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This fresh and flavorful easy Cucumber Quinoa Feta Salad combines fresh dill with hearty quinoa, cucumber and red pepper. Easily made in under 30 minutes! Tossed with olive oil and fresh garlic for the perfect salad for any occasion–a fresh salad with a mediterranean flair.

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This recipe was originally published August 2016. Photos and copy were updated May 2020.

Say no to boring salads. Salads should be more than some greens and dressing. This Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta is packed with so much goodness and flavor!

If you are a fan of quinoa, this Strawberry Quinoa Salad is another favorite to try. Also feta lovers, this Mediterranean Salmon Rice Bowl recipe is great as well as this Chickpea, Feta Arugula Salad. And feel free to also pair this salad with Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers. There is no such thing as too much feta, am I right?!

Why You Will Love This Quinoa Feta Salad:

  • It’s so simple to make. Quinoa can be scary before you make it for the first time but it is so easy to cook! You can also buy frozen or microwave minute quinoa these days at the grocery for even easier preparation. Simple ingredients, simple prep–no sweat at all with this recipe–a great side or a perfect lunch for the week!
  • Hearty and healthy. A healthy salad recipe that will fill you up and also get some extra protein and fiber that will keep you revved up and going during your day! Crispy fresh cucumbers are refreshing and this quinoa salad is packed with more fresh vegetables as well! That’s what I love about this quinoa cucumber salad!
  • Easy to vary with extra ingredients. Make this quinoa salad even more of a Mediterranean inspired salad by adding some chickpeas and kalamata olives. Toss some grilled chicken into the mix or even some grilled salmon. Add some different spices. It’s easy to give this salad a little extra something for sure!

Recipe Ingredients:

  • quinoa: Obvious? Ha. Timesaver Tip: If you are in a pinch for time, most groceries have pre-cooked quinoa in the freezer section and sometimes even in the aisle where you find rice.
  • cucumber: English Cucumber or mini cucumber are my favorite. I find they both have the best flavor and very few seeds compared to others.
  • red bell pepper: you could use another color if it’s all you have on hand. The red is ideal for its sweetness.
  • dill: Please, please, PLEASE use fresh dill if at all possible. It will make this salad all the better by 100000%–fresh herbs are the way to go!
  • feta: you can use a dairy free feta cheese for a vegan version of this cucumber quinoa feta salad. Feeling like making your own dairy free feta? Feel free to try!
  • walnuts: you can lightly toast them or add them raw. Use sunflower seeds for a great nut free alternative.
  • garlic: freshly minced for the most flavor.
  • olive oil: A robust, extra virgin olive oil will give this quinoa salad with feta a great flavor. I would not substitute for another oil in this recipe.
  • lemon juice: fresh lemon juice is highly suggested over the stuff in the bottle.
  • salt and black pepper
Ingredients to make recipe.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

There’s really nothing to it. Toss the dressing together and you are almost done! I love a simple salad that comes together so easy! You are going to fall in love with the simplicity in which this cucumber feta quinoa salad comes together!

Olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in bowl.
  • Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sea salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. You can adjust the salt and pepper to this recipe as desired. Sometimes I even add it in at the end. (steps 1 and 2)
Steps to make feta quinoa salad.
  • Cook quinoa according to package. Make sure the quinoa is not piping hot if you are making it fresh. I toss it in the fridge for a few minutes while I prep anything else I need.
  • Combine quinoa, cucumber, red pepper, red onion, walnuts and dill in a large bowl and toss to combine. (step 3)
  • Pour the dressing over top and toss well to make sure everything is evenly coated. Add the feta and fold it in gently. You are all set from there! (steps 4 and 5)
  • While you can certainly eat the quinoa salad right away, I really think chilling for about 20 minutes allows the flavors to meld together. Just do what you need to do with the time that you have!
Serving bowl with quinoa cucumber feta salad.

Recipe Tips

  • You can make this recipe dairy free easily. To make this feta quinoa salad dairy free, simply omit the feta cheese. I know there are now vegan feta cheeses out there so maybe you can opt for that!
  • Toss with extra olive oil before serving. To freshen up your salad before serving, add an extra drizzle or two of olive oil. You can also top with more fresh dill and feta cheese when serving.
  • Make it a meal! Toss some grilled chicken or salmon right on top! This Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken is one of our favorites to add right on top. You could also use roasted tofu to keep it vegetarian.

Storage Instructions:

I usually have the salad polished off in the first couple days. However, you can store this cucumber quinoa and feta salad in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 3 days is ideal for the least soggy veggies, but you can still eat it within 5 days.

Toss leftover salad with an extra drizzle of olive oil before serving for best results. I like to allow it to sit out for about 10-15 minutes before serving as well.

Optional Add-Ins:

Consider adding some other fun ingredients or more fresh veggies to this cucumber feta quinoa salad:

  • halved cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • chopped spinach
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • kalamata olives
  • chickpeas
  • toasted pine nuts
  • sun-dried tomatoes or fresh tomatoes–cherry or grape tomatoes halved are a great addition
  • rotisserie chicken, shredded or cubed
  • roasted red peppers

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Cucumber Quinoa Feta Salad

This fresh and flavorful Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta combines fresh dill with hearty quinoa, cucumber and red pepper. Tossed with olive oil and fresh garlic for the perfect salad for any occasion–a fresh salad with a mediterranean flair
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 c quinoa, uncooked, about 3 cups cooked
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 c red onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium English cucumber
  • 1 ½ c feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • c olive oil
  • c chopped walnuts
  • 1 – 2 T chopped fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ tsp cracked pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
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Instructions 

  • Prepare quinoa according to package and allow to cool. Chop veggies and dill. Cucumbers work best cut in quarters. In a medium mixing bowl, combine quinoa, pepper, cucumber, walnuts, dill and onion and stir to mix well.
  • In a small bowl, juice lemon and add garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour mixture over salad and stir to coat evenly.
  • Add feta and stir to combine.
  • Chill for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers and toss in an extra drizzle if a bit dry when serving next day.

Notes

  • Toss with extra olive oil before serving. To freshen up your salad before serving, add an extra drizzle or two of olive oil. You can also top with more fresh dill and feta cheese when serving.
  • To save time, you can prep your quinoa in advance. You can also buy it frozen or in the little microwave packs. Just check to make sure there isn’t any seasoning on the quinoa.
  • Make it a meal! Toss some grilled chicken or salmon right on top!

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 466mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 635IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 166mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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26 Comments

  1. Jenn says:

    Hello

    Are the calories listed here (nutritional info) the total calories for the 8 servings or is it per serving? And how much is considered a serving?

    Thanks

    1. Lorie says:

      Hi! The serving size is about 1 cup roughly. Nutrition info is only an estimate but it is for individual servings.

    2. Ashleigh Hardeman says:

      I was looking at the individual ingredients to figure this out and it seems to be per serving.

      1. Lorie says:

        Hi! Are you looking in the recipe card? It should show for the entire recipe, not just per serving. 1 cup uncooked quinoa will bulk up to a lot more once its cooked if that is what is throwing you off! Hope that helps!

  2. Heather says:

    5 stars
    I added Greek Olives and Grape Tomatoes. It was EXCELLENT! Will definitely make again.

    1. Lorie says:

      Yum! Love both additions! Thanks so much for sharing Heather!