Greek Style Quinoa Recipe

For a simple, healthy lunch idea try this protein-packed quinoa salad with fresh oregano.

From "Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty and Cooking"
January/February 2017

  • Greek Style Quinoa
    This protein- and antioxidant rich quinoa makes a simple, healthful workday lunch.
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  • Greek Style Quinoa

Total Hands-On Time: 20 min

Yield: 2-4 servings

Quinoa is high in fiber and protein, making it an excellent food to stabilize blood sugar. (Blood sugar fluctuations are an underlying factor in many serious health conditions, and reducing blood sugar spikes can help us maintain a healthy weight.) You can make this salad ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to three days for a quick and easy meal when you’re short on time.


• 1 cup quinoa
• Water (according to package directions, usually 1-1/2 to 2 cups
• 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
• 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
• 1/2 onion, finely chopped
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1/2 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt
• 1 red pepper, diced
• 1/2 cucumber, diced
• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and allow to cool. 
2. In a bowl, combine basil, oregano, onion and lemon juice. Add salt to lemon-onion mixture and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes. 
3. When quinoa is cool, add red pepper, cucumber and the lemon-onion mixture. Toss to combine, and serve or refrigerate for up to three days.

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Adapted with permission from the book Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking by Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D.