Keen on Quinoa

Back at my recent girl’s craft night outing, my friend Amy, who owns Pura Vida Nutrition, made this awesome Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad for us and I just had to try it for myself again.  I’ve had quinoa once before in a restaurant and then this salad and that’s about it.  A now for a little history lesson, quinoa is a small seed that has been cultivated in South America for thousands of years.  They consist of all eight amino acids, are packed full of protein and are perfect for a gluten-free diet.  It also provides fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A and E.  I’d say the texture of it is similar to couscous and a little bit crunchier than rice.  It has a slight nutty flavor and blends well with lots of other foods.  Quinoa can be found at most health food stores and Costco (that’s where I got this big bag shown above).  Oh, how I heart Costco.  🙂  OK sorry for my little Costco plug there.  Moving along, as you read this, I bet some of you are pronouncing this as “Q-Noa” in your head, don’t worry that’s what my husband called it the first time…and I kind of accidentally scolded him for it and he won’t let me live it down (sorry babe!),  but the actual pronunciation is “Keen-Wa”.  And now I bring to you this delicious and healthy recipe using quinoa.


  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped (I cheated and used canned)
  • ½ cup shredded fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Spinach leaves
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


    1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat; cover and
    simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
    2. In a medium bowl, stir together slightly cooled quinoa, tomatoes, spinach, and
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, and salt. Mix with quinoa.
    4. Place spinach on plates with avocado slices and quinoa. Sprinkle with feta.

Here’s a little before/after for you.
On the left we have uncooked quinoa and on the right we have cooked quinoa.

Mmmm and here’s our finished product.  I really think the avocado and feta cheese make this dish stand out so please, I beg of you, do not skimp on these ingredients!  Enjoy, and have a lovely day!


  1. February 24, 2010 / 12:32 pm

    Yum! I love me some Quinoa! I’ll have to make this this week – thanks for the reminder!

  2. February 24, 2010 / 12:32 pm

    Hi Sandy, thanks for your comment and stopping by my blog page. So pleased you did a feature about Quinoa! It’s one of my fav grains. Quinoa porrige with raisins is really yum too. Your savoury dish looks so appealing (and healthy!)

  3. Sheena
    February 24, 2010 / 1:21 pm

    Thanks for posting this Sandy! This recipe was delish and I needed this reminder to make it at home!

  4. February 24, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    Mmmm, it looks delicious!

  5. February 24, 2010 / 4:54 pm

    mmmm, that looks/sounds soooooo good! I have never had it, but I love all the other ingredients in the salad, so it’s a must! Oh–and I’m glad you put the pronunciation guide in there! Otherwise, I would have said keen-oa!

  6. gina
    February 24, 2010 / 6:59 pm

    I will try this receipe! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Maria
    February 24, 2010 / 8:03 pm

    I agree that the avocado and feta make it extra yummy! Cute title too!

  8. February 24, 2010 / 11:54 pm

    mmmm.. i must try this. i’ve never had quinoa, but it sounds like the perfect food. thanks for the heads up. i will seek this out on my next costco trip.

  9. February 25, 2010 / 2:00 am

    this looks amazing!!! soo healthy and delicious!

  10. Nicole
    February 25, 2010 / 8:45 am

    I’ve eaten quinoa before b/c it is gluten free, but this recipe looks amazing. I love everything in it, especially avocados and feta cheese. Mmmmm!

  11. February 25, 2010 / 2:18 pm

    I first tried quinoa in a food class, where we were required to try it! I’ve never made it myself, but this looks like a lovely pairing (avocados are so delicious!).

  12. Nancy
    February 26, 2010 / 12:00 pm

    Yum! It was SO good and SO healthy!!!

  13. February 26, 2010 / 6:42 pm

    This looks so delicious– and healthy too! I’m DEFINITELY going to make this! xo

  14. February 27, 2010 / 12:00 pm

    You know I’ve never cooked with quinoa. And know that it’s such a nutritional powerhouse. I need to get on that!

  15. February 27, 2010 / 12:39 pm

    How timely! I had just read about quinoa and didn’t know how to prepare it. Love the Greek accented salad!

  16. Jessica
    February 28, 2010 / 11:19 am

    This sounds really good! I just got some Himalayan sea salt from Sustainable Sourcing and I think I’ll try it out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  17. March 1, 2010 / 1:53 pm

    There is a quinoa I love to get at Whole Foods in their premade area. I may have to try making it for myself now.

  18. Sooae
    March 1, 2010 / 6:12 pm

    Yummmy! That looks sooo good! I must try this sometime!

  19. March 1, 2010 / 8:56 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try this for a long time. You’ve really inspired me to try it this week. And I’ll get it from the same place you did! 🙂

  20. steph
    March 2, 2010 / 10:31 am

    yum, sean and i like quinoa too!

  21. March 2, 2010 / 11:23 pm

    Hey Sandy, this dish looks awesome! Will defo have to try it out this recipe, haven’t had Quinoa in awhile and love avocado and feta.

    Just checked out your blog, great work. Keep it up 🙂

  22. March 3, 2010 / 1:18 pm

    I love quinoa and I love avocado. Just bookmarked this. Thanks for sharing!

  23. March 4, 2010 / 2:23 am

    looks yummmmmie! I love love love quinoa! and to make dishes pretty i like to mix the different colors together!. i think i will have a quinoa salad for dinner! 🙂

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