Pea and feta quinoa salad

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Quinoa salad with sweet spring peas, creamy feta and red onion with easy lemon dressing is the perfect recipe to meal prep ahead for fuss-free lunches. It’s also a great side dish for grilled chicken, fish or meat.

Pea and feta quinoa salad

I love having delicious, easy and wholesome recipes like this vegetarian quinoa salad in the fridge for days when lunch time comes and I’m just not prepared. Meal prep recipes have taken over the internet and for good reason. Everybody wants to eat tasty, healthy food but we just don’t have time every day to cook from scratch. Bulk cooking ingredients and pre-planning meals is a great way to eat home-made, delicious food every day.

This salad has also been a regular feature as a side dish in our home. I love serving it with roast chicken or grilled lamb chops for a perfect family meal.

Peas and feta are a match made in heaven and are a great match for the grains in this salad. I love using a combination of quinoa and Bulgur wheat but you can totally use one or the other if you prefer. A simple lemon dressing and some beautiful fresh pea tendrils finish this salad off perfectly.

Pea and feta quinoa salad

How do you cook quinoa for salad?

Simmer the quinoa in stock or water until the liquid has been absorbed and then cover with a lid with the heat turned off and allow to steam for 10-15 minutes until the grains are al dente. Stock adds more flavor and you could add peppercorns, lemon rind or a bay leaf for even more flavor.

How long does a quinoa salad last?

If kept covered in the fridge, quinoa salad can last for up to 5 days.

Pea and feta quinoa salad

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Pea and feta quinoa salad

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Pea and feta quinoa salad
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Pea and feta quinoa salad

Quinoa salad with sweet spring peas, creamy feta and red onion with easy lemon dressing is the perfect recipe to meal prep ahead for fuss-free lunches.
Course Lunch, Meal Prep, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword meal prep, Quinoa salad, vegetarian recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 340kcal
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup Bulgur wheat
  • 6 cups water/stock
  • pinch of salt

for the salad

  • 3 cups frozen peas blanched
  • 1-1½ cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • pea tendrils, for serving (optional)

for the lemon dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine the quinoa, bulgur wheat and stock/water in a saucepan and season with salt. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered until the liquid has been absorbed. Turn the heat off and cover with a lid then allow to steam for 10-15 minutes until the quinoa grains are al dente. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool to room temperature. 
  • Combine the cooked quinoa and Bulgur wheat with the cooked and cooled peas, feta cheese and onion. 
  • Mix together the dressing ingredients then pour over the salad. 
  • Add the pea tendrils if serving immediately otherwise keep the salad covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 815mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 14.3% | Vitamin C: 41.6% | Calcium: 22.2% | Iron: 14.3%

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  • Hannah
    Reply

    Really liked this.

  • Ingrid
    Reply

    Made this for lunch with grilled chicken breasts as I had friends coming over and we all loved it. So easy and very tasty.

  • Reply

    I’m always looking for new quinoa recipes Alida. And this sounds so light and fresh! On my list!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It’s perfect for lunches or light dinners, Mary Ann. You’ll love it. 🙂

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