If you are looking to begin using quinoa, this recipe is an easy place to start.  I make this almost every week at the store.  The nice thing is that it is very versatile.  You can serve it warm or cold.  You can add it to sautéed chicken breast or tofu. You can use the black beans or adzuki beans (A Dr. Oz favorite)!  Or skip the beans all together.  My favorite add ins are cilantro and feta cheese.

Quinoa is an ancient South American grain.  It is a nutrient dense, has a higher protein content than other grains, and is considered a complete protein source.  It is also high in flavonoids, calcium, and phytonutrients.   Here is some more reading on quinoa for those of you who are interested. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

Bob and I grew a few quinoa plants last year.  The deer loved them =/   but we were still excited to know that it is possible to grow it in Wisconsin (see pic below).  So here you go, cook yourself up some quinoa and enjoy!

Our backyard quinoa 2012!

Quinoa Lime Salad


  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 cups chopped spinich or chard
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed) or 1 1/2 cup cooked adzuki or black beans
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Dressing:
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • optional: feta cheese, cilantro, sauteed chicken, or tofu.


  1. If you are using dry beans you will want to soak them overnight, rinse them and then cook them in water until they are soft. Rinse again in a colander and allow to drain.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and add rinsed quinoa. Bring the water back to a boil and then cover and reduce the heat until it continues to simmer.
  3. Cook for 12-14 minutes and then shut the heat off and allow the quinoa to set. If you are not using it as a warm dish then allow it to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and stir into the quinoa.
  5. In a small mixing bowl whisk the dressing ingredients.
  6. Pour over the quinoa and gently stir.
  7. All done! =)))
  8. If you are using it as a warm dish and adding it to chicken or tofu you can mix the above as directed and add to the quinoa while it is still warm. Then add entire mixture to your sauteed chicken or tofu.
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