Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is loaded with the best of everything…soft boiled eggs, avocado, feta cheese, and quinoa!

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We’re going to kick off quinoa week with some good ole fashion Mediterranean health food in the form of this tasty salad. Because in all honesty, for a health blog, there is a bit of a lack in salads. So we’re fixing that. Right now. So let’s talk about the components of this green mess of goodies.

  • Quinoa (obviously): Use either red or black quinoa for this recipe. It adds a pop of color, a boost of nutrition, and varies up the texture.
  • Vinaigrette: Super simple, ties it all together. You can even experiment with flavors here, like in the Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.
  • Soft-Boiled Eggs: Oi oi oi the stress that went into these. I’m not usually a “everything must be precise” kind of cook, but four failed eggs later and I realized maybe I need to be…at least for eggs. And I still don’t think I even got them perfect but hey, it’s all a learning game. I’ll perfect it next time.  (Oh and the picture below is the graveyard of failures.)

Quinoa Salad

  • Avocado: Can’t go wrong with avocado. But I totally lost the avocado lottery today. Honestly, this thing is all seed and no avocado (…ah-nocado!).

Lost the Avocado Lottery

  • Feta Cheese & Red Bell Pepper: Plus anything else your heart desires! Shredded carrot? Halved olives? Banana Pepper?

Quinoa Salad

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is loaded with the best of everything...soft boiled eggs, avocado, feta cheese, and quinoa!

Diet Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Thanksgiving
Time 30 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 330 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 cups spinach/arugula mix
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 4 oz feta cheese diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add quinoa and salt, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until water is all absorbed, then fluff with a fork. Place in fridge to cool.
  2. Whisk together oil, balsamic, garlic, and honey to make your dressing.
  3. Cook up your soft-boiled eggs. Bring water to a boil (about 3 inches), then add eggs. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, then remove eggs from heat and place in an ice bath for 30 seconds.
  4. Gently toss spinach/arugula with balsamic vinaigrette. Add in quinoa, avocado, feta, and red bell pepper and continue to toss. Top with halved soft-boiled eggs.

Notes

Soft boiled eggs are fragile. To best remove the shell, gently tap the bottom of the egg on a hard surface and peel off a small portion of the bottom. Gently slide a small spoon into the opening, between the shell and egg white, then rotate the spoon around the egg to separate the shell from the egg.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/4 recipe))
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Sodium 678mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 12g 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments (2)

  1. Tara vikken says:

    Looks good going to try it next week

  2. Maddy says:

    I love this recipe ! It’s so easy to make and is delicious. I make it with hard-boiled eggs and leave out the feta cheese bc of my sensitive digestion. 😉

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