There's A New Quinoa In Town...And It's Red!
After all of this was all said and done, I'll admit, I didn't get much of a taste difference between the red and white versions. The main difference is that you have to check your teeth more often because the red quinoa shows up a lot more than the white. Texture-wise it was pretty comparable too. Wanting to learn more about red vs. white quinoa I turned to trusty Google and still came up empty handed. Apparently, there isn't much difference between the two (one site mentioned that red quinoa is a little tougher but I didn't really notice that). Overall, no need to rush out and buy red quinoa over white, I guess its just nice to know there there are options. And it does look pretty sweet when it's all plated up. Just be sure to check your teeth in the mirror once your done.
Chilled Summer Quinoa Salad
*Serves 3-4 comfortably
- 1 cup Red Quinoa (you could certainly use white here too)
- 2 cups chicken/vegetable broth
- 1/2 an English cucumber (or a regular cucumber with the seeds removed) roughly chopped
- 1 shallot, sliced thin
- A generously large handful of dried cranberries
- The juice of a lemon
- A couple of generous pinches of cumin
- A couple pinches of ground coriander
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A small handful of flat leaf parsley
- A small handful of unsalted slivered almonds
Make the Quinoa according the package using the broth instead of water (flavor, flavor, flavor!). Once the quinoa is done, fluff it with a fork. Add the lemon juice, cumin,ground coriander, salt and pepper. Chill completely. Once the quinoa has cooled, stir in the cucumbers, cranberries, almonds and parley. Serve chilled. This will keep fresh in the refrigerator (covered) for a couple of days.
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