Yes, it’s a superfood, but even considering the amazing nutritional prowess of these little seeds, some quinoa preparations can be less-than-healthy, whether fried into cakes(emphasis on the “fried”) or over-dressed in a salad bar. Try this take on a healthy quinoa salad for the perfect light side dish. Packed with fresh veggies and herbs (plus a little feta), this dish takes quinoa to the next level.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2tomatoes, diced
  • 10-12kalamata olives, diced
  • 4-5 sprigs oregano, chopped
  • Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 10 leaves basil, rolled into a log and sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta


  1. Boil water. Add quinoa and stir. When it returns to a boil, cover and let simmer on low heat until cooked, about 15 minutes.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, combine tomatoes, olives, oregano, and parsley.
  3. When quinoa is cooked, add oil and tomato-olive mixture. Stir to combine, and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Top with basil and feta.