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.

Ingredients:

~ 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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29 Comments
  • 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? Iā€™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!

  • Brianne
    January 21, 2021

    Well, now I’m starving! That is such a tasty looking salad. I love the veggies and the quinoa together like that.

  • Claudia
    January 21, 2021

    I love dishes like this that are super healthy and full of flavor. Quinoa is such a great grain, and the tomatoes and cheese really make this a good salad.

  • Elizabeth Ervin
    January 22, 2021

    I’m so happy I found you and this delicious tomato cucumber quinoa salad! It’s incredibly tasty, simple, and I love the English cucumber as oppose to traditional. So good! I’ve just begun transiting to plant-based and vegetarian eating. Thank you so much for sharing šŸ™‚

  • Nicole Anderson
    January 22, 2021

    This just looks so delicious and healthy. Reading the recipe, I can appreciate what you mean when you say it is refreshing. Great ingredients for health and I love that it is so easy to throw together. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Ej Requina
    January 22, 2021

    OMG this i absolutely love. I have been preparing this ever since I discovered quinoa. Totally filling and flavorful!

  • abzstylz
    January 22, 2021

    Your quinoa salad looks delicious! I love how easy quinoa can incorporated into so many meals.

  • Cristina Petrini
    January 22, 2021

    I admit it wouldn’t have been a pairing that I would have done, but I will try it. It is certainly very fresh, healthy and summery!

  • Emily Fata
    January 22, 2021

    Wow, I would definitely love to try this recipe out one of these days! Thanks so much for sharing it here on your blog!

  • Yudith Napitupulu
    January 22, 2021

    Yummy and healthy. I love cucumber and tomato. I would like to try this for sure.

  • Nikki
    January 23, 2021

    Yumm this looks so healthy and full of fiber!! What an easy lunch dish to make!

  • Emman Damian
    January 23, 2021

    I love your Tomato & Cucumber Quinoa Salad recipe. Seems like very easy to do. It’s so refreshing and healthy too!

  • Nilakshi
    January 23, 2021

    This looks delicious. The great thing is that all these ingredients are readily available too! Will try my hands on it.

  • Steven Morrissette
    January 23, 2021

    O M G!!! I love quinoa it’s great and healthy but your “Tomato & Cucumber Quinoa Salad” looks so good I am going to try it.

  • Nimra khan
    January 25, 2021

    I really like your salad recipe, it’s simple and easy to make. I will definitely try this for my husband this weekend when I have time,

  • Ashley t
    July 13, 2021

    This looks so delicious. We love quinoa and will definitely be trying this recipe.

  • Sara
    July 14, 2021

    This is a perfect salad to add to any meal. Looks yummy and delicious!

  • Jolly
    August 7, 2021

    Yummy salad, Thanks for the share.

  • Ivan M. Jose
    September 1, 2021

    I love how healthy and easy it is to prepare this salad. I’ll try this at home this weekend.