Posted on 14 July, 2010 By 23 Comments

Quinoa Feta Salad – Hot Weather Cooking


It has been really hot here in Philly recently. I try not to use air conditioning but when I do, I only use it in one room and we spend all of our time in that one room. I do this because I have window units rather than central air, trying to reduce energy usage and the cost.

Because of this, my kitchen is unbearable. There is a box fan in the window but the part of the house that isn’t cooled is about 90 degrees. I don’t want to cook and try to come up with different salads and cold food. Many salads, however, require potatoes, pasta and other ingredients that need to be cooked. I am a morning person so I usually cook these items first thing in the morning before 7am.

My daughter and I love Quinoa but I had never tried eating it cold in a salad before. Quinoa is still not widely available through this country. I haven’t seen it at the two bigger supermarkets in my neighborhood but a small little market down the street sells it because we asked them to stock it and they are awesome that way – they will get almost any product that customers ask for. And my food co-op sells it. I suppose Whole Foods probably does too but I don’t shop there – I think it’s overpriced and the location isn’t very convenient. Anyway, this same recipe would also work work with couscous.

This is another recipe where I add whatever veggies I have on hand and what I think will taste good.

  1. Cooked quinoa – servings based on size of salad. Cool.
  2. Feta Cheese – this is important because I didn’t use spices or a dressing. The feta I used can from a local farm and was delicious.
  3. Red Onion
  4. Peas
  5. Orange Bell Pepper
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Tomato

This was delicious and my daughter loved it too. I’ve already made it twice. The only issue I have is that Quinoa comes from so far away.

Have you ever had Quinoa? Do you like it?

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