Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri.
It’s finally the time of year for salads… of the LOADED kind of course.
Here’s the thing, you guys know I do not do boring salads. Like if I’m going to tell you about a salad, you’d better believe it’s going to be GOOD. Salads to me need to be full of three things.
…thing one: loads of fresh veggies. They can be raw, roasted, grilled, whatever, but there needs to be LOTS of them.
…thing two: carbs. I mean, obviously. A salad without carbs is just sad if you ask me…unless it’s a Caprese, and in that case all the yummy cheese makes up for the lack of carbs, but even then, the Caprese would be much better with crusty bread. UGH… my mom, she taught to love carbs, and well, I guess I love her for that. Thanks mom! 🙂
…thing three: CHEESE. you knew that would be a must, though right? The only exception to a cheese-less salad is an Asian salad and even then, I’ve been known to sneak in some mozzarella. Cheese lovers unite! ?
Honestly, my list of “salad musts” could go on and on, but those three are deal breakers, like not interested otherwise. Other key factors would be protein of some kind, a really good dressing and something to give the salad crunch. Why am I telling you guys all this? Cause this loaded Greek salad has basically everything you could ever want in a salad, and then some. It’s PACKED with all good things, and I am obsessed.
Lately, my mind has been kind of focused on summer inspired recipes. Think light meals, easy sides for BBQ’s. Salads for picnics and ice cream galore. I mean, I know it’s still snowing here, but I feel like a lot of you must be experiencing some warmer weather? Maybe even weather nice enough for a picnic?
I’m hoping so, because like I said, fresh summer eats are on their way and it all starts with this salad.
So let me break this Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad down for you, piece by piece. You ready??
It all starts with quinoa, the base to so many great recipes. Similar to rice, but healthier and a little nuttier. Quinoa makes for such a deliciously satisfying addition to a salad. Ok, so you cook up some quinoa, then simply toss it in with all the veggies you can think of…aka the contents of my fridge at the moment I made this salad. These veggies include, but are not limited to, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated artichokes, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, radishes, fresh spinach or watercress, basil and mint.
OH and avocado, but technically avocado is a fruit. Oh wait, I think tomatoes are fruits too? Yup, just checked, tomatoes are fruits!
So you toss all those yummy veggies in with your quinoa. Next we need a simple vinaigrette. Greek olive is where it’s at. This is just some olive oil, finely diced kalamata olives, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. YUM. All my kind of flavors. Toss that all together, and then well, we’re almost done.
To put it all together, spoon a whole lot of hummus (YESSSSS) into the bottom of your salad bowl. Top with the quinoa salad…then add some crunchy chickpeas + a whole lotta feta… then EAT. I personally eat this with fresh pita or naan for scooping, but again, I love me some carbs! You can also simply eat it with a fork…but really why would you do that when you could use pita?!?
And guys this salad you see here?
LOADED, but yet SO easy! It’s perfect for late spring and summer picnics, working lunches or just a light and healthy dinner. Maybe even make it on a Sunday night and then eat it throughout the week!
And really, there’s nothing sad about this salad. Actually, it makes me super happy. Can’t get enough…hello tomatoes, olives, hummus, FETA. Yum, yum!
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Fist pumps for making it to Wednesday ? Now let’s have a killer end of the week!
So many amazing thing in one bowl! I want to eat this for every meal!
Thats so awesome! Haha!! Hope you get ti try it!! (: Thank you!
Loaded salads are my fave, I want to eat this all summer long! 🙂
You and I both will be! Thanks Laura!
I used to make my salads UBER boring and plain. I don’t even know how I could scarf those down. Now I LOVE having fun with my salads! I find that you make the most beautiful and creative salad recipes out of everybody I follow in the blogging world! This doesn’t fail to disappoint!
Ah I can not do boring anymore! Oh my gosh Cassie!! SO nice of you to say! Thanks!! (:
I made a slightly modified version of this (didn’t have a couple of the ingredients on hand) and it was amazing! Thank you.
I made this for dinner tonight. It was DELICIOUS!!! And I don’t really like salads so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!
What a salad!! Loaded salads make the best warm weather meals!
Thank you!! I agree!!
This is so seriously loaded with everything I love, absolutely awesome!
Thanks so much Matt!!
I like the long platter picture.
I want a salad but I’m going to head to Wendy’s after school for one because I’m too tired to make one–ugh.
Ah!! you should try it!
This looks absolutely stunning! My question is- do you live near a farmer’s market or does your family grow all this gorgeous produce? I can’t believe all the lovely greens and veggies you have going on here 🙂
This salad looks amazing!!! Yum!! xo
Thanks so much Rebecca!
Heaven in a bowl. This salad is seriously loaded!!
Ah! Your the best! Thanks Ellie! (:
I love the way you do salads Girl! This Greek inspired one looks so amazing with all of those summery colors and flavors! Definitely nothing sad about this salad!!!
Wooowoo!! So awesome!! Thanks a ton Tori!
Though carbs and cheese aren’t a must in my salads, I completely agree with you regarding the abundance of vegetables – that’s what makes a salad worthy of being a weeknight meal!
Right!? Thanks you Ksenia!!
and soon I, too, will be craving and preparing more salads~!! Thank you for being a part of my morning routine. I click on my daily e-mail early a.m.
Thats SO awesome!! Thank you so much!!
Loaded salads are the only salads we eat! 🙂 Love this!