Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers

This quinoa salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers is an easy, colorful, summer salad that is the perfect side dish or main meal on a hot day.  It features quinoa, fresh summer veggies, peppery arugula and feta cheese. A light, healthy, summer salad.

Quinoa-Salad-With-Cherry-Tomatoes-and-Cucumbers. A colorful, easy, summer salad.

After a bit of a blogging break (over 6 months!), I’m back with this easy, colorful, summer salad.

I eat a lot of salad in the summer, often three or four times a week, and this quinoa salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers has been my go to summer salad. 

I love adding quinoa to salads.  It’s one of my favorite whole grains.  It adds protein, fiber and gives the salad a bit of a nutty taste. 

I cook up a big batch of quinoa every Sunday and it keeps in the fridge all week. Having quinoa precooked and ready in the fridge means you can whip up this salad in no time at all.

Quinoa-Salad-With-Cherry-Tomatoes-and-Cucumbers-prep. A colorful summer salad.

Arugula is one of my favorite greens – crisp, fresh and peppery.  Some people find the flavor too strong – you can always switch it out for tender spring greens or baby spinach.

To finish the salad off, I’ve added crunchy walnuts, salty feta and a little red onion.  Everything is tossed together with a red wine vinaigrette.

Want to make it vegan?  Then trade out the feta for salty olives.

Quinoa-Salad-With-Cherry-Tomatoes-and-Cucumbers- closeup. A colorful summer salad.

This summer quinoa salad holds up well in the fridge.  I usually make extra so I can bring the leftovers to work the next day.  I pack it up the night before in a container so I can just grab it and go in the morning.

If you’re a fan of quinoa salads here are some other great choices:

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Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Quinoa salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.  An easy, colorful, summer salad that is the perfect side dish or main meal on a hot day.  It features quinoa, fresh summer veggies, peppery arugula and feta cheese. 

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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (cook as per the package instructions)
  • 4 cups chopped arugula
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced english cucumber
  • 2 oz feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 to 2 tbs minced red onion

Dressing

  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 8 twists of fresh black pepper from a pepper mill
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa as per the package instructions.  Let cool slightly when done.
  2. Roughly chop arugula and add to a large bowl.
  3. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and add to the bowl.
  4. Dice cucumber and add to the bowl.
  5. Dice feta cheese and add to the bowl.
  6. Mince red onion and add to the bowl.
  7. Add cooked quinoa and walnuts to the bowl.
  8. Whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, black pepper and salt together.
  9. Toss salad with dressing and serve.

Notes

Make sure to rinse your quinoa before cooking.  This will remove any bitter taste.

If you pre-cook the quinoa, it will keep in the fridge for about a week.

I like to give my greens a rough chop, it makes them much easier to eat.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 (of 4)
  • Calories: 486
  • Sugar: 4.5 g
  • Sodium: 277 mg
  • Fat: 29 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg

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8 comments on “Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers

  1. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Hi friend! I can’t believe it’s been six months since your last post! I’ve missed you and your bright and colorful dishes! This salad is everything I crave these days! I love quinoa in my salad and the addition of walnuts is a perfect touch! Pinned!

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  2. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    What a comeback! This is a gorgeous salad, Geraldine and I love that it’s make ahead – on the ready when you are. I’m certain the tomatoes are home grown, and they’re gorgeous, plump and juicy. Quinoa is such a good base for hearty salads, one of my favorites. Gorgeous work, and welcome back Geraldine! xo

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks so much, Traci. It’s good to finally start posting again. This ones is definitely a great salad for the next day – the arugula holds up well.

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  3. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    Welcome back Geraldine!! I love a good quinoa salad and this is just that! So nice and light, yet hearty! I’ll definitely be adding this to our menu. Love the walnuts and feta additions. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more delicious recipes!

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  4. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Welcome back, Geraldine!!!! I’ve been checking your site periodically and hoping to see a new post from you, so I’m ecstatic to see this salad! I eat salads repeatedly all year long, but especially during the summer. Needless to say, this salad is definitely calling my name! Love the feta in here! Funky cheese is the best! 🙂 Cheers, friend!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks, Cheyanne, for taking the time to checking in on me! I appreciate it. Life just got in the way a bit so I didn’t have time to post. Hoping to get back on a weekly schedule again. And yes to funky cheeses – feta is my favorite!

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