Orange Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Olives, and Feta

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Author Notes: Orange Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Olives, and Feta features Satsuma Mandarins with both the diced fruit and zest being tossed throughout. The sweet-tart citrus pairs nicely with the salty olive and the nutty almond. The feta adds a bit of tangy creaminess. I last served this dish with grilled chicken and a big green salad. Enjoy. - My Pantry ShelfMy Pantry Shelf

Food52 Review: This light, brightly flavored grain-based salad was a huge hit at our house. As he was tucking into his third serving, my husband Mr. T declared, “Wow, this is so good. I could eat a lot of this.” (At that point, he already had. He couldn't stop raving about it.) The zingy olives, refreshing—and very pretty—orange segments, tart feta and chopped parsley play off each other beautifully, while the almonds add a nice contrast in texture. My Pantry Shelf’s method for cooking the quinoa yields fluffy, separate grains, making it just perfect for this salad. I can easily see substituting tomatoes for the oranges when the seasons change. Very nicely done!!AntoniaJames

Serves 6 as a side dish

The Quinoa

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent.
  2. Place quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and rinse thoroughly with water.
  3. Add quinoa to pot with onions. Add water and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer.
  5. Cook 15 minutes or so until the water is absorbed.
  6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and allow to cool.

Putting it Together

  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • zest from one satsuma mandarin
  • 3 satsuma mandarin oranges, peeled, segmented, and diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped
  1. Toss cooled quinoa mixture and remaining ingredients together.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Tags: citrus, Salads, Side Dishes, winter

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over 2 years ago Anna H

This is wonderful - I made it for lunches this week and just had my first serving - delicious!

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over 2 years ago The Expatresse

I do something similar with beets, feta, chickpeas, almonds, and pomegranate seeds. Oranges would be good in that, too. Like Mr. T, I can't stop eating it.

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almost 3 years ago theatrelover

Very good. Lasts for a while, I ate throughout the entire week. Quinoa is a very hearty grain though, so I could only eat it in small portions.

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over 3 years ago AnnP

Loved this! We added left over grilled chicken the next day for lunch for a great leftover meal. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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This makes my mouth water just to read this recipe. I'm so looking forward to testing it!! ;o)

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almost 4 years ago My Pantry Shelf

Enjoy, Antonia! Let me know how it turns out!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

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almost 4 years ago Midge

This sounds great!

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almost 4 years ago My Pantry Shelf

It is very tasty. I'm making it for dinner AGAIN tonight!