Keen on Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the most nutritious super foods, a great addition to any satisfactory salad.

Quinoa salad with edamame (photo credit: Courtesy)
Quinoa salad with edamame
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Quinoa is a fantastic side dish for a meal, a Shabbat lunch, or a great lunch any time. It’s packed with protein and is a berry, not a grain, as many people presume. Some people eat it on Passover and it has become a new super food because of all the nutrients it provides in a single serving. 
I love these salads because they combine crunchy and nutty flavored quinoa with fresh vegetables and herbs.  Every bite is filled with flavor and they are very filling.  I like to serve them in a white serving piece so that all the colors and textures of the salads are highlighted. 
Quinoa Salad with EdamameServes 6 – 8
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1 package frozen shelled edamame
1/2 cup pinenuts, toasted
1 red and 1 yellow pepper, diced
1 red onion diced
1/2 cup dried cranberriesDressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2-3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
pepper to taste
Cook quinoa in 2 cups of boiling water for 13-15 minutes. Cook edamame in 6 cups of boiling slightly salted water for 5-6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
For the dressing: Whisk together all ingredients.
To assemble: In a bowl mix quinoa, edamame, pine nuts, peppers, onions and dried cranberries. Pour in dressing. Toss and serve at room temperature.
Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers, Orange Zest, and RaisinsServes 8
2 cups quinoa2 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock4 scallions, light and white green part only, thinly sliced1/2 cup chopped raisins2 tablespoons rice vinegar1/2 cup fresh orange juice1 teaspoon grated orange zest1 teaspoon Dijon mustard3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1/4 teaspoon ground cumin1 cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded and chopped1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsleySaltFreshly ground black pepper
Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer the quinoa until it has expanded fully, about 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
Place the cooled quinoa in a large bowl. Add the scallions, raisins, rice vinegar, orange juice and zest, Dijon mustard, olive oil, cumin, cucumber and parsley and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, then serve.
Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Corn
Serves 6 - 8
1 teaspoon olive oil1 onion, chopped3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped3/4 cup uncooked quinoa1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or parve chicken broth1 teaspoon ground cumin1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper1 cup corn kernels1 (450g) can black beans, rinsed and drained1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantroKosher salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and sauté until lightly browned.
Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes,
Stir corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.These recipes were brought to you by