Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salad


Quinoa is a protein-packed grain with all nine essential amino acids. Use it in salads, alongside beans, or as a breakfast cereal swap. This hearty autumnal quinoa salad is chock-full of cozy fall flavors. To save time, cook the quinoa in advance.


1 1/2 cup quinoa
Salt and ground black pepper
2 green onions, minced
1 carrot, shredded
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 (15.5-oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley


1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the quinoa and salt to taste. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the water has been absorbed, about 12 minutes.

2. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the green onions, carrot and peas, and set aside to come to room temperature.

3. Add the beans, peanuts, cranberries, oil, vinegar and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to combine.

Variation: Substitute cooked brown rice for the quinoa, or a different type of nut in place of the peanuts.

Autumn Quinoa Salad

Foodsecurity Quinoa genome accelerates solutions



An international team of scientists, including quinoa breeding experts from Wageningen University & Research, published the complete DNA sequence of quinoa. Quinoa is the food crop that is conquering the world (Nature magazine on 8 February 2017). Quinoa is rich in essential amino acids and nutritional fibres. It does not contain gluten. The crop is important to farmers as it provides a reasonable yield. Even on poor soils. The new knowledge about quinoa DNA is already being used by breeders who are developing quinoa varieties. These grow well in saline soil and still meet the taste requirements of consumers.

The scientists determined the sequence of the DNA-building blocks of the entire quinoa genome. The total length of the DNA, the ‘genome’, consists over a little over 1.3 billion DNA building blocks (the nucleotides A, C, G or T), divided over 18 chromosomes. Printed on paper this would add up to over 500,000 pages of text.

To map the DNA building blocks, the scientists used a smart combination of various DNA sequencing techniques. While this enabled them to put together ever-larger DNA segments in the computer from the huge amount of DNA information available, it did not lead to the 18 segments which represent the 18 chromosomes. The scientists therefore applied genetic maps that were made by crossbreeding plants to determine how molecular markers were inherited by the offspring. This allowed them to place most of the DNA on 18 large DNA-strains, representing the quinoa chromosomes.

Robert van Loo, expert in quinoa breeding at Wageningen University & Research. He says it was this combination that allowed the scientists to clearly map the DNA. “We were able to determine the location on the chromosome of no less than 85% of the DNA-sequence. This is a major benefit for plant breeders.”

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Cooking instructions for Quinoa

Quinoa is a brilliant, tasty sub grain, packed with both protein and fibre – and it’s also gluten-free.

Dress simply while still hot with lime or lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and a little sea salt and black pepper, and you’ve got the foundations for a delicious meal. Nutty and fluffy, it’s a great alternative to rice, served with chicken or fish, or livened up with simple, fresh ingredients to make a satisfying salad.

But with so many different grains out there, each with their own cooking method, it can be confusing to know how to cook each one properly for ultimate flavor and texture. Never fear, we’ve got quinoa covered! Follow our easy step-by-step guide below, then check out this quinoa, feta & broad bean salad recipe to turn it into a delicious lunch.


Rinse the quinoa under cold running water to remove its bitter flavour

Tip into a pan and add double the amount of salted water

Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil

Reduce to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender and the liquid is absorbed

Fluff it up with a fork, then pimp it
You might have some leftovers?  …… Cold, leftover quinoa is a brilliant filler in nut roasts or veggie burgers, too.

Quinoa Breakfast – a good start of your day.

delicious-breakfast-quinoaA quinoa breakfast gets you going.
Hands-on time ,  10 minutes
Total time , 22 minutes
Yield Serves , 4
Ingredients to use
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced banana
Nutrition Information for this meal
  • calories 178
  • fat 5.5 g
  • satfat 3.8 g
  • monofat 0.4 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 4.4 g
  • carbohydrate 30.4 g
  • fiber 3.7 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 89 mg
  • calcium 22 mg
How to Make this breakfast
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

  2. Place the quinoa in a fine sieve and place the sieve in a large bowl. Then cover the quinoa with water. Use your hands and rub the grains together for 30 seconds. Then rinse and drain the quinoa. Repeat this procedure twice. Drain the quinoa well and combine it with the coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of water, brown sugar and salt in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed, while stirring occasionally. Stir the mixture constantly during the last 2 minutes of cooking.

  3. While quinoa cooks, spread flaked coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.

  4. Place about 1/2 cup quinoa mixture in each of 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1/4 cup strawberry slices, 1/4 cup banana slices, and 1 tablespoon toasted coconut. Serve it warm.

    Like most whole grains, quinoa is surprisingly filling, but if you need more for breakfast, serve with an egg on the side.

    We wish you a bon appetit and an awesome day !

By Christine Burns Rudalevige,
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