Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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!

Mediterranean Quinoa Veggie Salad

Julie Wunder
A healthy quinoa dish that is great as a side dish or light vegetarian meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cups quinoa
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs, chopped (basil, oregano and parsley are tasty!)
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, if from a can, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of myHomemade Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • optional: 1/2 cup feta cheese, additional lemon


  • Cook the quinoa in the broth or water according to package instructions. One fluffed, put in the fridge to cool down.
  • Once cooled to at least room temperature, toss the rest of the ingredients into the quinoa! Add the smaller amount of dressing and add more until you like the taste! You might also want to add more salt and pepper at this point.
  • Serve room temperature or chilled. Stores in the fridge well!
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Use my Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette for this recipe!

Healthy & Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing recipe / Running in a Skirt


Like this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe? Find it later by pinning this to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you so much for the support. 

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

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

This is a 2013 Running in a Skir recipe that got a fancy makeover with new photos, text and recipe instructions in 2017!  Here’s what it looked like the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚


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I’m linking up this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe with: Meatless Monday Meatless Monday,  Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

By | 2020-06-02T17:06:23-04:00 June 15th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Salads, Vegetarian Meals|12 Comments


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

    I love love love Mediterranean flavors- looks so good!

  5. 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!

  6. Love this great easy go to meal. Thanks for linking up today

  7. 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!

  8. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Emily June 15, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Awww I love that your husband liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 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

  11. 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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