Quinoa: Salad's Coolest Cousin

March 23, 2016 By:
10 minutes
20 minutes
Scary quinoa: it strikes fear in the hearts of every cook who has never cooked with it before. Plus, does it really taste good? The answer to that question is a resounding YES! There'™s nothing to fear in cooking quinoa for your family. With the right spices and acidic components, quinoa can be both healthful and satisfying. The best part about quinoa is you can get creative and use ingredients for your family to enjoy that even the kids will like. Quinoa holds flavor well, especially when you add a hearty helping of items like white raisins, vinegar, salt and something crunchy, like celery or green bell pepper. This quinoa recipe utilizes nuts, raisins, green onion, oil and vinegar.



  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer and drain.
  2. Boil rinsed quinoa in quart of water and reduce to simmer. Cover your pan and cook quinoa until it absorbs the water. (Tip: It'™s done when the grains become transparent and the little squiggly pieces have emerged, 10-15 minutes depending on your stove.)
  3. Cool quinoa and mix in the remaining ingredients. Serve as a side dish or as a cool alternative to salad.