Quinoa- Grain or Seed?

Quinoa- {pronounced- ‘keen-wa’} a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

So Quinoa is a seed…now what?

How do we use Quinoa?
Most commonly it is treated like rice, used in the place of rice or couscous. It has a slightly nutty flavor, and it is light and fluffy when cooked.

I thought we could make a Light Summery Salad featuring Strawberries and of course…Quinoa!

You’ll need :
To cook your Quinoa start off by rinsing it under cold water. Place your Quinoa in a pot and cover with 2 cups water (use a 2:1 ratio; like when you cook rice).
Bring to a boil about 14-18 minutes until the germ has separated from the seed.
“What’s a germ??”
It’s that tiny curly lookin thing, it will have a slightly al-dente crunch to it, while the seed is soft.
Transfer your Quinoa into a large bowl and let it cool to room temp. {Approximately 20 min.}
In the meanwhile chop up your strawberries and cucumber.
In a separate bowl toss 1/4 cup dressing with the green salad mix. Put a nice helping of the salad on 4 plates.
Use the remaining 1/4 cup dressing and add it to the cooled Quinoa.
Add the Strawberries and Cucumber.
Give it a good mix.
Add to the top of your patiently waiting greens. Sprinkle with a little salt and freshly ground pepper. Maybe get fancy and decorate with a few slices of Strawberries {it’s up to you}.
Bon Appetit!
Hurray for Quinoa!
I also paired my salad with a fresh Strawberry Pinwheel. What a great summer meal! (Not to mention a healthy one)
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Quinoa- Grain or Seed?

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Freshly cooked quinoa on a light summer salad!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Strawberries- tops removed and halved.
  • 1 cucumber- peeled, de-seeded, and diced.
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 package of fresh salad greens
  • 1/2 cup Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing

Instructions

  1.  
  2. To cook your Quinoa start off by rinsing it under cold water. Place your Quinoa in a pot and cover with 2 cups water (use a 2:1 ratio; like when you cook rice).
  3. Bring to a boil about 14-18 minutes until the germ has separated from the seed. 
  4. Transfer your Quinoa into a large bowl and let it cool to room temp. {Approximately 20 min.} 
  5. Chop up your strawberries and cucumber. 
  6. In a separate bowl toss 1/4 cup dressing with the green salad mix. Put a nice helping of the salad on 4 plates. 
  7. Use the remaining 1/4 cup dressing and add it to the cooled Quinoa.
  8. Add the Strawberries and Cucumber. 
  9. Give it a good mix.
  10.  Add to the top of your patiently waiting greens. Sprinkle with a little salt and freshly ground pepper.
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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