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One Great Way to Eat Quinoa

If you don't already know about this super-grain called Quinoa, pronounced "KEEN, wah," it is time to learn a little about it.  This food is highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high, making it a healthy choice for vegetarians.  Quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein.  It is a great source of dietary fiber and is high in magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.  Another great thing is that quinoa is gluten free.  Because of all these characteristics, I consider it a super-food.  Below is one of my favorite summer recipes with quinoa.   

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


2 cups quinoa

4 cups hot water

2 cups peas, lightly cooked fresh or frozen         

1 medium red onion, diced

1  red pepper, cored, seeded and diced            

½ cup black olives, sliced   

1 green pepper, cored, seeded and diced           

1 cup golden raisins

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped                            

¼ cup fresh dill, chopped

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted  

½ cup vinaigrette dressing


It is best to soak the 2 cups of quinoa in water for 12-24 hours before cooking.  Drain the quinoa before cooking.  In a large saucepan bring 4 cups hot water and 2 cups quinoa to boil.  Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed.  Fluff with a fork and cool.  When quinoa and peas are cool, place into a large bowl and add all remaining ingredients except pine nuts.  Toss with ½ cup of vinaigrette dressing.  Garnish with pine nuts which have been toasted in a dry skillet until golden.  Serve warm or cover and chill before serving.  Makes 8 servings.


Wine vinaigrette dressing


¼ cup apple cider vinegar                            

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard                             

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ cup olive oil                                              

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons dry white wine

Salt and Pepper to taste 


Whisk together vinegar, honey, mustard, and chopped garlic in a bowl.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and wine, whisking until well blended.  Add salt and pepper to taste.






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