Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has risen to superstar fame in recent years. It’s a gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, quick-cooking whole grain with a nutty flavor and a fun pop between the teeth when cooked. You’ll find beige, red, black, or tricolor quinoa in stores; they all taste the same, so use whichever color you prefer. Because quinoa has a bitter-flavored natural coating, it’s always a good idea to rinse it before cooking. Quinoa is great for pilafs, salads, soups, casseroles, and more. Find 31 great recipes for cooking with this ancient grain here.
Beet, Blood Orange, Kumquat, and Quinoa Salad
This salad is simply stunning—a beautiful combination of colors, textures, and flavors. Avocado adds richness and creaminess, blood orange and kumquats offer up their bright citrusy goodness, and beets bring earthy sweetness to the mix. To ensure the beets don’t discolor the whole salad, opt for golden beets or Chioggia (candy cane) beets. To cook them quickly, wrap unpeeled beets in microwave-safe parchment paper, and microwave on HIGH for 5 to 8 minutes; when cool enough to handle, rub off peels. When kumquats aren’t in season, just toss in more orange sections.