Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Dinner made simple!  You’ll love this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe!

15 Minute Vegetarian Meal Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe / Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!

So this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe comes with a little dinner story…

When I first discovered quinoa about the time I started this blog it could be really pricey in the stores.  One day I found a giant bag at Sam’s Club and was so excited.  I started cooking it every few days in a million different ways and basically thought I was a healthy living cooking genius.  It was all quinoa, all the time in the Wunderhood. No joke. 🙂


15 Minute Vegetarian Meal Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe / Running in a Skirt

WELL… turns out too much of a good thing was WELL too much for the Hubs.  I burnt him out on it and he proclaimed one day that he didn’t like quinoa anymore.  My inner chef died just a little that day.  Apparently a Sam’s size bag of a super health food might be a little too much for my meat loving husband to handle.

So we took a break from quinoa for awhile.  I discovered things like farro and wheat berries.  It forced me to find some new things and get creative.  The Hubs is a good sport and eats it all.  He enjoys and happily eats my vegetarian food so I try not to push my luck with the one thing he’s said he’s not a fan of.


15 Minute Vegetarian Meal Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe / Running in a Skirt

So the other day when I went to re-make this old blog recipe I warned him that dinner might not be his favorite, but asked him if he could suck it up just for the night because I wasn’t making another meal.  I would normally have just saved this for myself to eat for lunch, but I didn’t have time that day to do that.

I was secretly thinking… come on… you’ve got to like this!  My Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe is just so darn pretty and it’s been ohhh so long since Quinoa-gate 2013.

15 Minute Vegetarian Meal Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe / Running in a Skirt

So my sweet husband came home and happily ate my Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe without a single look or complaint.  He’s a good, good man.

After eating he said… “OK, so this is good but don’t tell anyone I said that…. ok?”


I tried to play it cool, but knew I’d have to share this little saga with you.  It’ll be our little secret… ok!?

15 Minute Vegetarian Meal Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe / Running in a Skirt

So moral of the story is my Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe will make even quinoa-haters join the q-team.   And because of that…. I think you should give it a try.  As always, I’d love to hear what think!

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By | 2018-02-11T18:21:42+00:00 June 15th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian Meals|9 Comments


  1. Annmarie June 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I love love love Mediterranean flavors- looks so good!
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  2. Agness of Run Agness Run June 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Such a healthy and easy salad recipe, Julie! I will definitely give it a try!
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  3. Love this great easy go to meal. Thanks for linking up today
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  4. Mary Beth Jackson June 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    It definitely looks like a winner to me! Your hubby is a good guy! My hubby is much better about trying stuff too!
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  5. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction June 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    What a great summer salad! I’m just getting my husband on board with eating quinoa, so we’ll have to give this a try! 🙂
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  6. Emily June 15, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Awww I love that your husband liked it. 🙂 I haven’t cooked quinoa in a long time; I need to get a bag of it and start using some of the quinoa recipes I’ve pinned. 🙂
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  7. Rick Hill March 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply


    Thanks for your continuing updates! I am always copying down your recipes and think you should publish a cookbook. As a local news personality it should sell well. I don’t mean it for profit, just to share with the folks of WNC your ideas on healthy eating. Please heal your voice! We miss you on the morning news!

    Rick Hill
    August 21, 2017

  8. Annette cocke March 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wanting a simple but good recipe to try quinoa. But intimates me. How silly but that’s the way it is. This looks great plus I’ve been looking for a new lunch. I’m a Weight Watcher so this is just perfect. Can’t wait to try it.

    • JulieWunder March 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Yes! you should try it– just think of it like cooking rice. Very similar!!!
      But more filling with higher protein…

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