This post written by the original Ebby.
I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago, and am so glad I did. Though not technically a grain (it's not a true member of the grass family), that's how I think of it and how I use the stuff. It substitutes quite nicely in dishes using rice and small pasta shapes. And it's fun to say! KEEN-wa! Quinoa is equally great in sweet and savory salads, and the one I'm sharing today is a perfect accompaniment to a Thanksgiving day spread.
There are two types of quinoa that I'm aware of: red and white. Today I used red because I love the color, though in the past I have substituted one for the other without any problem. Be sure to rinse the uncooked quinoa thoroughly with water to wash off its soapy, bitter coating, called saponin. Don't skip this step!
While the quinoa is draining, melt butter over medium heat. Cook some onion, celery, apples and quinoa in the butter for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the broth and orange juice, boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Easy!
Once the quinoa is cooked, throw in the cranberries, nuts, cheese and salt. If you have fresh parsley (unlike me), you can add a few tablespoons of that too. It's delicious and colorful and just right for fall. Enjoy!
Quinoa Harvest Salad
1 C. quinoa
1 Tbsp. butter (or olive oil)
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/3 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. coarsely chopped baking apple
1 1/2 C. low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 C. orange juice
1/2 C. sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 C. chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 C. shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley (optional)
Rinse quinoa thoroughly and drain well.
In 2 quart saucepan, melt butter or heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, apple and quinoa and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in broth and orange juice. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Stir in cranberries, pecans, cheese and salt. Sprinkle with parsley.