The grain Quinoa (pron. Keen-Wa) originated in South America and is actually the seeds of a plant in the spinach family. It is unique as a grain because it has complete protein unlike other grains that need a legume to provide a complete amino acid balance. Quinoa has a wonderful slightly nutty flavor and unique texture and when cooked it creates tiny spirals and looks like a grain from another planet.
This recipe is low in fat, high in protein and is diabetic friendly and gluten-free.
PRINT Colorful Quinoa Salad Recipe from MS Word
Colorful Quinoa Salad
Yield: 6 servings
2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
1 can (15oz) black beans rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh cilantro
1 cup chopped scallions
½ cup golden raisins
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1 small red pepper diced
1 small red onion diced
1 small Serrano pepper seeded and diced
4 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons E.V.O.O.
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl. Mix dressing and add to salad mix. Give it at least
10 minutes to incorporate flavors before serving. Serve chilled.
© 2011 Aron David Bradley