Great to bring as a side dish to a BBQ or as lunch for the week. Easy to make in advance.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer quinoa to a large serving bowl and let cool completely.

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  • Drizzle olive oil over cooled quinoa and stir. Fold olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and basil through the quinoa.

Nutrition Facts

486 calories; protein 9.3g 19% DV; carbohydrates 29.9g 10% DV; fat 37.1g 57% DV; cholesterol 18.7mg 6% DV; sodium 425.4mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (38)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2014
I made the recipe as written, except that I decreased the oil to about 1/3 cup. I tasted and really didn't care for it. It was too "heavy" tasting. I added 3T of lemon juice and voila! It was awesome!!! I highly recommend adding the lemon juice, but if you like, make as directed (I do recommend decreasing the olive oil to 1/3 cup AT MOST), and taste. If you like it as is, don't make additional changes. If you don't, add the lemon juice! It has a much lighter, fresher taste! Oh yeah... I only cooled the quinoa slightly before adding the remaining ingredients, as I wanted to serve it as a hot dish. It worked fine! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2016
Nothing special but not a huge lover of quinoa anyway. Read More
51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2014
I made the recipe as written, except that I decreased the oil to about 1/3 cup. I tasted and really didn't care for it. It was too "heavy" tasting. I added 3T of lemon juice and voila! It was awesome!!! I highly recommend adding the lemon juice, but if you like, make as directed (I do recommend decreasing the olive oil to 1/3 cup AT MOST), and taste. If you like it as is, don't make additional changes. If you don't, add the lemon juice! It has a much lighter, fresher taste! Oh yeah... I only cooled the quinoa slightly before adding the remaining ingredients, as I wanted to serve it as a hot dish. It worked fine! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2015
Loved it. Added a little lemon juice and some garbanzo beans(it does not need the garbanzo beans but I like them). Refrigerated it and served it at room temperature with salmon. Had a little leftover and it is even better the next day! Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2014
I really liked is recipe. I did add the lemon juice by freshly squeezing half of a lemon into the quinoa. It was quite tasty and I will be making it again. I also used very little olive oil. I drizzled it all over the quinoa and used only about 1/4 a cup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2015
Excellent I love this recipe. I didn't have any fresh basil but I had tomato & basil flavored feta. I also added baby spinach. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2014
Very good! We added chopped onion in as well and forgot the olive oil the first time. It was still great. We just drizzle the olive oil on to keep it light. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2015
Amazing! I left out the olive oil as I didn't see reasoning for extra calories. But this is going to be my definite new go to Lunch!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2015
Incredibly easy and insanely good. I cut way back on the oil added some lemon juice. I used pre-sliced black olives because I'm lazy. It was to die for and made a great lunch for the next few days. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2015
I didn't have any quinoa but had some couscous. It was excellent! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2014
This recipe was delicious!! Simple clean and light. We had it as a side dish with some Red Snapper and it was a perfect compliment. I had to sub green olives for the Kalamata only because that's all we had( will defiantly try those next round). Thank you for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2016
Nothing special but not a huge lover of quinoa anyway. Read More