Tomato & Cucumber Quinoa Salad

I have made many versions of quinoa salad, but this one is my favorite! It is so easy to make, and is refreshing and delicious. I enjoy making this when I am hungry and could use something healthy to eat, like when I get home from work in the mid-afternoon.


~ Quinoa (any kind, but I usually use red or tricolor) (approx 1 cup dry quinoa)
~ English cucumber (about 1/2)
~ Grape or cherry tomatoes (1 pint)
~ Capers (about 1oz)
~ Feta cheese (to taste)
~ Olive oil and salt (to taste)
~ Optional: cilantro

Start by preparing your quinoa.  1 dry cup is usually sufficient for 2 people. 

I rinse the quinoa and then stir fry it in my pan with oil before cooking according to the package instructions.

While the quinoa is cooking, you can prep the rest of your ingredients.  I also let my quinoa cool for a while before preparing this dish.  It doesn’t have to be cold; warm is fine.

Prep your veggies, chopping the cucumber and tomatoes.

I prefer grape tomatoes for this over cherry tomatoes, and I cut each in half.

grape tomatoes

You can start assembling your ingredients as you go. The amounts I listed above are suggested, and I usually spoon some quinoa in a bowl and start adding in the veggies as I personally like.

I usually add the Feta last, and leave it on top, and mix that in last when it is ready to serve. 

Drizzle generously with olive oil and salt to taste before mixing. I like to use a nice dark olive oil that has a lot of flavor. The capers and Feta add some salt to the dish as well.

I also like to add in some fresh cilantro if I have some on hand.

Since I usually just make this on the fly, I don’t stick to measuring out the ingredients, and it is a little different every time I make it, but absolutely delicious!

This salad is so healthy and tasty!

What do you think?

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  • Lynn
    May 22, 2020

    Yum! Looks healthy and simple! Thanks for the recipe

  • ashley
    May 22, 2020

    This looks so delicious and I love that its easy to make. Perfect for summertime

  • Milaya
    May 22, 2020

    I love a good quinoa salad especially for the summer time thanks for sharing!

  • Cyndi Buchanan
    May 22, 2020

    This looks delicious! So light and healthy.

  • Erin
    May 22, 2020

    Perfect for summer meals outside!

  • Fatima Torres
    May 23, 2020

    I love a good salad. I recently tried quinoa in a smoothie bowl and I really enjoyed the taste.

  • Surabhi
    May 23, 2020

    Looks delicious! And healthy too

  • Deb B.
    May 23, 2020

    Oh my goodness this looks SO delicious. I haven’t had quinoa in years! I think my kids would absolutely love it too. Will definitely make this asap!

  • Clarice
    May 26, 2020

    Dropping by to say thank you for sharing this recipe. We tried this yesterday and it was delicious. We have been trying to eat healthier and this is now a new favorite.

  • Jessica
    May 28, 2020

    Ok this looks so good! Do you think I I could incorporate it into a rice recipe? I’d love to see if I could.

  • Shayla
    May 30, 2020

    This! This is what I’m talking about! I love salads that can be a meal in a bowl and this looks so good and right up my alley. I can’t wait to try it!