More Red Quinoa Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice
- 1 cup uncooked red quinoa
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted*
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup crumbled feta
- 2 avocados, peeled and cut into small chunks
*To toast cumin seeds, place in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toast for several minutes until the seeds are fragrant and lightly browned.
Cook the wild rice according to the package directions. Or, follow these general guidelines for cooking wild rice.
Cook the quinoa according to package directions or follow these guidelines:
Method 1: Combine 2 cups water with the quinoa in a pot. Bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil, turn the heat down to medium, put a lid on the pot and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
Method 2: Simply cover the quinoa generously with water (about 3 cups) and boil for 15 minutes, then drain off any remaining water. Drain the quinoa in a fine sieve. If you use a regular colander the tiny quinoa grains will slip through the holes.
In a large bowl, mix together cooked wild rice, quinoa, green onion and cumin seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, garlic, salt and olive oil. Pour over the rice and quinoa and mix well.
Add the avocado and feta, stirring gently to combine. Add additional salt to taste if needed. This salad can be served chilled or at room temperature. It often tastes best if made at least a few hours before serving so the flavors can meld.
© recipe 2012 Jennifer Meier licensed to About.com, Inc.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a grain that was a staple of the ancient Incas and is now popular with chefs and home cooks all around the world. Quinoa has more protein than any other grain and contains all eight essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein . Red quinoa does not differ much in flavor from regular quinoa so the two can be used interchangeably, but the red color does add a nice color contrast in dishes.
Because of its mild flavor, quinoa can be mixed with a wide variety of ingredients and seasonings. Quinoa can be served warm or cold.