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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  1. Laura says

    This looks so yum! I make a variation of this salad with lentils and will toss with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Also have you tried red quinoa?

    • says

      Hi Laura – I haven’t tried the red kind but they do have it at my food co-op. Maybe I’ll try that next time.

      I’ve never made a lentil salad either – another idea!

  2. says

    That looks amazing! It has been so hot here I have not felt like cooking and big meals just do not taste good anyway.

    • says

      Hi – I love Quinoa. My only problem is that is comes from so far away and I’m trying to eat locally. I don’t think it’s being grown in PA. :-)

  3. says

    I made quinoa salad when I was trying elimination diet for my kids eczema. I was trying to avoid wheat and quinoa sounded like a good substitution. My family hated it but I LOVED it.

    The last one I made was with cut up avocados, cilantro, tomatoes, celery, and scallions.

    I usually cook extra, store in a glass container and refrigerate until needed for salads.

    • says

      Hi Karen – Bummer that they didn’t like it but that means more for you. My kid has always loved rice and now she likes quinoa more – she wants it all the time.

    • says

      Hi Christine – Awesome! I’ve found something you haven’t made yet – see, you just needed some inspiration ;-)

      How did your super spicy chili turn out?

    • says

      Hi Jitu – I cook the quinoa early in the morning before it gets too hot. Then I just throw in some veggies and cheese later on and I have a simple and healthy dinner. I love quinoa!

  4. says

    I love this recipe, so simple and easy, nothing to measure when feta is your dressing.

    Quinoa is turning up on the shelves of most of the grocery chains in my area. Market Basket (a New England chain) can’t seem to decide where to stock it. They have three different brands of quinoa seeds, stocked in three different aisles.

    • says

      Hi Tammi – One of the stores in my area is like that. They don’t know what to do with certain items like quinoa or tvp and they store them in multiple locations or keep moving them around.

  5. says

    Sounds interesting. I need to search my local supermarkets to see if I can find Quinoa here. This is the first time I hear of it.

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