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Quickie Quinoa Salad tweaked by G-Ma...:O)

Updated on May 29, 2012
Soaking Quinoa...it removes an outer layer  which can be starchy
Soaking Quinoa...it removes an outer layer which can be starchy | Source


(What is Quinoa anyway?)

Quinoa (pronounced /ˈkiːnwɑː/ or /kɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.

What I had on hand

I like to gather my ingredients before hand
I like to gather my ingredients before hand | Source

Ingredients

I love Quinoa and have tried many different recipes, my own as well from the food network, my favorite cooking channel , however I don't always have what is called for in a recipe so I make due with what I have.


Tonight I did have just enough cilantro left, some baby cucumbers, and fresh almonds. I infused some olive oil I had with 1/2 a fresh lemon, juiced. I also use Kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.

Love my cooker
Love my cooker | Source

Rice cookers are handy


I always use my rice cooker for Quinoa because it is faster and am always sure it will turn out right...

sometimes I get lost in the preparation, or am doing too many things at once.

Soaking and roasting

soaked and draining Quinoa
soaked and draining Quinoa | Source
All I had were fresh Almonds, here I am roasting them quickly on the stove top
All I had were fresh Almonds, here I am roasting them quickly on the stove top | Source




This is served warm and the flavors are wonderful. Quinoa picks up flavors from each ingredient you use.

There are many different kinds of Quinoa so you do need to watch which kind you buy (I buy Organic, white or they also have red)

Most recipes I have seen call for water, but I use Organic chicken broth, or mushroom broth or a combination, sometimes I even combine all three...

OK so here are the Directions and I do hope you like it.

Cut cucumber's bite size, I cut them in half, then flat side down to cut
Cut cucumber's bite size, I cut them in half, then flat side down to cut | Source
I also added some baby green onions for extra flavor
I also added some baby green onions for extra flavor | Source

Ingredients are as follows:

1 cup quinoa (red or white)

1 cucumber, seeded and chopped ( I didn't seed my cucumbers, they were small and I like the seeds)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leafs

1/2 cup almonds toasted ( I only had almonds you can use pine nuts, pecans, any nut you like)

2 tablespoons olive oil that I infused with lemon juice

2 baby green onions, chopped


Follow directions for cooking quinoa on the package, then let it cool.

Ready to enjoy

It is served slightly warm and is divided into 4 servings
It is served slightly warm and is divided into 4 servings | Source
chill while cooling Quinoa
chill while cooling Quinoa | Source







Meanwhile, put the chopped cilantro,cucumber, toasted nuts and the olive oil in a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then add the Quinoa and toss.


Eat and enjoy!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      tirelesstraveler .. Good things happen all the time..Thanks for commenting and go eat...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Yummy! Didn't eat dinner tonight and this reminded me I don't have any Quinoa. Its on my list. Thanks for the reminder:)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Peggy W ..I know I LOVE this stuff...I go through a lot of it and try different things all the time. I even eat it for breakfast, with an organic egg, heated up on the stove (pre-cooked of course) like you might do hashbrowns....Thanks for the comment and do enjoy...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Think I'll add your link from this hub to my Scrumptious Quinoa Side Dish recipe. Quinoa is such a healthy grain. I like what you did with yours in this recipe. Last week I had some fish served over a bed of it in a Houston restaurant and it was delicious. So many ways to utilize it! Up votes!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Pollyannalana .

      Good because it is very healthy for you, also tastes good hot or cold. You can add anything you want when cooking it. I add mushrooms, onions, carrots, celery and mushroom broth for another way of fixing it.

      If you look on the package they should have recipes...I mean you can make it with onions and celery and mayo, just like a macaroni salad....just experiment that's what I do...Thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      I bought some Quinoa meaning to get flakes so thank you now I have a recipe to fix it! Sounds wonderful.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      WillStarr...Well Thank you Will and I am certain she will enjoy this..God Bless...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I'm sending this one to my wife. She loves this sort of food!

      Very well written!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      teaches12345...Thanks for the quick comment and I hope you do try this it is so good and healthy...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We just tried this dish the other day, without your added ingredients. We found it was a pretty tasty food dish. I will have to try it again using your recipe idea. Thanks for posting.

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