This Greek quinoa salad recipe is so easy to make! It’s a perfect recipe for a warm summer day or meal prep, and is sure to please a crowd.
If I had to choose one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, I’d pick Greek. It has pretty much everything I love – tons of veggies, cheese, olives, grains, nuts, legumes, seafood, yogurt, and fruit. Oh, and I can’t forget baklava!
This Greek quinoa salad with lentils is basically the most delicious hodgepodge of Greek flavors all mixed together. And since it’s mid-July, I got to use only the freshest, most flavorful produce that really makes this salad pop. Have you seen a more beautiful array of colors in a salad before?!
How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad with Lentils
This recipe is super simple to make. The only cooking you need to do is for the quinoa and lentils. The rest is just chopping and mixing!
Cook quinoa and lentils according to package instructions.
Chop up all the veggies and herbs: cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, olives, basil and parsley.
Whisk together lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, oregano, and garlic powder to make your dressing.
Toss everything together in a large bowl with feta cheese.
Enjoy immediately or stick it in the fridge for later!
Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes
Lentils: Lentils are a super healthy food to include in your diet. They are part of the pulses family, which also includes beans, chickpeas, and peas. Lentils are one of the best plant-based protein sources! Half a cup contains about 12 grams of protein. Lentils also are an excellent source of fiber. You can read all about the benefits of fiber here!
Quinoa: Quinoa is a pseudo-grain, and is a delicious replacement for rice. It’s gluten free and another good source of plant-based protein. One cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein. Unlike many protein sources from plants, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
Olives: You’ve heard of the health benefits of olive oil, and olives are just as nutritious! Olives have the same healthy monounsaturated fats as olive oil, which is protective against heart disease and inflammation. They are also high in vitamin E and other antioxidants.
I love to meal-prep this Greek quinoa salad at the beginning of the week. I’ll add a heap to a bed of Greens for a quick and filling lunch. This recipe is also perfect to make for picnics, barbecues, or potlucks!
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This watermelon feta salad is the most refreshing summer side dish. It’s the perfect post-beach or 4th of July Barbecue treat! All you need is five simple ingredients, one bowl, and 20 minutes to get this on the table.
Raise your hand if you could eat an entire watermelon in one sitting…I know it’s not just me! This summer fruit is the most refreshing in my eyes, especially after a day in the sun.
I love combining sweet and savory ingredients in salads for flavor contrast. Some of my favorite salad combinations are strawberry + avocado, berries + goat cheese, and watermelon + feta. The salty, briny feta is surprisingly delicious paired with sweet and crunchy watermelon. If you’ve never tried fruit in a salad, you’re in for a surprising treat!
How to make watermelon feta salad
This recipe couldn’t be easier. Just cut up all your ingredients and combine everything in a bowl!
Cut a watermelon into cubes.
Slice cucumber into half moon pieces.
Chop up a handful of fresh mint leaves.
Toss watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a large mixing bowl with feta cheese, zest of 1 lime, and a generous squeeze of lime juice.
Serve nice and cold!
Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes
Watermelon: Watermelon is one of the most hydrating fruits, as it is made of over 90% water. Eating hydrating fruits and veggies can actually count towards your daily water intake, so eat up! Watermelon is high in potassium and vitamin C and A. It’s also rich in antioxidants, including lycopene, which is important for eye health and fighting inflammation in the body.
Cucumber: Just like watermelon, cucumber is an incredibly hydrating food so it’s perfect for a warm day. It’s also a good source of vitamin K.
Mint: Using fresh herbs like mint in your recipes can replace sodium without compromising on flavor. Mint is actually high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can also help relieve an upset stomach!
Warmer temperatures call for no cook recipes to avoid turning on the oven! This asian-inspired cucumber salad is a crisp, cool, and delicious side dish that will take you less than 20 minutes to make.
It’s been a long spring here in Boston, but I think our weather finally took a turn for the better! I’m excited to get outside more and explore this beautiful city. With the extra time outdoors, I tend to spend less time in the kitchen. Who wants to be using a hot oven for hours? Quick, simple, and no-cook recipes are where it’s at in the summertime.
Since starting Daisybeet, my passion has always been to show you that healthy eating does not have to be complicated, expensive, or time consuming. I think this recipe is a prime example of these ideas. It involves widely available, inexpensive ingredients, tastes delicious, contains good-for-you ingredients, and takes minimal time. It’s also a recipe that can be prepped in advance, as it keeps well in the fridge. Simple summer meal prep at it’s finest!
How to make a cucumber salad
If you’re bored of lettuce, cucumber is an excellent substitute for leafy greens as a salad base. I especially love cucumber in the summer because it’s incredibly hydrating and cooling. All you need to do is thinly slice your cucumber, and add toppings and dressings of choice! This asian cucumber salad recipe involves minimal steps:
Slice cucumber as thinly as possible.
Combine fresh ingredients to make your dressing: orange juice and zest, sesame oil, tamari, rice vinegar, ginger, and chili paste.
Toss cucumbers and dressing together with sliced green onion and sesame seeds.
Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes
Cucumber: Cucumber is one of the most hydrating vegetables you can choose! It’s made of about 96% water, so it is excellent to add to your diet in the hotter months. It’s also inexpensive and versatile, so can be easy to add to your diet.
Ginger: Ginger contains a powerful compound called gingerol, which is highly anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties. It also has been shown to help with nausea, soreness and muscle pain from exercise.
Orange: One of the OG sources of vitamin C, oranges are widely available, inexpensive bundles of nutrition. In addition to vitamin C, oranges are also a good source of fiber, potassium, and carotenoids (antioxidants that give them their orange hue).