Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Perfect for Pesach, quinoa is protein rich, has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture, and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Quinoa is available at your local health food store.
Ask your Rav if you need to check through the quinoa before Pesach, to make sure that no grains have accidentally been mixed in with the quinoa kernels. I was told to check through it once before putting it away for Pesach use.
- 4 ServingsServings
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cup water
- 2 ripe avocado, quartered, then cut into chunks
- 4 ripe plum tomatoes, quartered, then cut into chunks
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Rinse quinoa very well in a fine mesh colander or strainer, to remove the bitter coating. Set aside.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a 2 quart saucepan. Add rinsed quinoa. Return to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes, until all water is absorbed. When done, the quinoa appears soft and translucent, and the germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the quinoa. Remove from heat, fluff, cover and let it stand for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Combine avocado, tomato, red onion, scallions, and garlic. Add cooled quinoa. Drizzle with lemon or lime juice and olive oil. Season very generously with salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently.