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Quinoa Salad with Feta and Chia Seeds

Chia Seed Quinoa Salad Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Have you noticed that chia seeds seem to be everywhere on the internet lately?

They are one of the trendiest ingredients as of late, and I admit that despite seeing chia seeds in recipes all over the place, I never felt compelled to try them.

A few weeks back when I was at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch with Land O’Lakes, one of the secret ingredients during our cooking challenge was…chia seeds! It was Julie and Sommer who had to cook with the chia seeds, but of course, I had to taste their chia seed creation, which was some sort of quinoa salad with toasted chia seeds in it.

…it was SOOOOOOO good! Oh my goodness.

When I got home, I bought a bag of chia seeds and have insisted on putting them in nearly everything (don’t worry, this won’t become the Chia Seed blog).

Chia Seed Quinoa Salad Recipe

If you haven’t tried Chia Seeds, they have a really nutty, toasty, sesame seed-ish flavor to them. They’re awesome. But aside from their flavor, a lot of people like them for health reasons, as they evidently have healthy omegas, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. I consider that a bonus!

Start by toasting the chia seeds in a dry pan, which will enhance their flavor:

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Chia Seeds and Feta Recipe

Then add them to a pot of cooked quinoa (instructions on how to cook the quinoa are in the recipe below):

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Chia Seeds and Feta Recipe

Then add in some cherry tomatoes, feta, red onion, kalamata olives, and mint:

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Chia Seeds and Feta Recipe

I went Greek-ish with this salad, but of course, you can do other ingredients too!

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Chia Seeds and Feta Recipe

Enjoy!

Quinoa Salad with Feta and Chia Seeds

Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

4 cups water
2 cups quinoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chia seeds
1.25 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped kalamata olives (pitted)
1/2 cup chopped red onion (you can cook them if you like, to take the raw edge away)
1/4 cup loosely packed chopped mint (can also do oregano)
4 oz feta cheese crumbles
3 tbsp good quality olive oil
1 tbsp good quality vinegar (apple cider, sherry vinegar, etc)

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil, then add the quinoa and salt. Bring the quinoa back to a boil, then reduce the heat to hold a simmer, and cover the quinoa with a lid (preferably a glass one, so you can see what's going on). Cook the quinoa at a simmer for 15-20 minutes, until all of the water has been absorbed.

In a skillet over medium heat, toast the chia seeds for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they brown slightly. Be careful not to let them burn.

Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and add the chia seeds, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, mint, feta, olive oil, and vinegar. Give this a good stir, and taste, to determine if it needs more salt, pepper, or more oil or vinegar. Serve and enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Karen @ The Food Charlatan posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm (#)

    This looks so good Joanne! True confession…I’ve never worked with chia seeds OR quinoa. how can I even call myself a food blogger?? :) I will have to try this out, I’ve never heard anyone describe them as tasting like sesame before. Yum. Pretty pictures!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on April 4th, 2014 at 10:09 am

      I’m surprised to hear that because you have such a wide variety of recipes! You should totally make a quinoa creation soon =)

  2. Tieghan posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm (#)

    Loving the chia seeds! Such a pretty salad!

  3. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. posted on April 4, 2014 at 12:47 am (#)

    This is my kind of salad! Love these flavors!

  4. Gaby posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm (#)

    This is my favorite kind of lunch or light dinner, so delicious!