Red Quinoa Salad with Raspberries and Beets

Grain the small hard seed of any cereal plant as wheat or corn. Quinoa was formerly classified as Goosefeot family. Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. Red quinoa has a soft sweetness to them, their great with fruit. For this recipe if you don’t have red quinoa, you can use golden or black quinoa; its just as good.

Prep. time is about 30 to 35 min. Cooking time is 15 min. after cooking let stand for 5 min.

1 Cup Red Quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 1/3 Cups Fresh Raspberries

1 Small Red Fresno or Red Jalapeno Chile, halved and seeded

2 Tbsp. Chopped Shallots

1 Tbsp. Sugar

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar

1/3 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

4 Cups Torn Red or Green Leaf Lettuce

4 Small Beets,cooked and sliced ( about 1 to 1 1/4 lb. )

4 Large Red Radishes, sliced

1/2 Cup Roasted Pistachio Nuts, coarsely chopped

2/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro

1. In a small saucepan bring 1 2/3 cups of water to boiling. Add quinoa; return to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover tightly. Simmer about 20 minutes or until liquid is gone. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a larger bowl; let cool to room temperature.

2. For dressing, in the bowl of a food processor combine 1/3 cup of the raspberries, the chile, shallots, sugar, and salt. Cover and process until pureed. Scrape down sides. Add vinegar; process until combined. With the food processor running, slowly add oil in a thin steady stream (dressing will thicken as oil is added).

3. In a large bowl gently combine cooked quinoa, lettuce, beets, and radishes. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to mix. Transfer quinoa mixture to a serving bowl. Top with remaining raspberries, pistachios, and cilantro.

Makes 6 servings.

How to cook beets. Place unpeeled beets in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover. Bring to boiling;reduce heat. Cook, covered, 30 to 35 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool. Slip skins off beets.

Grain change-up. Substitute cooked bulgur or red rice for the quinoa. Omit step 1; begin with step 2.

I hope you enjoy this great dish. Let me know what you think.

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