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.
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!
LynnMay 22, 2020
Yum! Looks healthy and simple! Thanks for the recipe
ashleyMay 22, 2020
This looks so delicious and I love that its easy to make. Perfect for summertime
MilayaMay 22, 2020
I love a good quinoa salad especially for the summer time thanks for sharing!
Cyndi BuchananMay 22, 2020
This looks delicious! So light and healthy.
ErinMay 22, 2020
Perfect for summer meals outside!
Fatima TorresMay 23, 2020
I love a good salad. I recently tried quinoa in a smoothie bowl and I really enjoyed the taste.
SurabhiMay 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!
ClariceMay 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.
JessicaMay 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.
ShaylaMay 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!
BrianneJanuary 21, 2021
Well, now I’m starving! That is such a tasty looking salad. I love the veggies and the quinoa together like that.
ClaudiaJanuary 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 ErvinJanuary 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 🙂
Nicole AndersonJanuary 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 RequinaJanuary 22, 2021
OMG this i absolutely love. I have been preparing this ever since I discovered quinoa. Totally filling and flavorful!
abzstylzJanuary 22, 2021
Your quinoa salad looks delicious! I love how easy quinoa can incorporated into so many meals.
Cristina PetriniJanuary 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 FataJanuary 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 NapitupuluJanuary 22, 2021
Yummy and healthy. I love cucumber and tomato. I would like to try this for sure.
NikkiJanuary 23, 2021
Yumm this looks so healthy and full of fiber!! What an easy lunch dish to make!
Emman DamianJanuary 23, 2021
I love your Tomato & Cucumber Quinoa Salad recipe. Seems like very easy to do. It’s so refreshing and healthy too!
NilakshiJanuary 23, 2021
This looks delicious. The great thing is that all these ingredients are readily available too! Will try my hands on it.
Steven MorrissetteJanuary 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 khanJanuary 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 tJuly 13, 2021
This looks so delicious. We love quinoa and will definitely be trying this recipe.
SaraJuly 14, 2021
This is a perfect salad to add to any meal. Looks yummy and delicious!
JollyAugust 7, 2021
Yummy salad, Thanks for the share.
Ivan M. JoseSeptember 1, 2021
I love how healthy and easy it is to prepare this salad. I’ll try this at home this weekend.
LaniSeptember 24, 2021
I really love your recipes. Definitely trying this out. Thanks
SimonaOctober 10, 2021
I love quinoa in a salad, and adding feta just makes it so scrumptious! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I will make sure to try it soon x
DanielleDecember 31, 2021
This meal sounds so tasty and refreshing.