chicken (obviously, not vegan!) 
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean