Quinoa is such a great grain alternative for those who avoid wheat and gluten. Not only does it have higher protein content, it is packed with energizing B vitamins, muscle-relaxing magnesium and blood-sugar-balancing fibre. You can use any variety or a mixture of varieties to make this salad.
2 cups cooked white quinoa
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
Small handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/4 lemon, approximately 1 Tbsp
1/2 tsp sea salt
pinch of fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
Combine cooked quinoa and veggies in a bowl. Whisk together oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and oregano. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Top with crumbled feta.
If you'd like to up the protein and nutrition of this salad even more, you can add baked salmon or chicken or for vegetarians, roasted chickpeas.