Cold Quinoa Salad
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Cold Quinoa Salad with Feta and Arugula

This easy-to-make cold quinoa salad with feta and arugula is great for a quick lunch or light dinner. It’s packed with protein, naturally gluten-free and it’s good for you!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cold Quinoa Salad Recipe
Servings: 3
Calories: 338
Author: Julia


  • 1 cup Uncooked Quinoa (180g)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes (140g)
  • Fresh Chili Pepper to your taste
  • 2 ounces Feta Cheese (60g)
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter (30g)
  • A pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 ounce Arugula Leaves (30g)


  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Season with salt, if you haven’t already (I use about 1 tsp for cooking and then season at the very end, if needed).
  • Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut them in halves. Wash and thinly slice the chili pepper (see note 1).
  • When the quinoa is cooked, stir in butter, turmeric powder and thyme. Taste it and season more if needed.
  • Chill until ready to use. If you prefer warm salad, serve right away.
  • In a bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, arugula, tomatoes and sprinkle with crumbled Feta and fresh chili slices.


  1. If you don’t like chilies, do not use them. If you do, use the ones you are familiar with and use as much as you like (or as much as you can handle).
  2. This recipe can be easily adjusted to your liking – use more/less tomatoes, arugula, feta, add radish, chives or finely chopped spring onion.
  3. Serve for lunch or light dinner. This recipe yields 2-3 portions.
  4. For more tips or if in doubt, please have a look at the whole post.
  5. The overall time does not include time needed for quinoa to chill. This can be done the night before or in the morning.
Nutrition Facts
Cold Quinoa Salad with Feta and Arugula
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Potassium 462mg13%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Vitamin C 12.7mg15%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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