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 :
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
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)


  1. bigapplebitesny says:

    I love quinoa. I just made a salad last week using fresh strawberries and blueberries.

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