You know what happens when you watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding on an empty stomach? Hunger pains. Of mythological proportions. It ignites a hankering for pita bread, tzatziki sauce and all of those delicious veggies. Since I didn’t have pita bread or tzatziki readily on hand (and didn’t feel like making it from scratch), I did, however, have the fixings for a heavenly Mediterranean quinoa salad with chicken and Instant Pot quinoa. The result is almost as epic as The Iliad. Almost.
How to Make a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Chicken
First off, isn’t she a glorious sight to behold? A beacon of good health and wellness!
All you need are a few fresh veggies, quinoa, and chicken to whip it together.
This Mediterranean quinoa salad is a great go-to lunch, or even dinner. I was pleasantly shocked out how sustaining it is. Usually when I eat healthy salads I am hungry an hour after (or immediately), but this kept me full for four hours. I am not exaggerating for theatrical merit, either. If you want a filling salad, THIS IS IT.
How to Make Instant Pot Quinoa
You will never make quinoa any other way! It very literally takes you ten minutes. Following these steps:
- Rinse 1 cup quinoa.
- Add 1 1/2 cups water and quinoa to the Instant Pot. Lock lid, seal and cook on manual high pressure for 1 minute. Let it natural release for 10 minutes.
- Flip to “venting” and open the lid. Fluff with a fork.
Now you have your quinoa ready to go!
(FYI, I have this 6-quart Instant Pot Duo and I love it. It’s sold out, but if I could buy one again, I’d go the 8-quart, which is in stock!)
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As for the veggies, I do suggest that if you are not a fan of red onion, go light or omit them altogether. DO replace them with extra cucumbers and red pepper for that extra crunch, though. (It’s all about that crisp, fresh vegetable crunch, people.) And do not go light on the Feta cheese. The quarter cup I list in the recipe is merely a ballpark figure—feel free to step it up to half cup.
You feta believe me when I say you will love this Mediterranean quinoa salad with chicken and Instant Pot quinoa. Go forth and conquer, my friends. Recipe is below. Enjoy!
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