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Mediterranean Grain Bowl

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Carb/Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
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Why we love it:

You could make hummus, that's a fun project for a rainy day, but store-bought is an easy, quick protein win. Combined with juicy winter oranges, salty feta, and hearty grains, I’m betting you’ll return to this combo like I do time and again.


  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 112 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 12 cup Almonds (sliced)
  • 4 cups Arugula
  • 4 ounces Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup Green Olives, Pitted
  • 2 Oranges (navel - or try cara cara or mandarin)
  • 4 Tablespoons Salad Dressing (vinaigrette)
  • 4 Tablespoons Hummus

Cooking Instructions

  • 1. QUINOA

    Bring the water and quinoa to a boil, add the salt and stir. Turn to medium-low and steadily simmer for about 10 minutes. Partially cover and keep cooking for another 5 - 6 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed. Stir again, then cover and turn off the heat. Let it sit and steam for up to another 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

  • 2. CHOP

    Slice the cucumber. Get the almonds ready - toast if you prefer or leave them raw. Wash and dry the arugula. Crumble the feta. Drain the olives.

    Toss all of these things together in a large bowl.

  • 3. ORANGE

    Slice the very bottom ends off of the orange and stand up. Slice off the skin from all around, taking care not to lose too much of the fruit. Slice in ½, then place each ½ face down and slice into half-moons. Toss in the salad.


    Use your favorite vinaigrette.

    (Or to make one combine 1 part balsamic vinegar, 3 parts olive oil, salt, pepper, ¼ teaspoon dijon, ½ teaspoon honey or sugar. Shake well)

  • 5. SERVING

    Serve large bowls of salad. Top with quinoa and a scoop of hummus. Pour the vinaigrette over quinoa, then drizzle across the rest of the salad too. Highlight each ingredient by arranging it nicely in the bowl.

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    omit cheese and sub with dairy free, or cauliflower florets, or garbanzo beans
    brown rice, lentils, or garbanzo beans
    swap nuts for hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds
    any greens or lettuces combo will work
    add what you have! Peppers would be nice, or carrots, radish, etc.

Kid Friendly Version

How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • Kids may go for this if things are separate, little piles of quinoa, orange, cucumber, cheese - consider making them a slice of avocado toast or a hard boiled egg

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

Steam the quinoa

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