Filled with protein and made with pantry staples, this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a tasty light lunch or perfect side dish to any meal!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe in glass serving bowl with small bowl on side for eating.


I’m always trying to get more whole grains into our regular menu rotation and this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad has become a family favorite! I’m lucky that my family loves olives and will eat them in anything. But really, who wouldn’t love a quinoa salad filled with red onion, red pepper, tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta cheese? The fact I can make it ahead of time is just the icing on the cake. 

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad has so many great flavors in one bite and is finished off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and cilantro….Delish! Quinoa itself doesn’t have much flavor; it’s what you put with it that gives it the flavor. I’ve found that letting the quinoa cool to room temperature and then adding the red wine vinegar and olive oil before all of the other ingredients really lets the flavors seep into the quinoa.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad in a glass bowl on a dark background garnished with sliced grape tomatoes.

A flavorful quinoa salad can’t be beaten. Serve it for lunch, as a side with dinner or as a quick after-school snack. It keeps well in the fridge and can be eaten at room temperature or cold. All great options when trying to please a family. 

This salad is super easy to customize for your family. Italian parsley makes a tasty substitution for the cilantro! Don’t have any feta on hand? Use some fresh mozzarella or shredded parmesan instead!

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mediterranean quinoa salad in a glass serving bowl with wooden spoons for serving on a dark grey background.

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Yield: 8 cups

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

A quinoa salad filled with olives, red onion, tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Juice of one lemon


  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed in quinoa. Fluff with a fork and cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the oil and vinegar and let quinoa come to room temperature.
  3. Add onion, tomatoes, pepper, olives, cilantro, and salt and pepper. Stir gently. Add feta cheese and gently combine. Chill for 2 hours to let flavors combine. Squeeze lemon juice over salad right before serving to brighten flavors.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 435mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 5g
This make ahead Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a tasty light lunch or perfect side dish. A family favorite recipe that is filled with protein!