Quinoa Salad

We have enjoyed learning the benefits of quinoa (KEEN-wah).  Quinoa is higher in protein than many grains, and it is gluten-free!  We eat the seed of the quinoa, which is a plant in the same family as spinach and beets.  It is not a true grain, which would be in the grass family.  Here is a picture of the quinoa plant:

One thing about Quinoa: it has a distinctive taste.  I grew up on a farm, and occasionally we would chew on the stalk of a corn plant to get the sugar out (please don’t think I’m a total hayseed–or maybe that would be a compliment!).  The taste of quinoa reminds me very much of a corn-stalk.  Not as sweet as wheat, but when eaten with other flavors, quite worth the health benefits–and far superior to many other “healthy foods” some people eat.  You be the judge!!

Next, a picture of dry, raw quinoa.  It comes in several colors, including red.  But this cream color is generally cheaper, and they all taste the same!

Quinoa Salad:

1 c dry quinoa

2 c water

Boil quinoa in water until water is absorbed~15 min, covered

1 T honey

1/4 c lemon juice

1/2 t coarse salt

Whisk the above 3 together, then add

3 T olive oil until blended

Add the following to the quinoa:

1 c diced tart apples

1 c finely chopped celery

1/3 c golden raisins

1/3 c finely chopped parsley

1/2 c coarsely chopped almonds,

Stir in dressing, season with salt and pepper to taste.  Allowing this salad to sit a few hours makes it even tastier!

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