Ever been craving greens, or wanted greens but not wanted the flavor? This salad has become a go-to in our house since it’s SO delicious, and incredibly easy.
Have you had the Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa from Panera? Well I have, too many times. After the first time trying this salad, I probably went back to get it 10-20 times before taking matters into my own hands.
I looked up the ingredients and figured I could make something similar but to my own liking at home, and it would be much more affordable! Right I was. And my husband was very happy because he also loves these salads.
Best thing about them? If you meal prep the quinoa ahead of time, they take less than 5 minutes to throw together! Voila – dinner in a jiffy for those on-the-go days.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
2-3 cups greens (I use a mix of arugula and kale), but spinach and romaine are also good options
1/2 of a cucumber, diced
2 tbsp kalamata olives, halved or quartered are fine
2 tbsp feta cheese
1/4 cup quinoa, cold if it’s been prepared prior to day of assembly
2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds
2-3 tbsp greek vinaigrette dressing (Kraft or Panera if you can find it are good) – also good with Italian vinaigrette
optional: chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- Cook quinoa (I make a larger batch of 1 cup uncooked) – for directions check out this post!
- place greens in large salad bowl
- add diced cucumber
- toast almonds (can do in microwave – 10 second intervals until they start to brown)
- add almonds, feta, quinoa, and olives
- mix all together
- add dressing
Vegan option – omit cheese, and ensure that dressing is free of feta.
Let me know what you think or any modifications you’ve made! Hope you love it as much as we do!