Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fetalicious For The Fourth

If you're looking for a great dish to serve at or bring to your 4th of July cookout, I've got just the thing for you!  It is healthy and flavorful and can be served hot or cold.  Make it ahead of time so you can spend the 4th relaxing with your family and friends!

Summer Quinoa Salad

  • 1.5 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped and steamed
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 container feta cheese crumbles (I used Trader Joe's Crumbled Feta with Mediterranean Herbs)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • salt
  • pepper

1) Cook quinoa according to package directions. I used half water and half chicken broth.
2) Chop and lightly steam broccoli.  Dice the cucumber, onion, and tomatoes.  Add vegetables to a large mixing bowl.

3) Add cooked quinoa to the mixing bowl.
4) Drain and rinse chickpeas and add to mixing bowl.
5) Gently mix the contents of the bowl.
6) In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, orange juice, salt and pepper, and whisk to combine.
7) Pour liquid mixture over quinoa mixture and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes before serving. 
8) Top with feta cheese crumbles.


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