Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Feta Dressing


Horiatiki—Greece's famous chopped salad of cucumber, tomato, onion, olive, and feta cheese—was the flavor inspiration for this colorful salad.

Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Feta Dressing
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 cups spinach mixture + 2 cups quinoa


  • ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

  • 1 large lemon (2 tsp. zest, 1/4 cup juice)

  • cup crumbled feta cheese

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 2 cup chopped baby spinach

  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ¼ cup sliced miniature red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers

  • 1 ¼ cup chopped cucumber

  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives

  • ¼ cup sliced red onion

  • 1 ½ cup pita chips


  1. In a medium saucepan bring 11/2 cups water and the quinoa to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Spread quinoa on a large baking sheet to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, for dressing, in a small bowl whisk together lemon zest and juice, feta, olive oil, oregano, and 1 tsp. salt.

  3. In a medium bowl combine the cooled quinoa and half of the dressing. Spread spinach on a platter. Spoon quinoa mixture over top. Arrange chickpeas, bell peppers, cucumber, and olives on platter. Drizzle remaining dressing over all and sprinkle with red onion. Top with pita chips. If you like, drizzle with additional olive oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

499 Calories
24g Fat
59g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 499
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 1064mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 123.2mg 616%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
Potassium 501mg 11%
Folate, total 175.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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