What better way to accompany your next BBQ than with this healthy black bean and feta quinoa salad.  This salad is so easy to put together and should be served cold.  It’s also healthy…what’s not to like with that?

Image shows a white bowl of black bean and feta quinoa salad with a serving spoon to the side.  A glass jug of water is set in front of the bowl.

What makes this salad so great is the feta cheese.  I do love feta cheese and I think it really compliments this dish.  

When I was thinking about an easy summer side dish, I knew that I had to make one that included feta. I love anything that is considered quick and easy and this recipe is both of those.

Besides the feta cheese, this dish has green and red peppers as well as black beans in it.  

The explosion of  flavors really popped from the peppers and beans together.  The cheese just added that little bit extra zip that it needed.

If you like cold salads as a side dish, you should also try this easy orzo and feta salad with tomatoes.

Bowl of black bean and quinoa salad showing ingredients of quinoa, black Beas, chopped peppers and feta.

I love that you can combine so many things in quinoa to dress it up.  Plain quinoa isn’t really my favorite…I like to add veggies or fruits to it to add in the delicious flavors and really make it pop.

You can also add protein to this salad as well, if you want something more hearty.  I think grilled chicken breasts would be fabulous with this salad.

If you are interested in additional side dish recipes, this bruschetta pasta salad recipe is divine. Or try these black eyed peas recipe.

FAQs about this black bean quinoa salad

Can I add other veggies to this recipe?

Yes! Please add and bulk this up if it doesn’t seem pleasing to you. Quinoa is such a staple, so you can add almost anything to it that would make you happy.

Can I add protein to this salad?

You can definitely add protein to this side dish. I think grilled chicken breasts or even some fried chicken would be fabulous in this recipe. Just remember that if you are following WW, this will impact the Smartpoints number.

I don’t like feta…can I use a different cheese?

Yes, you can use a different cheese. I would suggest something mild. My suggestions would be Ricotta, another Greek cheese, or Goat cheese. Please note that I have not personally tested another cheese for this recipe.

What is the serving size?

A serving size for this recipe is 1 cup

What are your go to appetizer/side recipes?

Healthy Black Bean and Feta Quinoa Salad

Dash of Herbs
What better way to accompany your next BBQ than with this healthy black bean and feta quinoa salad.  This salad is so easy to put together and should be served cold.  It's also healthy…what's not to like with that?
This recipe is 3 Freestyle points per serving, 1 cup.
3.66 from 61 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 10 servings
Calories 64 kcal


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbled


Cook the Quinoa

  • Heat 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the 1 cup of uncooked quinoa. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the burner and let stand, covered for 5 minutes.

Assemble the Salad

  • Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl. Add in the black beans, peppers and feta. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.


This salad can be served warm or cold. If you want to serve it cold, cook the quinoa as instructed and just let it cool. Once it’s cooled, you can add in the veggies and cheese.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 247mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 450IUVitamin C: 25.9mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Yes, a serving is 1 cup. For all my recipes, if it doesn’t specify a specific serving size, it would be 1 cup. But I usually let you know on the recipe card. I’m sorry that this recipe doesn’t have it on there.

  2. 4 stars
    This looks amazing and perfect for taking to the office for lunch. I see the nutritional info, but it doesn’t say how much is a serving. One cup? Just curious since I’m trying to log my calories. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. I didn’t add any spices to it. It really didn’t need anything.

  4. what do you add for spices ?

  5. This is so tasty. I have made this as my side dish to different cookouts lately. It’s so easy to make – and tastes amazing.

  6. This looks so good and so satisfying!!

  7. I love feta too. I love it so so much, it’s hard to stop adding it to different recipes. I think a Greek salad with feta all over it sounds fantastic.

  8. This looks soooo tasty. I love Feta. I just made a Greek salad and covered it in Feta. Never too much.

  9. I can’t get enough feta. I really can’t stop eating it on things…it’s so good!

  10. I do really have a thing about feta. I can’t get enough of it. It’s too good to pass up.

  11. Yes, it’s a great lunch. I had it last week as part of my lunch and it was perfect. So simple to make and delicious.

  12. You had me at feta……

  13. Feta on everything! Love it.

  14. Simple and yummy! Would be a great lunch!

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