In the world of salads, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but this protein-packed quinoa salad is here to change that. It’s a delightful combination of flavors and textures that not only pleases the palate but also fuels your body with essential nutrients. You can of course make different versions of this salad with easy tweaks, but this is our favorite recipe.
Let’s start with quinoa, a complete protein and a fantastic source of fiber. It forms the hearty base of our salad.
The crunch comes from fresh cucumber and red onion, adding a crisp texture and a pop of color. The cucumber’s coolness balances the sharp bite of the red onion, creating a harmonious mix.
Then there’s the feta cheese, adding a creamy tanginess that complements the other ingredients beautifully. Its salty richness means you don’t need much salt to season the salad.
Fresh parsley is more than just a garnish here; it brings a burst of freshness and a hint of peppery flavor. And, of course, what’s a salad without a dressing? A simple whisk of lemon juice and olive oil, drizzled over the salad, brightens up the flavors. The lemon’s acidity cuts through the richness of the feta and olive oil, bringing everything together in a zesty symphony.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 cucumbers, chopped
- Finely chopped parsley
- Half a cup of feta
- The juice of 1 lemon
- Olive oil and salt to taste
- Add the cooked quinoa to a bowl.
- Cut the vegetables and add them to the bowl with the quinoa.
- Add the feta to the bowl.
- Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to the salad.
- Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.