May 3, 2010

Quinoa Salad by Guest Chef Brook

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a whole grain that looks really funny once it's cooked but is super good for you. This is a great salad to bring to a BBQ as a side. It’s really refreshing and did I mention really good for you? Lot’s of fiber, protein, and iron. It tastes great too! I buy mine at Trader Joe's but I've seen it at Costco and some local grocery stores near the dried rice.

1C quinoa
2 C water
1 med tomato cut into 1/2 in. cubes
4 to 6 green onions, finely chopped
1 med cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. cubes
1 small red pepper seeded and cut into 1/2 in pieces
1/4 to 1/2 C finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 tsp salt

Rinse quinoa thoroughly. I just put the 1 cup of quinoa in the pot I’m going to use to cook it and add enough water to cover and swish it around with my fingers. Slowly drain the water out trying not lose too much quinoa. Repeat this at least one more time. Cook quinoa per directions on package (should be 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water). Remove from heat, fluff, and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Add the chopped ingredients. Mix lemon and EVOO together and pour over quinoa and veggies, mixing to coat. Salt to taste. This is best when it’s been chilled in the fridge for at least 2 to 4 hours. The longer the flavors mingle the better.

1 comment:

  1. Looks super yummy! Can't wait to try it!

    Crazy Crafty Cousins


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