This is a perfect dish for the Fall. It tastes very much like guacamole (It really does, really!). I read a tip on pinterest about soaking quinoa for a few minutes prior to cooking it and rubbing it with your fingers to release the bitter taste into the water that you then rinse off. This tip was helpful as the quinoa was not bitter at all. Feel free to be creative with additions into your quinoa recipes. Quinoa is so versatile. It is healthy, easy, quick, and delicious. I will be making this again for my family soon.
1 cup quinoa (soaked in water for 3 minutes and rinsed well)
1 and 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon cumin
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, rinsed and chopped
2 green onions, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 pear, diced
1/2 large avocado, diced
Soak quinoa for a few minutes (3-5) and rub quinoa seeds between your fingers to release bitter coating. Rinse well and place in a saucepan with water. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Drain excess water. Place quinoa in a large salad bowl and add remaining ingredients. Toss. Serve. Enjoy!