quinoa2titledsized Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta

Who is on a diet? *Raises both hands*

Who hates being on a diet? *Raises both hands, feet, extra hips, and thighs*

This post-holiday weight issue is a bore. Unfair. Too much to handle. Speaking of handles – where did these things come from? My children can now hang on them! I can hide a few chips in there, too.

Thus in my desperate attempt to make those handles disappear and that extra jiggle to take a break, (we can reconnect next year) I have been trying to eat somewhat healthier. My go to snack is a handful of almonds and my lunch involves either a salad or a lettuce wrap. Dinner has been replaced with a bowl of cereal, and dessert… well, now, we can’t let go of everything. I still have dessert. icon smile Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta

quinoa4sized Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta

Few days ago I wanted to change things up a bit, so I went to my pantry and finally opened up that 4-pound bag of Quinoa that I bought at Costco last month. I actually like Quinoa because it’s versatile. I once made it with dried fruit and I couldn’t believe how good it was. Sometimes I will just add it to my leafy salad, or eat it plain with a good homemade dressing.

If you have never tried quinoa, give this recipe a go. I think you will love it. Feta and sun-dried tomatoes are a really good match for this grain, and the lemon vinaigrette pulls it all together nicely.

quinoasized Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta


Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta
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Serves: Serves 4
For the Quinoa
  • 1½ cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 to 10 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freeze-dried basil (if you have fresh basil, use 1 tablespoon chopped basil)
For the Dressing
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a medium sized saucepan combine the water and quinoa; bring to a vigorous boil.
  2. Reduce the heat, cover and let simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and fluff up with a fork.
  4. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and mix in the sun dried tomatoes, feta, and basil.
  5. Make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a small bowl; whisk together until thoroughly combined.
  6. Pour the dressing over the quinoa, toss, and serve.
Use the dry sun-dried tomatoes and not the ones that come in a jar with oil.

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  1. Tina September 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM - Reply

    Thank you for the quick response and advice. One additional question, is it tasty at room temperature also?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Katerina Petrovska September 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM - Reply

      As the dish cools, the sauce thickens. It’s still delicious, but you’ll have to warm the sauce just a tad bit so it doesn’t turn into gravy. :-)

      • Tina September 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM - Reply

        I made this for dinner tonight. I used the thyme and added artichoke hearts. It was delicious.

        Thank you for sharing

  2. Tina September 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    Would fresh thyme be an acceptable substitute for basil?

    • Katerina Petrovska September 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM - Reply

      Hi Tina!
      Yes, absolutely. I love fresh thyme! That sounds delicious!

  3. Shilo August 8, 2014 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    Is there an alternative to the lemon in the dressing that anyone could suggest. Hubby doesn’t like citrus at all but the salad sounds like something that he’d love.

    • Katerina Petrovska August 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM - Reply

      Hi! No citrus?! What? ;-) How about vinegar? White or red… would he like that?

  4. Joli April 25, 2014 at 9:18 PM - Reply

    THis was so easy to make, and delicious! A great side dish for veggie burger night – thank you!

  5. M February 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM - Reply

    I recently cooked with sundried tomatoes and was looking for something to do with the extras. This was the perfect recipe to do so. It was very easy and so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  6. smth_good January 14, 2013 at 7:33 AM - Reply

    Wow, it looks amazing! I love salads and quinoa seems to me a really good alternative when really hungry and dieting (as I always do…) :) great photo, as well

  7. mjskit January 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM - Reply

    I’ve been on a diet every since I turned 16, a long time ago! :) What a great little recipe! It’s so pretty, healthy and sounds very tasty! I love simple recipe and dressings like this! Thanks!

  8. Kristy January 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM - Reply

    We will be trying this one. I know my hubby will love it! And it’s perfect for my weekday health kick. Weekends are another story. ;)

  9. Stacy January 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    Kate, what a fabulous recipe that is both tasty and so healthy! Thank you for sharing. We really need recipes like this following all the yummy holiday indulgences. Pinned & Tweeted! xoxo

  10. Valerie January 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM - Reply

    Diets are so dull. Give me rich foods, indulgent desserts, and heavy cream-laden bowl of cereal. Oh, and several servings of this fabulous quinoa dish (just to keep things in check). ;)

    Gorgeous photos!

    • Kate@Diethood January 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM - Reply

      Val, you rock! Heavy cream over cereal…. that’s the best!! I’m not the only one who thinks that?! YES!

  11. Meghan January 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM - Reply

    Simply delicious dinner! Love the sundried tomatoes!

  12. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen January 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM - Reply

    Feta cheese is such a favorite, and I love quinoa. Beautiful salad! And I must try the FFWD one, it sounds great.

  13. Ramona January 12, 2013 at 6:18 AM - Reply

    Wonderful healthy and delicious use of quinoa!

  14. Laura January 12, 2013 at 12:08 AM - Reply

    I never realized that sun dried tomatoes were controversial until a cooking board I am on went crazy over how much they hate them. Glad to see I am not alone in loving them! Pinning now! And Boo! for diets!

  15. Sandra's Easy Cooking January 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM - Reply

    Diet! Oh don’t even mention it! Now that salad looks soo good Kate! I love everything about it plus very tempting photos!

  16. Patty January 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM - Reply

    Thanks for sharing a healthy light salad recipe- much appreciated;-)

  17. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog) January 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM - Reply

    I don’t believe in the “D word,” but I want to get healthier and happier:-) We try to avoid eating out, and making better choices. We love quinoa, and love making it in fun sweet and savory dishes:-) Your salad sounds lovely, I love the addition of the sun dried tomatoes! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  18. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes January 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    My love for sundried tomatoes is crazy! I used to put them in everything. I’m definitely going to try this :D

  19. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM - Reply

    I love Costco, but have never picked up the giant bag of quinoa. I get my arms filled with hummus and cheese and artichokes and run out of room before I get to the quinoa aisle.
    (Heaven help me if I get a cart!)

    Thanks for sharing a tasty-looking recipe!

    • Kate@Diethood January 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM - Reply

      LOL! I know what you mean! :) Thanks, Kirsten!!

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM - Reply

    I love this, Kate! I want to eat this for lunch and dinner, gorgeous snaps! :)

  21. Nancy R January 11, 2013 at 6:05 AM - Reply

    Mmmm……I’ve never had Quinoa however I have always wanted to try it. Love feta and sun dried tomatoes, so this recipe is very tempting. Yet another for my “to do list”. :)

  22. Averie @Averie Cooks January 11, 2013 at 5:42 AM - Reply

    I love sundried tomatoes. I need to pick some up. Looks so flavorful and good!

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