Saturday, June 10, 2006

Quinoa Cilantro Salad - BED

1 cup of dry Quinoa
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 cup water
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1/2 cup of corn, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, minced
----- DRESSING -----
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt or to taste

Rinse quinoa (pronounced KEE-nwah) well with warm water and drain. (Quinoa has a natural coating of saponin, the bitter taste of which repels insects and birds. Rinsing with warm water removes the saponin.)

Place rinsed quinoa in bowl and let soak for 12 - 24 hours at room temperature. Quinoa expands a LOT when soaking so leave room for expansion and don't use a TIGHT fitting lid so air can escape. If you don't soak the grains, you will end up with a heavier salad that doesn't feed as many people.

Drain soaking water into a measuring cup and measure it. Add to or pour out this soaking water so that you have only 1 cup of water to cook quinoa in.

Add salt to water in a pot. Bring to a boil, add quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer 15-20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Fluff into large salad bowl and allow to cool.

Prepare vegetables and dressing. Combine garlic, lemon juice, oil, and sea salt, pour over quinoa and toss well. Wash and spin-dry cilantro leaves and chop into bite-size pieces or thin strips. Add cilantro, corn and parsley to quinoa. Toss Gently. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes.

I use lots of extra corn. Just chop it up well because most children don't digest corn very well. Chopping makes it much easier for little stomachs to handle. :)

Author: Body Ecology Diet Website


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