Okay how happy are the quinoa farmers these days? Quinoa and chia seeds are all the rage in health food lately. We’ve been on board for a while. We’ll often serve quinoa like rice or as a pilaf for a side at dinner. We all love it, even though it’s a really intimidating word to say out loud. It’s pronounced keen-wah. I didn’t try it for a couple of years just because I didn’t know how to say it. No I’m not insecure at all, why do you ask?
It’s so popular, because unlike other grains, it provides a complete protein. It’s the same reason rice PLUS the beans are a full meal vs just rice by itself. And for the anti-grain people, it’s actually not a grain! It’s a seed! Huzzah!
My very favorite favorite dish featuring quinoa is this salad. I adapted it from one I saw on mrshardingcooks.blogspot.com. It’s so delish, you won’t believe it. I eat it for days straight… And it’s versatile, so you can switch it up however you like. But trust me when I say: this combo is a winner. I hope you enjoy!!
Cranberry Almond Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 medium red onion, diced
2 cups chopped broccoli
1/3 cup chopped red pepper
1/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1/3 cup feta
3 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs honey
2 Tbs olive or coconut oil
salt and pepper
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium sized sauce pan. Stir in the quinoa and craisins. Cover and reduce heat to low, simmer for 15 minutes until quinoa is fluffy and liquid is absorbed.
While quinoa is cooking, toast almonds either in a 400 degree oven for a few minutes or on stove-top.
Toss cooked quinoa with nuts, chopped onion, and any other desired ingredients (chopped broccoli, red peppers, snap peas, celery, grapes, etc). Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl, adjusting amounts to desired taste. Pour over salad and stir. Add in feta and nuts.
This can be served warm, which is delicious, or chilled and served cold. If serving later, it’s best to mix in the chopped nuts right before serving. They do keep in the fridge for several days, but they’re best mixed in right before serving.