Quinoa, a super food from South America, is packed with protein and fiber. Toasting it gives it a slightly nutty taste, a complement to the walnuts and a foil to the lemony tarragon dressing. Try this salad over greens of any sort: fresh arugula, Boston lettuce leaves or wilted spinach.
This whole-grain wild rice and quinoa salad recipe is perfect for toting to summer potlucks. It features sweet cherries, crunchy celery, nutty aged goat cheese and toasted pecans. If you can find red quinoa, it’s particularly pretty.
We know it's difficult to pronounce, but don't let that scare you away from the rich and satisfying fiber-filled taste of quinoa. Many consider it a whole grain because it can be prepared as such, but in reality quinoa falls into the seed category. Unlike whole grains, however, quinoa takes less time cook and can even be eaten by itself. It is definitely vegitarian friendly and good news to those with gluten intolerance or wheat allergies--you too, can enjoy it (though that won't make it any easier to say).
Our list of recipes mix quinoa with almost anything imaginable, ranging from dried apricots and baby spinach to edamame and tarragon. If you're looking for something with a little more kick, try our Quinoa with Latin Flavors recipe. Whether you're a quinoa newbie or the seed is a staple part of your diet, these recipes definitely make the most of this strangely named seed.
Don't worry, we weren't going to leave you hanging! Quinoa can be pronounced in two ways: "kee-NO-wah" or "KEEN-wah".