So what’s the deal with quinoa? Is it really that great?

Yes, it’s pretty stinkin great and let me tell ya why. First of all it’s super easy to cook and second of all it’s also super good for you. It is nutrient rich, a great source of fiber, has excellent anti-inflammatory qualities, and a wonderful nutty flavor. Bonus: Your kids will love it! Mine did!

In a pot combine 2 cups of salted water with 1 cup of quinoa. This will give you about 3 cups of cooked quinoa. Allow this to come to a boil, then bring your quinoa down to a low simmer and put a lid on it! In about 15 minutes remove the lid and fluff your quinoa with a fork. How easy was that?!

While we’re waiting for our quinoa to cool down, let’s mix up a dressing.

In a bowl combine 1 cup of plain greek yogurt…

1/2 tablespoon of red wine vinegar…

Some fresh lemon juice…

1/2 teaspoon of sugar…

1/2 teaspoon of oregano…

And 1 clove of minced garlic!

Don’t forget to salt and pepper your dressing to taste!

Time to put this salad together…

In a large bowl nestle your cooled quinoa on a bed of fresh mixed greens …

To that add 1/2 a diced cucumber…

A handful of sliced red onion…

A few sliced red bell peppers…

And a few chopped marinated artichoke hearts.

Kalamata olives would be great too!

Go ahead and add a sprinkle of cheese…

Goat or feta would be divine!

And because I like a little crunch in my salads, I went ahead and topped this salad with a handful of crumbled pita chips!

Top this salad with a dollop of your creamy oregano dressing and you’ll have a heathy (and hearty) meal that you can feel great about!



  • Creamy Oregano Dressing:
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic minced

9 Responses to Greek Quinoa Salad

  1. Kristyn says:

    Hi Melissa, for the dressing is it 1 cup of yogurt or 1/2 cup. It says 1 cup at the top and “1/2 cup plain dressing” at the bottom.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you for catching that Kristyn! I corrected the ingredients. Proof reading is not my best quality!

  3. This looks soooo good!! LOVE this recipe!

  4. Melissa says:

    Thank you Katrina!

  5. Andrea Tudor says:

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  6. Jessica says:

    I like the ease of quinoa, and of course I love saying it, but I can’t get past the look. It reminds me of rice embryos!

    So this summer I’m using a lot of couscous, also fun to say, and cold brown rice salads.

  7. “Greek Quinoa Salad | Pretty Yummy Foods” was actually compelling and
    insightful! In todays world honestly, that is challenging to deliver.
    Thx, Kim

  8. Rice embryos, I love it! Hahaha!

  9. momofnine says:

    This looks fresh and delicious. I’m a rice girl, in most any form,and I love it in my salads. You have me convinced I’ve been missing
    out!.I will be trying this recipe and stepping into the world of quinoa soon! Thank you.

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