Quinoa Salad - Home Cooking Dish of the Month August 2012
- Dave MP Jul 30, 2012 04:07 PM
Announcing the August 2012 Home Cooking Dish of the Month: Quinoa Salad
So, now that it's nearly August in Australia, let's start cooking! The idea of Home Cooking Dish of the Month is to collectively cook as many versions of the dish as possible within the month of August, reporting back with details about recipes, and photos of the dishes we've cooked.
If you're looking for inspiration, a quick search for "quinoa salad" on CHOW is a great start...immediately turns up some recipes and some good Chowhound threads. See: http://www.chow.com/search?query=%22q...
Recipes for quinoa salad might come from the Internet, cookbooks, or could also be original inventions! Looking forward to seeing what people come up with, and trying some recipes of my own as well!
I so did not expect it to be quinoa; trendy seed and everyone is into it these days including my children. I seem to make it at least once a week. My favourite way to cook quinoa is to toast it first in a bit of olive oil until fragrant and then pour hot chicken stock over. I like 1 part quinoa to 1.5 part stock. Season and cook for 10min; turn off the heat, cover the pot with a towel, place the lid on top and let cool until ready to serve.
The latest success was to top quinoa with Simple Salsa from Fish Without a Doubt (page 394).
Love it! There are a couple of quinoa salads in Raising the Salad Bar the August COTM that I've had my eye on.
Just wondering, do y'all rinse your quinoa before cooking it? I'm mostly talking about the quinoa bought in bulk from a bin/dispenser. The first time i made it, I didn't rinse, it was bitter. Then I read that one really should rinse it first, the bitterness is left from processing. Not sure if that has changed much or not. It's been awhile since I've used it. I have some in the pantry, but it's in a package, already with spices, like a rice-a-roni mix.
Some do. I'm curious if it matters, other than aesthetics. Has anyone noticed a difference in flavor or texture between the three colors? Edit: in this link, they mention that the red quinoa doesn't absorb water as quickly. http://www.cookingquinoa.net/category...
Question for DaveMP: is this the thread we use to report back on the recipes we try. Or will you post another thread tomorrow?