Greek Salad Quinoa Bowl

This is a really fresh, protein-packed recipe for a summer night.  To add extra protein, quinoa is substituted for the lettuce.  The real beauty of a recipe like this, though, is the way you can personalize it, not only to suit your family’s needs, but to suit the individual family member’s needs.  We prepare the basic ingredients and let everyone assemble their own dinner. Because there are a few different preparations happening the recipe format is a little different this week.
Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serve: 4-6 people

Souvlaki-style Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano (or 1 Tbsp fresh Oregano leaves)
  • large pinch of each Salt and Pepper

Preparation

  1. Whisk together Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Oregano, and salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Add in Chicken and mix well to make sure they are well coated in the marinade.  Marinate up to 4 hours in the fridge (or 30-60 minutes on the counter).
  2. Using paper towels, remove the excess marinade from the chicken. Grill the chicken on High direct heat for about 4 minutes per side, until juices run clear.  Slice into strips for serving.

Assemble Ingredients for Serving

  • 3 cups cooked Quinoa
  • Cucumber, quartered and sliced
  • Grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in thick slices and grilled
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Grilled Eggplant slices
  • Spicy chickpeas
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Balsamic Dressing
  • Tzatziki
  • Babaganoush
  • Hummus
  • Tahini
  • Hot Sauce

Tips

  • Make sure you take the chicken out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Cooking fridge-cold meat affects cooking time and temperature, and can make the meat tough.
  • 3 cups of cooked quinoa made dinner for 4 adults, with some leftovers for my husband to take for lunch the next day.
  • We use Frank’s Red Hot, but use your favourite or omit hot sauce if you don’t like the spice.
  • Let everyone pick and choose the add-ins they want, and prepare as much of them as you need.  To be honest, I’m the only one who likes eggplant, so we only grilled two slices!
  • Brown rice can easily be substituted for quinoa for a change.

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