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.
Red Quinoa Salad
Red quinoa makes a beautiful main-dish salad, but you can use whichever color you’d like. We love the briny, salty flavor feta gives the Mediterranean-flavored salad, but crumbled goat cheese would work just as well. Letting the oil mixture stand for 20 minutes helps infuse it with shallot flavor and develop delicious nuances. It's wise to mix the dressing into the quinoa while it's still a little warm: Room temperature or cold grains and starches do not absorb liquid nearly as well. Use a flavorful, good-quality extra-virgin olive oil for the best results—simple recipes like this depend on using great ingredients.