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Quinoa Salad

July 11, 2015 (Last Updated: October 11, 2020)

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 Mediterranean flavors combined with quinoa makes a healthy salad in this quinoa salad.

A salad with quinoa, fresh tomatoes, olives and fresh basil.

This quinoa salad has the simplest ingredients and is so delicious.  I intended this to be a side-dish for dinner.  It never made it that far.  My kids were hovering when I made this.  

They kept coming by and snatching a bell pepper slice, then an olive, then a mozzarella ball.

Fresh veggies, olives and mozzarella balls on a board.

When I had it mixed altogether they wanted the whole salad.  I made them wait.  I needed some pictures first.  Every few minutes they would ask, “Can we have some now?”

 Finally, I was able to divvy up the salad. They gobbled it up and came back looking for more!  Needless to say, there wasn’t any left for dinner.  I guess I can’t complain.  That was a pretty healthy snack they had!

White plate filled with quinoa and fresh veggies.

This salad is easy enough to throw together so I can make it again soon… time I’d better double…or maybe even triple this salad!

Quinoa, bell peppers, olives, mozzarella in a salad on a white plate.

When I started throwing this salad together, I added just the lemon juice and then tasted it.  I found it didn’t need anything more, except a bit of fresh ground pepper.  It was perfect with just lemon juice as a dressing.  This is so much healthier than a dressing with added oils and it really is super yummy.

This salad uses kalamata olives and fresh mozzarella cheese.  Both items can be found in the deli area of a grocery store.  Not all stores carry an olive bar, but when they do, they often carry fresh mozzarella too.  These mozzarella balls are small, about the same size as the olives and cherry tomatoes.

When using quinoa, always rinse your quinoa well first before cooking. Otherwise you will be left with a bitter tasting quinoa.  To do this,  I measure out the amount I need into a large bowl.  Then fill the bowl with water.  I use my fingers to gently massage the small quinoa together.

 The water will become a bit murky.  I then pour the quinoa into a very fine mesh strainer and rinse under water.  Then cook according to package directions.

Check out this post on how to cook quinoa.

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A quinoa salad with fresh tomatoes, olives and mozzarella balls.

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Quinoa, bell peppers, tomatoes and mozzarella make up this delicious Quinoa Salad.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, bell peppers, olives and mozzarella
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 157 kcal


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (cooled)
  • 1 small orange or yellow bell pepper (sliced thin)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives pitted and halved
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls (quartered)
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves sliced thinly
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • salt


  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over mixture.
  • Add fresh ground pepper.
  • Taste salad. Add more lemon juice or pepper if needed. Add salt, if needed.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate to serve later.



Fresh mozzarella balls can often be found in the deli section where fine olives are sold. You want small sized balls, similar in size to cherry tomatoes.


Calories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 288mgPotassium: 223mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 340IUVitamin C: 63.1mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 1.2mg
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  • Reply
    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    July 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Great recipe, Kathy! I love quinoa! Great tip on rinsing first. I usually am too lazy to rinse and always end up chewing on sand and thinking I have lost half a tooth. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      July 14, 2015 at 5:23 am

      The rinsing really does make a difference.

  • Reply
    Kennedy Cole
    July 13, 2015 at 10:54 am

    5 stars
    YUM! I LOVE quinoa! It looks so delicious in this caprese flavored salad! My father absolutely adores kalamata olives, so I will definitely have to make this for him! Thanks for sharing, Kathy! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    July 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I love a quinoa salad and this one sure seems perfect for your whole family! It sounds like you probably should double it next time – or lock your kids out of the kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m digging the mozz and kalamata combo!

    • Reply
      July 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

      The mozz and kalamata is awesome together!

  • Reply
    Emanuele @ guyslovecooking
    July 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

    It looks great and everyone should eat Quinoa. I am glad your kids do and that they like it.
    Simple and good ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      July 13, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Yep, they are great eaters and not too picky…most of the time!

  • Reply
    Martha @ A Family Feast
    July 13, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Sounds simple and delicious and perfect for a healthy summer meal! And with fresh veggies – there’s no need to go too heavy on the dressing! Yum!

    • Reply
      July 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Thanks, Martha!

  • Reply
    July 13, 2015 at 4:43 am

    I love it when a side dish becomes dinner. My kids are like that too, if they are hungry, they are going to snatch at those mozzarella balls too. But this totally looks hearty enough for dinner. Yum. I’d bet eating it too =)

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 12, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Wow! What an Amazing looking quinoa salad! So fresh and YUM!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2015 at 5:28 am

      Thanks, Anu.

  • Reply
    Kathy @ Living A Creative Life
    July 11, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Wow, I just purchased some cherry tomatoes and small mozzarella balls yesterday… It’s a sign! I look forward to trying this. Thanks, Kathy!!

    • Reply
      July 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I agree…it is certainly a sign for you to make this Quinoa Salad!

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