Mediterranean Green Tea Quinoa Salad Recipe

Packed with protein and fiber, this vegetarian Mediterranean Green Tea Quinoa Salad makes a nutritious and delicious entrée or side dish. Thank you to Lipton® for sponsoring this post as part of my proud participation in Unilever’s 2016 Registered Dietitian Agents of Change program.

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I’m a big fan of green tea. It’s my favorite tea to enjoy in the afternoons for a little pick me up that won’t keep me up at night – but I decided it was time to mix it up from just drinking it and start eating it! Have you ever tried using green tea (not green tea powder, but an actual cup of tea/tea bag) as part of a recipe? I’ve had it in smoothies before, but never in a meal. It was time to change that!

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Since making whole grains involves boiling water, I figured that would be the perfect way to incorporate Lipton® Pure Green Tea in a recipe. Why not cook the quinoa in the green tea?! And while we’re at it, let’s use green tea in the vinaigrette dressing, too!

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The result is a fresh and flavorful vegetarian dish.

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Making this recipe is quick and easy so you can have food on the table fast! Start with the quinoa – you’ll bring the tea bags, quinoa, and water to a boil in a medium pot, then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the water (aka green tea) is fully absorbed. Toss the tea bags when the quinoa is cooked!

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While the quinoa is cooking, chop your veggies. Once chopped, toss all the veggies in a large bowl together, then make your vinaigrette! Simply mix together olive oil, lemon juice, grated garlic (or minced, if you don’t mind larger chunks), and some Lipton® Pure Green Tea. :) That’s it! Combine and enjoy.

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One of the reasons I was excited to work with Lipton® to share a recipe this fall is because of their great sustainability efforts; 100% of their leaf tea sold in the U.S. is Rainforest Alliance Certified™. The Rainforest Alliance is an independent organization that works to reduce environmental impacts and increase the social and economic benefits of farming. For Lipton®, this translates to better quality of life and brighter futures for families across their tea plantations. So far, they have helped the Rainforest Alliance certify over 500,000 smallholder farmers, have set up 1,685 Farmer Field Schools, and have trained over 450,000 farmers in better, more sustainable growing practices.

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So – without further ado, here is the full recipe!

Serves ABOUT6 CUPS     adjust servings

Mediterranean Green Tea Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 10 MINUTES Prep Time
Cook Time 15 MINUTES Cook Time
Total Time 25 mins Total Time


for the salad

  • 1 and 1/2 cups dry quinoa
  • 4 Lipton Green Tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped cucumber
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

for the dressing

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup hot water + 2 Lipton Green Tea bags
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or pressed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. 1. Combine the quinoa, water, and 4 Lipton Green Tea bags in a medium pot.
  2. 2. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes - until all the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked through. Remove tea bags and allow to cool slightly.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, chop your veggies and place in a large bowl.
  4. 4. Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a bowl (removing green tea bags once steeped) and set aside.
  5. 5. Once the quinoa is cool, or mostly cooled, add it to the bowl with the veggies. Pour the dressing over and toss to combine.
  6. 6. Serve chilled as an entree, as a side dish with seared chicken or fish, or atop salad greens.


Let me know how you like it! Don’t forget some naturally refreshing, iced Lipton® Pure Green Tea on the side. :)

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Have you ever cooked with green tea?

p.s. For my Registered Dietitian readers – if you will be at FNCE this weekend, come see me demo this recipe at the Unilever booth on Monday at 11 a.m.! :)


  1. 1

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this at FNCE!!

  2. 3

    I would change the feta to goat cheese and then I am sold!! Wish I could attend FNCE and meet you IRL!!

  3. 5

    What a delicious idea! I drink SO much green tea, but I have never thought to use it in a recipe! I can’t wait to try it out – I bet this will be a hit in my lunchbox next week!

  4. 7

    I so hate that I’m missing this and meeting several other bloggers at FNCE! That said, I know this will be a major hit. It’s been a while, but Matt and I have cooked with tea some. He made chai chia pudding that was tasty, and I’ve made oatmeal with tea as well. This looks so refreshing!

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    Roadrunner says

    Looks terrific. Will have to try!


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