Dinner Dilemma solved: A fabulous Summer Quinoa Salad to go with something on the grill.
Quinoa is suddenly hip even though it has been around for a while… like for 3,000 years. Have you ever tried quinoa? It’s an edible seed, not a grain, but quinoa can be substituted for almost any grain in any recipe. It has a nutty flavor, fluffy, but crunchy texture, and is really unique looking.
I love it because next to animal protein, it’s one of the best sources of protein and amino acids you can consume. But, here’s the best part: Its gluten free, an excellent source of calcium, high in iron and fiber, and low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. Wowie-kazowie! Talk about a lot of bang for your buck.
Because of quinoa’s surge in popularity, there are a lot of companies packaging it. I’ve tried quite a few, but I really like Alter Eco Fair Trade Quinoa for a couple of reasons: First, they package a variety of quinoas; pearl, black, red and rainbow, which make beautiful, plate presentations (I mixed pearl quinoa and black quinoa in my Summer Quinoa Salad… pretty, don’t you think?). Second, they’ve set up a fair and sustainable partnership with the South American quinoa farmers (hence the “Fair Trade” in their name).
Hey, quinoa’s been around for 3000 years—that alone demands some respect! Give it up for one of the oldest tastiest grains around… and get some in front of your family.
Summer Quinoa Salad you’ll need… let’s get to it… cooking know how…
prep: 15 minutes
cook: about 15 minutes
2 cups cooked quinoa, prepared according to package directions and thoroughly cooled
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/2 cup chopped mint
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup red bell pepper
½ cup green onion (with a little of the green top)
½ cup chopped tomato
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tsp. salt
Place the cooled quinoa in a large re-sealable plastic bag.
Add the basil, mint, cucumber, red bell pepper and green onion. Seal the bag and toss gently to mix.
Add the tomato, lemon juice and salt. Seal the bag and toss gently to mix.
Refrigerate in the re-sealable plastic bag until ready to serve.
• Use whatever fresh veggies and herbs you have on hand… quinoa is very accepting!
• Toast the quinoa in a skillet on medium for 2 to 3 minutes before cooking to give it a delicious roasted flavor.
Summer Quinoa Salad
let’s get to it…
cooking know how…