Quinoa Cucumber Salad with Feta, and Dill

Quinoa Cucumber Salad with Feta, and Dill

Quinoa Cucumber Salad with Feta, and Dill

Featuring: Cucumber Balsamic Vinegar & Tuscan Herb Extra Virgin Olive Oil & White Balsamic Vinegar


  • 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups filtered water
  • fine sea or kosher salt as needed
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and put through a press or minced
  • ¼ cup Tuscan Herb Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) fresh, strained lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 medium-sized cucumbers
  • 1 small bunch radishes
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves (more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill (more to taste)
  • 4 ounces (110 g) feta cheese
  • flaky salt


Place the quinoa in a very fine mesh strainer and place the strainer in a bowl. Fill the bowl with enough cool water to cover the quinoa and soak for 5-10 minutes, swishing the quinoa occasionally with your fingers. Rinse until the water runs clear and drain well.

Place the rinsed quinoa in a large saucepan with the 1 ½ cups water and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring the quinoa to a simmer, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender with a hint of bite, about 15 minutes. If the quinoa isn’t yet cooked by the time the water is absorbed, sprinkle with a splash of water and continue cooking.

Let stand 5 minutes, then fluff gently with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature, or cover and chill for up to 3 days.

In a small measuring pitcher, whisk together the pressed garlic, tuscan herb extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, cucumber and white balsamic vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Taste, adding more salt if you feel the dressing needs it. Set aside.

If your cucumbers are wider than an inch or so across, cut them in half lengthwise. Slice the cucumbers into 1/8″ thick rounds or half moons and add to the quinoa. Trim the radishes and slice them thinly. Add to the quinoa.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Toss in the mint and dill and taste, adding more lemon, vinegar, salt, or pepper if you feel the salad needs it. The flavors will become more subtle as the salad sits. Scatter the feta over the top.

Serve the salad topped with an extra drizzle of tuscan herb extra virgin olive oil and a big pinch of flaky salt. It’s best eaten within an hour or two, while the mint is fresh and green, but leftovers can be refrigerated for 1 or 2 days.

As the salad sits, the quinoa will absorb flavor and moisture, so you’ll want to taste it again before serving, adding more of the vinaigrette components to boost the flavors if needed.

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