With its exceptional nutrient profile and 15 minute cooking time, quinoa is a healthy and convenient choice for salads, cereals and sides.
Where to find Quinoa and What to do with it
Quinoa can be found in most major grocery stores and local health food stores. It’s grain like properties make it very easy to work with and incorporate into the diet. It can be dressed up in salads, soups and casseroles or prepared as a simple side dish.
Unprocessed quinoa is coated in saponin, a natural bitter-tasting compound. Most commercial quinoa has been pre-rinsed to remove this coating however rinsing quinoa under cool water before cooking will get rid of any residual bitter taste.
For this salad, anything goes. Experiment with different fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds to enjoy varying textures, tastes and nutrients.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 kiwi, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup red onion, finely diced
- 1 large orange bell pepper, diced
- 1 pint cherry tomato, sliced
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
Rinse 1 cup quinoa. Place rinsed quinoa and 2 cups water in uncovered pot on stove. Once it begins to boil, cover pot and reduce heat to simmer, 12-15 minutes. Drain well and transfer to serving bowl.
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp grated lime rind
- 1 Tbsp minced ginger root
- 1 tsp prepared mustard (such as Dijon grainy mustard)
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp cracked pepper
Combine ingredients together in a container with fitted lid. Shake well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
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