cucumber & tomato quinoa salad

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    cucumber tomato quinoa salad

    Totally didn’t pronounce it right the first time I saw this. I thought it was KIN-NO-AH. I’m special :)

    Remember about a month ago (if you follow me on Twitter) I frantically tweeted the following: “For the life of me, I can not find quinoa.” and then “asked 3 store managers and they all looked at me and said, what? Can you repeat that?”

    And this is why I love all you food bloggers out there. A ton of you tweeted me back and told me to go to TJ or Whole Foods. Now why didn’t I think of that before? Probably since I pushed my shopping cart around in circles for 40 minutes around the store that I was too dizzy and dazed to even think to go to TJ/Whole Foods/World Market.

    Well, alas, I found a bag of quinoa and my search for the maggot looking grains ended. Yes, I said maggot looking grains. Here’s a fun story: when quinoa first burst onto the foodie scene, I was so grossed out by it. I wondered why every freaking person wanted to cook with it. I thought it looked DISGUSTING. I mean, the grains spiraling out of their “casing” or whatever. It looked like a bunch of maggots to me. I refused to try it even though I knew it was a super food and it was super healthy for you.

    Fast forward a few months and I gave in. I figured I can’t be a food blogger/foodie if I don’t at least try something once. And so I proved myself wrong. As gross as it looks, it’s so yummy. I love the barley scent it has and how super easy it is to whip up and how VERSATILE this grain is. You literally can put it into anything and you have a healthy meal — well, unless you decide to deep fry it. Since it’s so versatile, and because I was craving a tomato & cucumber salad, I thought to make it more into a meal, I’d add quinoa to it. What a great decision :) It’s both healthy and filling & won’t kill your waist line!

    cucumber & tomato quinoa salad

    Cucumber & Tomato Quinoa Salad is a healthy and filling dish that is so simple to make!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
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    • 2 cups dry quinoa
    • 1 medium cucumber, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 1 large tomato, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 1 small red onion, diced
    • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 cup crumbled feta


    • In a medium stockpot, cook the quinoa following the instructions on the bag.
    • In the meantime, while quinoa is cooking, in a large bowl, combine the cucumber, tomato, red onion, and red wine vinegar. Gently toss them around to coat in the vinegar. It'll look like too much vinegar but don't forget that you have the quinoa to add in :) season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • When quinoa is ready, add to the bowl and gently mix around until everything is well combined. If you like your salad more vinegary add more to taste.
    • Pop quinoa salad in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool.
    • When ready, serve with crumbled feta on top.

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  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    haha Maggots! I’m not a huge fan of the stuff, too chewy for my liking. I still make and eat it, just like I occasionally force myself to eat oatmeal, drink milk, and eat a salad, haha! Girl can’t live on sweets alone!

  • Megan @Country Cleaver says:

    I’ve got a pack of quinoa in my kitchen cupboard but have been so intimidated to make it! I don’t know why, it shouldn’t scare me that much. Just the unknown I guess. This looks fabulous hun – I think you’ve encouraged me to adventure into the unknown!! ~Megan

    • Julie says:

      Oh girl, they’re the easiest things. Seriously, boil a pot of water and put the quinoa babies in there. I left them on the stove while I did some photo editing and the next thing I knew, I turned around and they had literally eaten all the water. It was just a pot of fully cooked, puffed up quinoa. It was kinda cool! :)

  • Cassie says:

    Haha! I love quinoa, probably even more than rice. I use it in place of rice a lot. This looks amazing!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    i’m with cassie: i like quinoa even better than rice. cold, hot, room temperature, with veggies, meat or just sauce – if it’s got quinoa in there, i’ll eat it! =)

  • MaryO says:

    I had never heard of quinoa before I saw your recipe, but have been looking for a rice substitute because I can’t eat it. I think I found it. This recipe sounds delicious! And VERY healthy! Now to run out to Whole Foods to get it. You can’t know how much I thank you!

    • Julie says:

      Quinoa is gluten free too! :)

  • Elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    looove how versatile quinoa is! this looks so yummy and refreshing!

  • Kathryn says:

    This looks so healthy and fresh, just want I fancy right now!

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    Yum. I love love love quinoa.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    This look so healthy and summery :) I need to use quinoa more.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I was guilty of the same mispronunciation too for about 6 months. This is what happens when you live your life on the internet and not actually SPEAKING to people. (half kidding ;))
    Also, the “coming out of their casing” thing totally grosses me out still to this day. I try to ignore it when eating :)

  • Krissy {Krissy's Creaions} says:

    Quinoa is seriously one of my favorite things ever! GREAT recipe!

  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    This salad looks so refreshing and delicious – awesome recipe :)
    Glad to have found your blog!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Three Layer Brownie Cheesecake

  • Colleen says:

    I asked for “kin-no-ah” at our local food co-op and was taken to the granola aisle.

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I mispronounced this for so long that now that I’m saying it correctly, my husband doesn’t know what I’m talking about :) Oops! Your salad looks fantastic!

  • Tracey says:

    Well I know we already talked about this, but seriously, maggots – yes! That’s one of the first things I thought upon seeing quinoa for the first time. I’m still determined to find a way to like it, who knows, maybe your salad is just the thing. It looks great!!

  • Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) says:

    This looks delicious! I actually had the exact same problem with quinoa. When I was talking to one of the Board Members of a non-profit I used to work at, I pronounced quinoa incorrectly. It was really embarrassing, and needless to say, I’ll never mispronounce keen-wa again.

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