Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta

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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. 🙂

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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.

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Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta

Sun dried tomatoes and salty feta add so much flavor to this quinoa recipe!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


For the Quinoa

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 to 10 sun dried tomatoes, , chopped
  • 1/3 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
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  • In a medium sized saucepan combine the water and quinoa; bring to a vigorous boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and let simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and fluff up with a fork.
  • Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and mix in the sun dried tomatoes, feta, and basil.
  • Make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a small bowl; whisk together until thoroughly combined.
  • 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.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 560mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 5.2mg

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  1. Ashleigh says:

    Just wondering if anyone figured out the calorie content before I do it?

  2. Tina says:

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

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      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. 🙂

      1. Tina says:

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

        Thank you for sharing

  3. Tina says:

    Would fresh thyme be an acceptable substitute for basil?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

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