If you haven't visited Greece, specifically the island of Santorini, my advice to you is stop what you're doing and buy a ticket to visit. We recently spent a week in Greece touring Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and Delphi and it was hands down the most beautiful place we've been to yet. Not only were we inspired by the colors, culture and people, we were also completely swept off our feet by the food. It is so fresh, light and cared for - every ingredient has a purpose. This Santorini Salad will forever be our reminder of the Greek style of food, our amazing trip and all of our travel memories. The evening we shot this recipe we paired it with a wine (we loved so much we bought a case and had it sent back to the States) we tasted while visiting Santorini from a vineyard we went to with family. The wine is unique to the region (Assyrtiko, a crisp/dry white wine - absolutely delicious), as are the flavors in the salad. I could go on for pages talking about the ingredients and food in Greece. Don't even get me started on the olive oils... seriously you'll have to go and see for yourselves.
Start with your quinoa. Quinoa is 2x water to every cup, so if you haven't made your quinoa prior, pour in 1.5 cups of dry quinoa and 3 cups of water into a pot. Turn to high heat and when the quinoa is boiling turn down to simmer. Let simmer until the water is evaporated/ soaked up into the quinoa. Take off the heat and let cool.
In a large bowl combine your cooled/cold quinoa, prepped herbs and tomatoes.
Add in your salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil. Combine and serve.
NOTE: Above is the Santorini wine we brought back with us. It's named "Santorini" after the island and is in a beautiful blue bottle because blue and white are Greece's colors and it's traditional on Santorini to paint homes white and the domes of the churches blue (you'll see it in postcards/when you visit!). Also the blue reminds us of the deep blue color of the Aegean sea.
And there you have it! Fresh Santorini Salad paired with Santorini wine! The nostalgia - take us back!