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Cold Comfort Cooking: Quinoa Salad

I received this delicious recipe many years ago at a healthfood store. As the temperatures in Colorado have been soaring into the 100s each week we prefer cooking meals that don’t add more heat to the house. The main ingredient in this dish is Quinoa, an ancient grain grown by the Incas and highly prized for its nutritional value.

There are many reasons why you should consider adding Quinoa to your diet:

For one, I like that it cooks very fast. You treat it just like rice. Bring water to a boil with quinoa in it. Simmer over low heat until all the water has been absorbed by the grain. You can prepare it more simply if you don’t have the time and ingredients for the salad. You can add olive oil, sea salt, and a bit of lemon juice and have a simple sidedish ready to go! Last but not least, compared to other whole grains, quinoa has the highest protein content.  It is a perfect food for vegetarians and vegans providing essential amino acids and a perfect source of protein. Quinoa is also a food that is free of gluten and cholesterol. Why are you ready to try it?

This salad dish is great for summer picnics. It looks very pretty and it surely will surprise some of your friends who may never have used the grain.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasalt
  • 2 teaspoons dill (or add some arugula as a variation)
  • 1 celery rib, cut diagonally
  • 1/2 cup seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa ( I cooked one cup of dry quinoa)
  • 1/3 cups of roasted cashews or some other nuts or toaste sunflower seeds

Cook quinoa grain according to package directions. Make sure all the water is absorbed by the grain or you salad dressing may end up too wet.

 

Make the dressing mixing vinegar, mirin, salt. This dressing has no oil. The only oil comes from the nuts added to the dish. Toss dressing and the remaining ingredients.

As a variation you could use other herbs such as arugula, fresh mint leaves, or marjoram. It is also possible to replace the raspberry vinegar with apple cidar. My kids do love the unique taste of raspberry vinegar. It is the more pricey ingredient unfortunately.

3 thoughts on “Cold Comfort Cooking: Quinoa Salad

  1. Certainly another dish that I have to try. Sounds easy and delicious!

  2. Cold sounds perfect, right about now! I’m always on the lookout for ways to cook quinoa so I’ll be trying this one. 🙂

  3. this looks wonderful! cold salad sounds good here too 🙂

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