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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 Persian cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup jarred, roasted red bell pepper, drained, patted dry and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup large black or Kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped mint
  • Dressing:
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the quinoa, vegetable broth, olive oil, salt and 1 cup of water. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes until the liquid is completely absorbed. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa cools, prepare the salad dressing. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until emulsified.
  3. Put the cooled quinoa into a large serving bowl. Add the cucumber, red pepper, olives, onion and salad dressing. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and toss once more. Garnish with feta and mint.