Green Goddess Quinoa Salad with Feta Cheese

September 11, 2015

Green Goddess Quinoa Salad with Feta Cheese

It seems that this blog is finally working for me: I have an archive of recipes I love, largely ones that work as they should, and the answer to “What should I eat today?” is now, quite often “Aw man those turkey koftas were legit. Let’s have them again!

Gone are the days when I would invite someone over for dinner and had to rack my brain thinking what should I make. All I need to do is simply peruse the recipe index and voilá, problem solved.
I had Sis over for dinner on Wednesday, but I also had a lot of stuff to get done that day.
Was this the time to make that cheater chorizo burger I have been eying on F&W mag? No.
Was this the time to go to the Farmers’ Market and buy even more produce, when the refrigerator is so full I can hardly close the door? No. 
Was this the time to try making cauliflower crust quattro formaggi pizza? No.
Green Goddess Quinoa Salad with Feta Cheese
It was time to make a simple potato salad and, most importantly, to revisit my favorite quinoa salad.
This is one of my go-to recipes, and will probably always remain such.
One of my favorite parts is that no matter what’s going on in my life, I always have the ingredients on hand.
It’s also one of those winning recipes that’s impossible to mess up. Sure, you can overcook the quinoa, or use too much salt. Otherwise you can tweak it as much as you like.
Want to add a pop of color? Throw in some tomatoes. Want to amp up the protein content? Toss in some grilled chicken. Want to keep it vegan? Leave out the feta.
I know what you guys are thinking right now: Haven’t you already told us about this?
Yes, I did. Guilty as charged. However, I slightly tweaked the recipe and if there’s even one person out there that hasn’t made it yet that will do after today, this post will have served its purpose.
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Serves 6


2 ½ cups / 12 oz / 340 gr cooked quinoa (you’ll need to cook a little over 1 cup of quinoa)
¾ cup / 4.2 oz / 120 gr diced celery
½ cup / 7 oz / 200 gr green olives, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 ripe avocado, diced
½ cup crumbled feta cheese


Juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
ground pepper to taste


Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Allow to cool and fluff with a fork.
Place quinoa, celery, olives, avocado, parsley, and mint in a salad bowl.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
Just before serving toss the quinoa mixture with the dressing. Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top and serve.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 265 calories, 18 grams of fats, 23 grams of carbs and 5 grams of protein.


  1. It's so nice having an arsenal of recipes to consult whenever you need ideas. This quinoa salad definitely looks like a winner..those olives, that feta? This could be a staple in my house for sure!

  2. This looks awesome! I love quinoa salads :) Pinning!

  3. "It seems that this blog is finally working for me" Duuuude - I think I said that around 2 years ago when I first visited this space of yours! You've got a killer line-up of recipes, my friend - and this just proves that even more! All that chopped avocado in each bite must make this one super duper creamy quinoa salad!

  4. I love quinoa and this salad looks amazing. What a great recipe!

  5. I'm SO with you on the recipe index thing... there are so many times that I'm like, okay what side dish should I make for the BBQ? Oh, boom. Hello my recipe index. It's so helpful to have our very own digital cookbook at our fingertips. And we know the food is gonna be legit, because well, it's our recipe lol. This quinoa salad looks totally amazing! I'm on a big feta kick lately, so this is perfect! #wolfpackeats

  6. Hi Mike, If I could have only one thing to eat the rest of my life it would be an avocado, hands down. Love this salad!

  7. Yeah, I'm glad you reposted this. Quinoa is a total staple in my diet, and I'm always looking for ways to jazz it up, so I'll definitely be giving this a shot! Love the olive addition too! :-)

  8. I personally thank you for revisiting this salad, tweaking it and posting it! I love anything green goddessy & quinoa related, so this salad is PERFECT to me! So Much YUMMMM! Pinned! Can't wait to try this, Mike! Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

  9. Ahhh what?!! Your blog is so inspirational. Your blog is a great one for many. You should be putting together everything and create a book, that's what you should do.
    I am loving this one, we make quinoa so much that any change would be good. Love feta.

  10. This looks fresh and delicious, (and so flavorful) I bet it would make great packed lunches!

  11. I think it was worth updating as otherwise I would never have seen it, and it sounds amazing!! So healthy, but will all that avocado, feta and herbs I can imagine it would be insanely delicious too <3

  12. Quinoa is an absolutely unique product. You can combine it basically with watewer your want, from roasted beets to sweet fruit, and it won't let you down. It's absolutely legit in salads. And avocado stuffed with quinoa?! And here, with feta and avocado, yes, Mike! You can count me on. You can always count me on for all delicious things you share:)

  13. Mmm my mouth is watering just lookin' at these pics! I love any excuse to put feta cheese on things, esp. salad.

  14. I've always been mesmerized by the term 'Green Goddess" - seems so appropriate for current times, but I'd like to know when and what started it... GG, the Green Goddess!

    Love this recipe, Mike - but guess what shall be my dinner on Monday? Your Moussaka with a cauliflower bechamel topping - I intend to make it tomorrow and bake it next day. Can hardly wait....

  15. Yes to quinoa salad...I love quinoa salads in the Fall. Not sure why the Fall, but I do. They just work. You are totally an awesome Bro to make this one for your Sis. And feta cheese? Yes, just yes. #WolfpackCares

  16. I love feta in salads. This looks so flavourful.

    xoxoBella |

  17. True, having your own recipe index is great, and if you are proud of that too, than that's the best!
    Great quinoa combination

  18. Definitely making this!

    Laura xo

  19. so if i eat this, I'm considered a goddess, right? ;-)

  20. Mate, your archive is gold and I'm so glad your digging through it- Even better than cauliflower season is soon upon us! :D This looks delicious, and I think those eggplant meatballs would be bomb on top ;)

  21. I love everything about this salad. And, I'd love to find a bowl of it in my refrigerator waiting to become my lunch!

  22. I can't wait to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing...

  23. I am taking this recipe and upgrading byusing leftover tapenade, Trader Joe’s vegan feta, and some garbanzo beans for a friends get together this week. Excited!