Mediterranean Quinoa, Feta & Veggie Salad

I will admit that lunch is my least favorite meal of the day (dessert being first, of course). I loathe monotonous sandwiches and salads, and usually get more excited when I know I’ll be eating out or attending a catered work lunch. But frequently eating out would surely decrease my bank account and increase my waistline over time. Therefore, I like to make my work lunches as exciting as possible. If I’m going to be eating the same thing everyday, then I at least want to look forward to it!

 

I tend to go through phases with what I eat for lunch, because I’ll usually get tired of what I bring after a certain amount of time. However, I’ve been eating this salad for several months now, and have yet to get sick of it, so I say it’s a keeper. I’ve had a surprising number of coworkers comment on how good my lunch looks when they catch me chowing down, so I figured I’d share my recipe. It’s very easy to put together and can be made ahead of time. I usually obtain my ingredients from Whole Foods, just because of their bulk bins, great produce and killer olive bar. So if you get as bored with lunch as I do, try this salad out!

 

*The ingredient quantities are based on how much I personally eat; you can certainly increase them to accommodate your own nutritional requirements. You can also add any other proteins if you wish, like salmon or chicken. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw greens, such as spring mix, spinach, kale or arugula
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (I make a big batch on Sunday to use for the whole week)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup olives, such as kalamata, black or castelvetrano (aka the best olive on the planet)
  • olive oil and balsamic vinegar

 

Throw everything together on a plate or in a bowl, drizzle with oil and vinegar and you’ve got yourself a kick-ass, tasty lunch!

 

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