Red Quinoa Salad......great flavors from a recipe off the Trader Joe's red quinoa bag. I have to admit that I feel a bit torn about using quinoa since reading about the devastation the harvesting of it for Americans is causing....it's just that I really do like it so I think I will have to invest in the fair trade option.
Now that I have cleared my conscince about eating red quinoa I can talk about this recipe. It really wasn't anything amazing or unusual or special...yet the end result was really good.
The original result had some grape tomatoes which I omitted and called for cilantro dressing. I prefer a lighter dressing so the other flavors come through, so I made it as outlined below:
1 c red quiona, rinsed
2 c chicken broth
Cook until the quinoa is done and the broth is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool. Fluff with a fork and add about 1 T olive oil.
2 c corn
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
juice of 2 limes
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, diced
Roast corn in a skillet until it is cooked and add to the quinoa.
Add the other ingredients, stir, and serve.
I think this would also be good with mango or feta or red pepper. It's just a good all around idea for something pretty nice to have in the refrigerator. And now with a fair trade option I can feel even better about eating this.