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 38 great recipes for cooking with this ancient grain here.
Quinoa and Parsley Salad
After a recent trip to Israel, reader Pam Riesenberg was inspired to include more quinoa and fresh salads in her family's meals. "It's a very healthy cuisine, and quinoa figures into the Israeli diet a lot." Now she's spreading the word through cooking classes and sharing her recipe with us. While cucumber, tomato, and parsley are traditional, this gorgeous quinoa salad pops with color from dried apricots, green onions, and hulled pumpkin seeds. Bonus: It tastes just as good (if not better) the next day. You can substitute dried cranberries or golden raisins for the apricots, and any unsalted nut or seed for the hulled pumpkin seeds.