Cucumber Salad with Crunchy Quinoa and Lemon Vinaigrette

Fresh Persian cucumbers come together with crunchy quinoa and a refreshing lemon vinaigrette for the ultimate summertime salad. This Cucumber Salad with Crunchy Quinoa and Lemon Vinaigrette recipe is simple and easy to make. The best part is: the cucumbers paired with the crunchy quinoa is bursting with delicious flavours and textures! This is the perfect recipe to make when you have leftover quinoa, or anytime you want a crunchy and delicious salad.


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


Ingredients – Cucumber Salad

  • 6 Persian cucumbers sliced or chopped – according to preference
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh dill chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup crispy quinoa (see below)


Ingredients – Crispy Quinoa

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


Ingredients – Lemon Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper



  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Next, prepare the quinoa. Cook quinoa according to your preferred method, then toss it with the olive oil and sea salt. Add it to a baking sheet and spread it out into an even layer.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet into the oven and allow it to cook for 20 to 25 minutes, being sure to stir the quinoa every 10 minutes, so that it gets nice and crispy.
  4. Once the quinoa is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
  5. Next, prepare the dressing. Add all of the dressing ingredients (olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, garlic, sea salt, and ground black pepper) and add them to a bowl. Whisk them together until they’re fully combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  6. Then, prepare the salad. Chop the cucumbers and dill, slice the red onion, and add them to a large bowl alongside the crumbled feta and crispy quinoa.
  7. Pour the dressing on top and toss to fully combine. Then, serve and enjoy!.