Summer cooking is definitely the best part of the season for me. My favorite thing on the menu this time of year? Summer salads. There’s just so much variety and so many fun options to choose from when it comes to summer salad recipes. But no matter what you choose, it’s guaranteed to burst with light and fresh flavors and ingredients that just scream summer. Potato and pasta salads are classics and long-time favorites. But if you’re looking to lighten things up a little bit, quinoa salads are a fresh and delicious option. This cucumber quinoa salad with ground turkey, olives, & feta is a tasty and healthy summer salad recipe you won’t want to miss.
Cool for the Summer
This cool cucumber quinoa salad has everything I love most about summer food. There’s nothing that says you can’t dig into this delicious salad all year long of course, but the fresh flavors and ingredients in this recipe just really make me think summer.
Quinoa is a multi-talented superfood that can play all kinds of roles in your favorite recipes. However, I happen to think that quinoa, like revenge, is a dish best served cold. Don’t get me wrong, I love quinoa in every shape and form, but quinoa chilled in a cool, refreshing summer salad is the quinoa I like best.
Of course, quinoa isn’t the only star of this show. This tasty summer salad also bursts with other fresh ingredients, like: crunchy cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, onion slices, and can’t-miss Mediterranean favorites, like olives and feta.
Fresh lemon juice and mint bring this whole salad together with a refreshing, zesty flavor that adds plenty of summertime flair.
Perfect as a Meal or Side
Traditionally, people enjoy summer salads as a side dish. But since they’re often my favorite thing on the menu, I’ll often prepare a summer salad as a meal all on its own.
This cucumber quinoa salad with ground turkey, olives, & feta is great as a side or meal. Fresh and flavorful, it’s the perfect extra to go with any summer barbecue. Filling and packed with protein and nutrients, this recipe is also substantial enough to enjoy for a meal.
Whether you whip it up as a side, bring it to share at your next summer barbecue, or pack the leftovers for a refreshing lunch, this cucumber quinoa salad with ground turkey, olives, & feta is a fresh and tasty summer dish you won’t want to miss.
Yield: 12 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 cup | Calories: 97 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 6 g | Cholesterol: 20 mg | Sodium: 211 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2 |
- 1/2 pound ground turkey sausage
- 3 large cucumber, sliced into 1/4 inch half circles
- 1 small red onion, sliced thin
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup fat free feta cheese crumbles
- 1 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- In a large skillet, cooked the turkey sausage. Break the sausage into small pieces as it cooks. Drain off any excess liquid and cool completely.
- Once the turkey sausage is cool, combine the sausage with remaining ingredients. Mix well and chill before serving. Enjoy!