The temps have been in the mid-seventies this week, and that has me craving dishes like this one. Simple, light, healthy and delicious!
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has quickly become one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. While commonly considered a grain, it is actually the seed of the goosefoot plant. Because it contains all of the essential amino acids, it is considered a complete protein.
Quinoa has a protective coating called saponin, which can be quite bitter if it is not rinsed away. I usually buy packages of pre-rinsed quinoa so that I don’t have to worry about that step. If you do purchase quinoa that hasn’t been pre-rinsed, you are going to want to rinse it in a fine mesh strainer under cool water for a minute or two.
1/2 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small garlic clove, minced or grated
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cayenne
3/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
In a large saucepan, toast the quinoa over medium heat, stirring often, until the quinoa is lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Add the water and 1/4 tsp of salt and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is almost tender and has absorbed most of the water,about 12 minutes.
On a rimmed sheet pan, spread the quinoa out and set aside until cool and tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, chop up the veggies and place into a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
Add the cooled quinoa to the bowl with the veggies, pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine. Add the feta cheese and gently toss again. Check the seasonings, adjust if necessary and serve.
Recipe adapted from America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook This salad can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Season with salt and lime juice to taste before serving.
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2 comments to Quinoa Salad with Feta and Cilantro
This looks SO good…. I’m embarrassed to say I STILL have not made Quinoa myself. But love it and love the sound of it with cilantro. This would be awesome with a cookout in the summer. Kim | At Home With Kim recently posted…How To Start Blogging
You’re right Kim, this would be great for a cookout since it tastes good at room temp or cold. I love to serve simple dishes like these during the hot summer months we have here in Texas.
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