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Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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Kalamata olives and feta and roasted red pepper sauce: OH MY. That’s these mediterranean quinoa bowls.

This is the recipe that I’ve been eating for the last week and a half to keep myself eating something of nutritional value that actually tastes good to my mouth during this crazy End-of-December season. AND it’s the recipe that I am going to leave you with as we transition right into a lil’ break for Christmas!

For those of us who love Mediterranean flavors, the recipe/concept is salty and slightly acidic and bright and fresh, just like any good Greek-type salad bowl situation should be. FEEL THE LOVE, guys. You just sit right on back and feel the love.

This filling rainbow bowl is a mish-mash of quinoa, cucumbers or kale or spinach (fresh or sautéed – we’ve done all combinations and types of greens at our house), feta cheese, kalamata olives, pepperoncini eaten straight out of the jar because they are so salty and delicious I mean say what? 👅 Also red onion, hummus if you like, and basil or any other herbs, really.

Plus we’re adding a dollop of homemade roasted red pepper sauce which is basically EVERYTHING in my life right now.

…to the point where you could and maybe should just skip the bowl of quinoa-packed nutrition the first time around and just visit that roasted red pepper sauce with some thin and crispy rosemary crackers. Ohmygosh. Do it right now. These foods just know how to speak to us on a deep, personal level.

Sweet dedicated readers, I literally only have this one picture for today’s post. Are you a sad/mad about it? Because I am a little sad about it. Honestly – when does that EVER ever happen around here? Not often, but it is happening today because (good news) we have over 200 people that have applied for the Remote Office Manager position ‼️ but (bad news) I DON’T HAVE AN OFFICE MANAGER YET. Which means that hiring for this position is a one-girl operation that is taking quite a bit of time.

So in light of all the things that are taking all the time and those tricky “regular” meals that are landing right in the middle of holiday parties and cookie-fests, I just have one thing to say to all of us: Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls. And/or Extra Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with Crackers.

Merry Christmas, food-loving friends! See you next week!

Check Out Our Video For How To Make Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls:

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Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl.

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce! A mix of quinoa, cucumbers or kale or spinach, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and pepperoncini!


Units Scale

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  • 1 16 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained (or roast your own red peppers and win the food game!)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almonds

For the Mediterranean Bowls (build your own bowls based on what you like)

  • cooked quinoa
  • spinach, kale, or cucumber
  • feta cheese
  • kalamata olives
  • pepperoncini
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • hummus
  • fresh basil or parsley
  • olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper


  1. Pulse all the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor or blender until mostly smooth. The texture should be thick and textured (see picture).
  2. Cook the quinoa according to package directions (I always do mine in a rice cooker while I get everything else ready). When the quinoa is done, build yourself a Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl!
  3. Store leftovers in separate containers and assemble each bowl just before serving, especially the greens and the sauces, as those will get soggy when stored with all the other ingredients.


For a vegan version, replace the feta cheese with white beans.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: mediterranean quinoa bowls, roasted red pepper sauce, quinoa bowls

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This dish is everything that delights! You have me on the roasted red pepper sauce, I’m going to make that now. I mean now!!! And with one kid with strep. One kid with pneumonia. Husband with pneumonia. And now I find out Wen Haircare makes you bald….for real. I need some spark, some happiness for the holidays. I’m going to make this dip for my Ugly Christmas Party next week (you and Bjork are totally invited!). There’s a prize for the winner. The rosemary cracker idea ~ love it! Going to serve on my new $200 artisan wood board that I’m actually giving away on my blog right now. Merry Christmas you two!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes and enthusiasm in 2015!
    Good luck with the hiring process. Happy Holidays
    I am going to try this for sure this week. Just bought a large container of kalamata olives yesterday. Yay!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Thank you Katrina! Really excited to get someone started in this position… so hard to choose from so many awesome applicants. I’m not used to being on this side of the interview process. 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is speaking to me on a spiritual level. Especially after my coworker just brought me a big tray of homemade treats to take home with me.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum! So delicious. Quinoa has been saving me lately – it’s the healthiest item I’ve eaten among all the cookies and candies and pies. Thank goodness for quinoa! Looking forward to trying it with all these amazing flavors. Olives and red peppers? Heck yes 🙂

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    What a great Bowl of flavor! I did a similar recipe but your is very healthy. I just printed the recipe for this week menu. Thank you!
    I’m in love with your pictures because is simple but full of colors and send a clear message of your brand.

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        Sharon Wisely

        This is beautiful! I’m excited to try it tonight. How many does the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce feed? Is the above recipe intended for one person only?

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow these bowls are so healthy and colorful! Just the kind of thing I’m craving right now (I’ve consumed so much butter and sugar)! 😉

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    Mrs Suvi

    Ooh I love this!! I know I will be craving something like this right after Christmas. Wishing you a Merry Xmas and looking forward to more recipes soon 🙂

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yummo Lindsay, just what we need, it’s our Summer here in the Southern Hemisphere, where we are having scorching temps reaching 40C and cooking is right off the radar. Bring on the salads!
    Plus I seem to have packs of Quinoa multiplying in the pantry, so I can definitely make use of your lovely recipe.
    Good luck with employing your ‘Remote’ Manager.

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    I think I have tried almost all of your bowls and they are SO GOOD! Can’t wait to try this one! It has to be amazing 🙂