In The Kitchen

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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It’s a New Year, and time to shape up after weeks of holiday eating and indulging. 

Salads are really healthy…but leave a lot of us still hungry. Then we discovered this recipe! You have seen us add grains to our salads in our stores but this salad has our mouths watering!


Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Servings: 6 • Size: 1 generous cup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 145.5 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 15.5  g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Protein: 4.3 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 137 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 7.4 mg


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa

  • 2 cups water

  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced

  • 1/2 – 3/4 lemon, squeezed

  • 1/4 cup (about 10) Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups cucumber, peeled and diced (from 1 English cucumber)

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta

  • Salt and fresh pepper, to taste


1. Rinse quinoa for about 2 minutes, using your hands to make sure all the saponins are removed

2. Fill a medium pot with water, add quinoa and salt to taste and bring to a boil

3. When the water boils, reduce heat to low and cover; simmer covered 15 minutes 

4. Remove from heat and keep covered an additional 5 minutes without lifting the lid; then fluff with a fork and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool

5. While the quinoa cools, dice all the vegetables

6. Add the red onion, olives, cucumber, tomatoes to the cooled quinoa, and squeeze 1/2 lemon and drizzle the olive oil over the quinoa

7. Add feta, salt and pepper to taste, and toss well. Taste for salt and adjust as needed, add more lemon juice if needed


What’s your favorite dish when you turn up the health dial?




Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 4.43.58 PMRaffy is our Executive Chef and he absolutely loves to try new things. Being so passionate about the dining experience as a whole, Raffy puts just as much energy and attention into the appearance as he does the taste. This clearly shows with his love of doing intricate fruit carvings and the recipes he creates. As a husband and a father he knows the importance of family, and we’re glad to have him as a part of the Viga Family.