Quinoa and Olive Salad

The inspiration for this recipe? A half can olives lying in my refrigerator, a lone carrot and some fresh homegrown mint and cilantro 🙂  Also it does not hurt to say that I am on a healthy diet regimen “again” and looking more at soups and salads these past few days.  So, here comes the Mediterranean inspired quinoa salad.  It is super-easy to prepare and has the promise of being very tasty,  healthy and filling.


  • 1 cup-  quinoa (you can see the directions for cooking quinoa here)
  • 1 small tomato-chopped (even better are grape tomatoes- I ran out of them)
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives-chopped
  • 1  carrot- grated or sliced finely
  • Handful of slivered almonds (substitute per your liking)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro/coriander
  • Handful of chopped mint leaves (optional)
  • 1 large lemon
  •  Salt and fresh ground pepper- to taste
  • Olive oil-1 Tbsp


  • Cook quinoa till you see the white spiral around the seed. Fluff with a fork.
  •  Add chopped tomato, carrot, olives and nuts.  Toss to combine.
  • Season with salt and ground pepper.
  • Add chopped herbs.
  • Drizzle the salad with olive oil.  Gently toss to coat.
  • Squeeze a lemon all over and toss again.
  • Serve it as it is or cold (tastes best either ways)

Quinoa Olive Salad


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