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Salad Of The Week: Cool Cucumber and Quinoa Salad Bowl

Cool Cucumber and Quinoa Salad | Aggie's Kitchen

There was a time, just a short couple of weeks ago, that I thought I may never eat a veggie again. I think these things happen during your first trimester, I know, but I was starting to get concerned when days (a week?) would go by and I may have only munched on a single baby carrot – mostly out of guilt. I missed my veggies, but not really. I loved the crunchy kettle chips or cheese and crackers better.

I think I’m starting to make up for lost time. I’ve been a little obsessed with eating healthy salads again (as long as I don’t have to make them myself) and craving a few old friends. Some of these old friends came together randomly in a bowl one afternoon last week and became my new favorite lunch/snack to munch on. It feels good to know that it’s nutritious (and possibly cancels out the plenty of potato chips that were in it’s place not long ago) and it’s incredibly easy to make and keep in the fridge for a few days.

Cool Cucumber and Quinoa Salad | Aggie's Kitchen

This is a no measurement type salad (aren’t most salads that way?) though I’ve added some suggestions to the recipe in parenthesis. Just add as much of each ingredient as you’d like and make it your own special bowl of goodness. Enjoy!

Print Recipe

Cool Cucumber and Quinoa Salad Bowl


  • cooked quinoa, chilled (I had 2 cups cooked)
  • seedless cucumber, quarter chopped (about 1/2 cucumber)
  • crumbled feta (2 oz or so)
  • diced avocado
  • splash of apple cider vinegar
  • drizzle extra virgin olive oil
  • good pinch salt and pepper


  1. Combine chilled quinoa with cucumber, feta, vinegar and oil in your serving bowl. Add avocado, salt and pepper and gently mix together.
  2. If not serving immediately, combine first batch of ingredients and add avocado right before serving/eating. Enjoy!

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30 Responses to “Salad Of The Week: Cool Cucumber and Quinoa Salad Bowl”

  1. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) posted April 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Pregnancy cravings and aversions are nutso! Before you know it, it will all be switched up again. Great salad – I am super excited about fresh, affordable cucumbers coming into season here so I can put them in everything!

  2. Erica posted April 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I never got that veggie/fruit aversion! Crazy how pregnancy impacts everyone differently (and even how each of your pregnancies can impact you differently!). Glad veggies are back in your life. What a delicious and protein packed salad!!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted April 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This looks so fresh and spring-y! Yum!

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) posted April 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Girl, you KNOW you’re not alone. I have never met a pregnant woman who just loved healthy food in the first trimester! This salad sounds amazing though – perfectly crunchy!!!

  5. Cassie | Bake Your Day posted April 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    This is my kind of salad for sure! I love the feta.

  6. Tracey posted April 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This sounds like such a refreshing salad, I love using cucumbers as much as possible!

  7. Nutmeg Nanny posted April 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Yum, this looks so fresh and satisfying! I love love feta ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. shelly (cookies and cups) posted April 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Love salads like this!

  9. Julia posted April 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Pregnancy cravings are crazy—mine changed every day I feel like!! This salad looks delicious and healthy!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      every. single. day. it. changes. !!!!


  10. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted April 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This sounds so insanely delicious!!!! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! posted April 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    With the weather so warm today, I am totally craving this summery salad!

  12. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted April 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    My first trimester I couldn’t even step in the kitchen. Nothing sounded good and I didn’t crave anything.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      I know! My poor husband has been really handling the kitchen duty – sometimes I direct from the couch ๐Ÿ™‚ NOTHING sounded good…it was making me kinda sad lol

  13. Cookin' Canuck posted April 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

    A little bit of this, a little bit of that…what a perfect lunch! I’m so glad you’re feeling better, and that your little one is letting you eat veggies again.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Those are the best lunches aren’t they Dara ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad the little one is letting me eat veggies (and anything!) again too. xo

  14. Lenore posted April 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Love your site and photography. Thanks for sharing this salad bowl recipe, looks delicious.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thank so much for your kind words! Glad you found me ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Sandy @ RE posted April 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    My kind of salad, Aggie. I might just make for dinner! Yummy!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Sandy – it is your kind of salad! I think you’ll really like it.

  16. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen posted April 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Funny, the things that happen to us when expecting. I had different cravings each time. It wasn’t pretty the time it was ice cream. Or pancakes! Oh well, it was fun to indulge and all the weight did come off eventually. I’m glad to hear you’re getting back to the veggies ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks super good!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      OH yes, I discovered a Dairy Queen by my during my last pregnancy, wasn’t pretty! But my 2 year old at the time was happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts posted April 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I’m glad you’re back to enjoying a wider variety of foods. This concept salad looks great, and I bet you can sub many other cooled cooked grains (barley and bulgur jump into mind)..

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Or farro! I really need to get in the habit of branching out to other grains. Thanks Kirsten!

  18. Kristin posted April 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    This sounds so refreshing! Perfect for all the warm weather days we have ahead. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  19. Alyssa Faith posted April 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I’m in my first trimester looking for recipes that sounded appetizing and this looks quite palatable! Cucumbers are so refreshing!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Hope you like it! I know how hard it is to find food to eat during first tri! Congrats and best wishes to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride posted April 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I just recently discovered quinoa and it has become one of my favorite foods. I am always looking for new ways to prepare it and this looks delicious!


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