Strawberry Quinoa & Feta Salad

Strawberries, feta, greens, and mint make a bright, sweet, and salty spring or summer salad. A healthy gluten free & vegetarian weekday lunch or dinner!

I’m excited to be guest posting at Anthology Magazine this month with a 4-part summer salad series! If you can’t tell by now, I live on salads all summer long, so I’m excited to share some of my favorites. First up, today, is this savory-with-a punch-of-sweet strawberry & feta quinoa salad.

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Strawberry Quinoa & Feta Salad
 
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Serves: 2 as a main, 3-4 as a side
Ingredients
For the lemon honey vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus more for squeezing
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • ½ garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper
For the salad:
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa
  • ¾ cup sliced strawberries (about 5-6 large strawberries)
  • ½ cup chopped or crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions, green and white parts
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 cups baby salad greens
  • ¼ cup sprouts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make the lemon honey vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and honey with pinches of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, strawberries, feta, mint, scallions, walnuts, greens, and sprouts, if using. Pour in the dressing and toss again. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. I added a final squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil on top.
  3. This is the kind of salad that gets better as it sits and the flavors mesh togetherโ€ฆ so if you have the patience, let it chill for 15-20 minutes before serving. Make extra if you want leftovers for lunch the next day.

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  1. Cassie from bakeyourday.net
    07.06.2012

    This is gorgeous. Heading over for the recipe now.

  2. Amelia from sistersinthekitchen.co.uk
    07.06.2012

    Fruity salads are such a good summer staple! Thanks, this looks delicious.

  3. Kankana from sunshineandsmile.com
    07.06.2012

    I have very rarely cooked with quinoa and this sounds like something I would like to give a try. With all the berries, it also looks so pretty.

  4. This looks delicious! I`m finally going to try quinoa…It`s first on my shopping list, and I`m going out the door right now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      07.09.2012

      thanks! Hope you liked the quinoa!

  5. Sarah from shittyphotosokfood.wordpress.com
    07.06.2012

    Oh wow, strawberries and feta – what a great combination! I will be trying this tomorrow after I pick up a load of strawberries from the market. Thank you!

  6. Alaina from myfoodjournalblog.wordpress.com
    07.07.2012

    This looks excellent! Thanks for sharing!

  7. sarah from thevanillabeanblog.com
    07.07.2012

    Beautiful. And yeah for a salad series! I’ve been so happy to see you getting so much good press and attention! [much deserved].

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      07.09.2012

      Hi Sarah, that’s so sweet of you to say ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. so many of my favorite things. your pictures keep getting more and more gorgeous. nice work, lady

  9. Congrats, Jeanine! Salads are all I want to eat this summer.

  10. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com
    07.11.2012

    Hooray! That’s fantastic! I love Anthology and am excited to check out your salad recipes. Strawberries + quinoa is a perfect combination.

  11. Jacqui from goodthingsgrow.com
    07.11.2012

    Made this over the weekend and it was delicious! I left out the cheese (dairy issues) and used a bit of red onion in place of the green, so good!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      07.11.2012

      glad you liked it, Jacqui!

  12. Renee
    07.17.2012

    Thank you for this refreshing recipe, made it over the week for out of town company,perfect for Florida summer night ! Rose wine was the perfect complement
    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Harriet
    07.08.2013

    I may being stupid, but how many does this deliciousness serve?

    Thanks!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      07.08.2013

      I’d say 2 if it’s dinner, 3-4 if it’s a side dish. It would taste good the next day for lunch if you erred on the side of extra ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for pointing that out, I’ll update that info in the recipe!

  14. Kathi
    07.22.2013

    This is the best summer salad! It is beautiful and delicious. I added avocados and used avocado oil instead of olive oil. Didn’t have champagne vinegar, so substituted white balsamic. This will definitely be my “go-to” salad for potlucks. Thanks for wonderful recipes and beautiful photography.

  15. Lenore Stein
    10.07.2014

    This recipe is very refreshing and has a lovely variety of flavors which combine so well! We especially love the addition of the quinoa and toasting it really makes it a delicious addition! This will become a favorite in our home. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  16. Michelle Henry
    08.26.2015

    My first salad with quinoa. Loved it. The family wasn’t sure about the ingredient but I won’t give up. Next going to try the quinoa and apricot salad. And I hope to capture a pic next time for sharing.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      08.26.2015

      Hi Michelle, so glad you liked it! (hopefully the family comes around :). Hope you like the apricot salad!

  17. rosette girl
    01.07.2017

    I plan on serving this recipe with another side dish. I think corn souflle will be great. However I have other options like cowboy beans until curried split peas.
    I have doubt and I want to know

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