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Cucumber Quinoa Salad

A simple and delicious accompaniment to any barbecue, this salad pairs perfectly with grilled meats, especially beef or lamb. The quinoa makes it hearty, while the cucumbers and radishes keep the salad fresh and crunchy. In addition to that, there is a delicious lemon and garlic dressing, a fresh bouquet of herbs, and creamy feta. All the ingredients complement each other perfectly. This salad will work beautifully as a nutritious, vegetarian lunch for work, as well as a side dish.

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Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 637kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 15 radishes
  • 1 large cucumber
  • ½ red onion , peeled
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons fresh mint , chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh dill , chopped

Instructions

  • Start by soaking the quinoa to remove its bitter aftertaste; place it in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes, then strain and rinse under running water. Drain and cook according to package directions, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. Place garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice, and honey in a blender. Season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth.
  • When the quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool. Slice the radishes, cucumber, and onions very thinly. Drain the feta and cut into cubes.
  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl, add the dressing, and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5-6 hours.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 637 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 960mg40%
Potassium 696mg20%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 845IU17%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 369mg37%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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