Quinoa, Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad with Fresh Herbs

Quinoa, Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad with Fresh Herbs  This dish is great for summer…and probably a nice, healthy change of pace from all the BBQ and pizza you’re consuming this summer!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups cooked quinoa – Cook quinoa as directed on package (although I suggest substituting the water for chicken stock for optimal flavor) and let slightly cool
  • ½ cucumber, cubed
  • 1 large tomato, cubed
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c Pecorino romano
  • ¼ to ½ c crumbled feta (optional)

Directions:

  • In a large bowl (maybe even the one for serving) add the tomatoes and mix with a little salt (~ teaspoon). Let sit for a minute or two.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl add the garlic followed by the lemon juice. Add the parsley, chives, scallion, oil and salt/pepper. Set aside.
  • Add the following to the bowl with the tomatoes in this order: cucumbers, quinoa, garlic/lemon dressing, and pecorino romano. Toss to combine.
  • Add the desired amount of feta and enjoy.
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