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A side salad for ALL to enjoy! This gluten-free Greek Quinoa Salad is made with our favorite Extra Virgin Avocado Oil.
Perfect for lunch packing, end of summer picnics and tasty side-dishes.
This Greek Quinoa Salad has been a long time go-to of mine. It always receives rave reviews and results in a number of recipe requests. It’s one of those salads that I just throw the ingredients in a bowl, not paying attention to the amounts and wallah….a delicious salad is made! However, because I wanted to share this recipe here on the blog – it’s just too good not to, I finally took measurements of the ingredients. But really, you can never go wrong with a good salad that’s chock full of Greek inspired ingredients like ceamy feta cheese, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes & fresh herbs and then tossed in the easiest vinaigrette ever.
Add 3-4 oz. chopped chicken per serving to turn this side salad into a satisfying entree salad. Can you say, ‘perfect lunch’!
Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil taste good and does the body good!
It has a nice light and nutty flavor that’s not overpowering and is perfect for drizzling on salads, baking, cooking and sautéing. The oil is made from avocados that are freshly picked and pressed from premium California avocados. Extra Virgin means that the oil is minimally processed which helps to keep the delicious flavor, aroma, and nutrient-density. You can see just how minimally processed the oil is by its beautiful emerald green color. Note: if baking with avocado oil – it may alter the color of the baked goods.
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Now lets talk about the nutritional benefits of Avocado Oil:
I most definitely consider avocados to be a superfood thanks to their high levels of antioxidants (polyphenols, tocopherols, carotenoids and proanthocyanidins). Several studies have concluded that the monounsaturated fatty acids from avocados can:
- Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides
- Enhance weight loss due to increased satiety
- Support healthy cardiovascular function
- Contains anti-aging properties
- Lower the risk of some cancers.
Read more on healthy fats here.
Substitute Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette for Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil and lemon juice.
You can also make this Greek Quinoa Salad with Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette and it’s just as delicious. It may be my most favorite vinaigrette of all. Like the other Primal Kitchen products, it’s made with avocado oil as well as a blend of greek seasonings and has no sugar added making it a perfect Whole30-friendly option. This dressing doesn’t last long in my house so I suggest you stock up with the 3-pack deal!
If you follow a paleo or dairy-free diet, feel free to omit the quinoa and the feta. By doing so, you’ll also end up with the most delicious Whole30 Friendly Salad!
Alrighty! I hope you’re as excited about this Greek Quinoa Salad as I am!
- 5-6 cups spinach or mixed greens (about 5 big handfuls)
- 1 cup sliced cucumber
- ¾ cup cherry tomato halves
- ½ cup sliced red onion
- ½ cup artichoke hearts
- ⅓ cup feta cheese
- ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
- ½ avocado, sliced
- 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
- 2 tbsp. fresh basil and/oregano, roughly chopped
- 1 lemon, squeezed
- 3 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil (May sub Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette for the lemon juice and avocado oil)
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
- In a large bowl. Combine all of the ingredients.
- Toss gently to coat.
- Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Greek is my favorite cuisine, what is yours? Comment below.
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