Organic Grape Tomatoes are treasured for their bite-sized convenience, sweet juiciness, and rich nutritional content. Our Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grape Tomatoes honors these vibrant fruits by enhancing their natural sweetness through roasting and pairing them with the nutty texture of quinoa and a medley of fresh Mediterranean flavors. This salad is a feast for the senses, offering a combination of textures and tastes that result in a satisfying, nutrient-dense dish perfect for any meal or occasion.
Organic Grape Tomatoes https://greenelly.com/product/lady-moon-farms-organic-grape-tomatoes-1-pint/ (2 cups)
Cooked Quinoa (1 1/2 cups, cooled)
Cucumber (1 large, diced)
Red Onion (1/2 cup, finely chopped)
Kalamata Olives (1/3 cup, pitted and sliced)
Feta Cheese (1/2 cup, crumbled)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons, divided)
Balsamic Vinegar (2 tablespoons)
Fresh Lemon Juice (from 1 lemon)
Garlic (2 cloves, minced)
Fresh Basil (1/4 cup, chopped)
Salt (to taste)
Black Pepper (to taste)
Steps to Prepare:
Roast the Tomatoes: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss the grape tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them out on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15–20 minutes, or until they’re blistered and juicy. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
Assemble the Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, roasted grape tomatoes, diced cucumber, red onion, Kalamata olives, and half of the feta cheese. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to mix well.
Serve: Let the salad sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Just before serving, sprinkle with the remaining feta cheese and fresh basil. For an extra touch, you can also add a few roasted tomatoes on top for garnish.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grape Tomatoes is more than just a salad; it’s a harmonious blend of flavors and nutrients that pays homage to the beauty of fresh, organic ingredients. The sweetness of roasted grape tomatoes pairs exquisitely with the salty tang of feta and olives, the crisp freshness of cucumbers, and the hearty texture of quinoa. It’s a versatile dish, perfect for a healthy weekday meal, a picnic treat, or a sophisticated addition to your dinner party menu. Whichever way you choose to enjoy it, this salad is a celebration of simple ingredients coming together to create a deliciously complex experience.