Picnic Wraps with Feta & Quinoa Salad

Picnic Wraps with Feta & Quinoa Salad / loveandlemons.com

In my opinion, the world cannot have too many quinoa salads. Don’t get me wrong, I love the other grains too… farro, millet, and wheatberries are all lovely, but my real go-to grain is quinoa. I love to make a big batch and keep it on hand – it’s the perfect catch-all for vegetables, nuts and cheeses that I usually have around. Of course, since this salad was destined for a picnic without any silverware, I decided to have my cake (salad?) and eat it too by putting it in a wrap.

Picnic Wraps with Feta & Quinoa Salad / loveandlemons.com

This quinoa salad filling includes so many of my favorite things – crunchy cucumbers, sweet cherry tomatoes, herbs, bits of kale, and a good sprinkling of crumbled ATHENOS Feta Cheese. I have to admit that I have a mild obsession with feta cheese – I love that salty tangy bite and I can’t help but to toss those little crumbles into so many things. 

Picnic Wraps with Feta & Quinoa Salad / loveandlemons.com

I wrapped everything in large sprouted tortillas with a good slather of kale pesto and a few pickled onions that I happened to have in the fridge. I realize that the ingredient list for this recipe looks a little long but I have a secret to these quick meals, which is to keep a few interesting components on-hand. In this case, I used a combination of feta cheese and some extra pesto I had in the fridge. You may have hummus, nuts, herbs, whatever. Keep these sorts of things around and you’ll always be ready for a delicious go-to meal.

Picnic Wraps with Feta & Quinoa Salad / loveandlemons.com

Happy wrapping!

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Quinoa & Feta Wraps
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 small cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ⅓ cup Traditional ATHENOS Feta Cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Juice of ½ lemon, more to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 4 large whole grain tortilla wraps
Pickled Onions: (this will make extra)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • white wine vinegar (enough to cover the onions in a jar)
  • a few pinches of cane sugar and salt
Kale Pepita Pesto
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Make the pickled onions by placing the sliced onions in a jar. Cover with white wine vinegar and a few pinches of cane sugar and salt. Chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. Store any extra in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Make the pesto by pulsing the pepitas and garlic together in a food processor. Next add the kale and basil and pulse again. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, and a few pinches of salt and freshly ground pepper and pulse again. With the food processor running, add the olive oil until the pesto emulsifies. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as desired.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cucumbers, kale, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, chives and pine nuts. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper and toss. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Assemble the wraps with the quinoa mixture, a few dollops of kale pesto, the pickled onions, and fresh mint. Wrap and enjoy!

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20 comments

  1. i agree with you on quinoa. i love to make a big batch and use it periodically throughout the week. i recently made a hummus wrap, this is another great idea. i will be pinning this 🙂

  2. Kathryn from liquidgrain.co.uk on said:

    Mmmm love feta and quinoa together, will try this wrap now!

  3. That kale pepita pesto looks so vibrantly verdant, not to mention delicious!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      I think these were ezekiel sprouted tortillas (although they kind of fall apart, so I would find a large whole wheat tortilla that’s a little more sturdy next time).

  4. Allyson from consideringtheradish.wordpress.com on said:

    I’ve only recently caught onto the absolutely brilliant trick of adding whole grains to salads to bulk them up, and my salad life has changed. I’ve yet to try wraps with these grain salads, but this recipe is looking mighty tempting.

  5. I love those quick-pickled onions!! Red onion is one of my favorite additions to sandwiches, but eating them raw is a kick in the taste buds! Plus who can say no to pickled veggies? 😉

  6. Yes, a girl can never have too many quinoa recipes, especially with pickled onions and a kale pesto! And having go-to staples and condiments in the fridge is one of my favorite tricks for bringing meals together quickly too. This kale pesto is going on my list to make soon!

  7. I love quinoa, too! And really, great idea to make wraps with this salad – now they’re even more perfect for picnics! 🙂

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  9. whitney from seeshopeatdo.com on said:

    This looks amazing! I’ve never seen kale pesto, what a great (and healthy) idea.

  10. Elena from bittemehrdavon.com on said:

    This looks soooo good!
    xoxo

  11. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com on said:

    These wraps sound fantastic! I may be making a batch of this salad and wrapping it up all week for quick and tasty lunches. 🙂

  12. jenn from azulielife.com on said:

    loving the kale pesto, yum!!!

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  14. Grace from gracedyer.deviantart.com on said:

    I was introduced to quinoa just recently and at first I didn’t think much of it. But my husband, who has been vegan for the most of his life, knows some recipes and I grow to actually like it a lot.
    And now, what do you know, here I am browsing the web to search for quinoa recipes to surprise him 😀 I guess it’s never too late to start eating healthy.
    Thank you for your this great recipe, Jen and Jack!

    xoxo
    – Grace –

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