I really enjoy quinoa and like to find ways to include it in our diet. As I have mentioned before quinoa is a highly nutritious grain that is full for protein and nutrients so try and add it to your diet too!
There are many quinoa salads out there and most of them call for olive oil and lemon juice. I love lemons but for some reason not on quiona and of course I try not to add oil to many things. Also most quinoa salads call for you to cook the quinoa in water which does make a wonderful fluffy end product that is great to eat with just a little salt on it but in a salad (depending on your choice of dressing) I think it is a bit bland.
For some reason cooking quinoa in vegetable broth causes it to turn out sticky but it always tastes great. I have grown to love sticky quinoa and with the right mix of vegetables, spices and vinegar (instead of lemon) it is really great! You can make yours sticky like I do here or cook with water and add more spices you decide but try it sticky first , you might like it!
Sticky Quinoa Salad
2 cups of vegetable broth (the kind you use matters so use a really flavorful kind for great flavor! I use Pacific brand.)
1 cup Quinoa
1 cup diced bell peppers (use 2 or more colors for a beautiful dish)
1/2 cup corn kernels
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 carrot shredded
3-4 scallions sliced
1-2 Tablespoons rice vinegar (or to taste)
Pepper to taste
Add 2 cups of vegetable broth and quinoa to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low, cover and let it simmer 12-15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
While quinoa cooks steam the bell peppers, corn, garlic and basil in a small amount of water until cooked through and all the liquid is absorbed.
Once quinoa is done remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Add the cooked vegetables and the raw carrot and scallions to the quinoa . Sprinkle with desired amount of vinegar and pepper and toss well, tasting as you go for your desired flavor. Serve warm or at room temperature. If you do not like your quinoa sticky you can chill it after it is cooked to make it more light and fluffy. ENJOY!