Tuesday, July 27, 2010



Perhaps I'm a bit out of touch, but I had never heard of quinoa (KEEN-wah) until two months ago. My friend Betty was visiting from Miami and telling me about her trip to Peru, where she was introduced to it. Then, a week or so ago, I saw it mentioned at ALL THE BEST BLOG. Finally, this morning, it was mentioned once again, this time on the TODAY SHOW. Well, third time is a charm! It's time for me to share with you!

Betty had sent me a recipe which I had already tried by the time I heard the other two references to it. Although it looks like a grain, it's really a relative of leafy green vegetables. Quinoa is a complete protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. You probably cannot find a healthier food. Or, a tastier one, if you use Betty's recipe for...

1 cup uncooked quinoa (red or white or combo)
2 T. grated lime zest
2 T. fresh lime juice
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 t. sea salt (I used Kosher, because that's what I had)
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 14-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 small tomatoes, diced
4 scallions, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
Cook quinoa according to directions on package. Allow to cool.
Whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
Combine all ingredients and toss well. Add salt and pepper if desired.
Serve warm or enjoy as a cold salad.
This dish keeps quite well. It makes an excellent main course or a nice side dish. We had it warm the first evening I made it. Leftovers were just as tasty a couple of days later.
You'll find another quinoa recipe at the above link for All the Best Blog. I haven't yet tried it, but it sounds quite good, with feta cheese, thyme and Kalamata olives.
Thank you Betty!


Shirley said...

You have just told me about something new. It looks and sounds like it would be good. I need to check it out a little further with one in the family that is a diebetic. Have a great day.

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Dawn said...

I've never tried it, but it looks good. Your finished salad looks like tabbouleh!

From the Kitchen said...

Hello! I just met you at Tomatoes on the Vine. I was intrigued by your "name" and decided to stop by. I'm so glad that I did. I've been using quinoa for some time now and am so happy to have your salad recipe. I look forward to spending more time exploring your blog.


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