Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls

Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | A fresh and delicious lunch or light dinner

Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | A fresh and delicious lunch or light dinner


Remember when I said that all that weight I was gaining while pregnant was Future Lisa’s problem?


I sort of want to kick Past Lisa’s ass.

Seriously, despite watching what I eat, actually eating less of it, working out regularly, and exclusively nursing, I’m still sporting a serious muffin top.  At this point it might be considered a pound cake top.

And, honestly, it wouldn’t be that horrific, except that I can’t fit in any clothes.  And I don’t really dig going out in public naked.  I refuse to wear my maternity clothes, so now we are sort of in sausage casing territory.

I need to step up my game, man.

Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | A fresh and delicious lunch or light dinner

And by step up my game, what I really mean is not eating the left over mac ‘n cheese in my kids bowls and counting the salsa I ate with my chips as my veggie intake for the day.  Realizing that my body would probably be happier if I had blood running through my veins and not exclusively coffee.  Deciding that the Jimmy Johns delivery guy is probably going to think that I have a thing for him.  You know.  Making more of an effort to be healthy.

So I decided to try making a quinoa dish.

Can you believe how popular quinoa is??  I feel like anywhere I go in blogland I find it.  And it’s really no wonder why.  You can get your carb loving on and get some protein.  Plus, it’s like rice, it kind of takes on the flavor of what you pair it with.  Which is why I was really pumped about these Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls.  I love the flavors of Greek Salad, and I love that by pairing in the the quinoa, I have a complete meal.

Can I confess something?  I totally forgot the kalamata olives until after I photographed this bad boy.  So feel free to add some in.  It will just make a delicious dish even more delicious.

Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | A fresh and delicious lunch or light dinner


Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls


  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • simple vinaigrette (to taste)


  1. Combine the quinoa and two cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium high heat until boiling. Reduce to a simmer, and continue cooking until all the water is absorbed, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. After quinoa has cooled, combine with the veggies and feta.
  3. Top with simple vinaigrette to taste (about half the original recipe makes for great flavor without being too much).

Packed with protein and veggies, this makes a great, nutritious lunch or dinner!


  1. says

    Would it make you feel any better to know that I put probably as much baby weight as you did in this past year. But….. sans baby. So that’s a whole lot worse 😉

    I am OBSESSED with quinoa salads! This looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try it! Pinned 🙂
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  2. says

    Lisa, you crack me up! And I’m dangerously close to sausage casing myself, and I don’t even have an adorable baby to show for it 🙂 Guess I’ll have to whip up a batch of this tasty looking salad!

  3. says

    Pound cake top?! Sausage casing territory?! Seriously, Lisa! Your posts crack me up! I totally understand the post-baby weight thing! I never lost weight when I was nursing but seemed that as soon as I stopped, it was easier to lose. What’s up with that?! This Quinoa Bowl looks right up my alley! Pinned and can’t wait to try it!!

    • says

      Well if you are me, it makes one serving that you eat straight from the mixing bowl. 🙂 If you are a normal person serving this as a main dish, I would say four servings, as a side, probably eight.


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