You may not be familiar with quinoa (pronounced keen-wa). It's an ancient grain, grown in the Andes Mountains of South America. It is gluten-free and has the highest protein content of any grain. It is quick and easy to cook and can be used in many dishes or as a stand-alone side dish.
Quinoa is available in bulk at stores such as food co-ops, but if you want to try it out for the first time, I recommend that you start by purchasing a box of Ancient Harvest Quinoa. Each box comes with a recipe booklet, offering information on the grain, how to prepare it, and a number of recipes.
With no further ado, here is our recipe for Cheebu Quinoa Salad:
In a large bowl, mix together:
2 c quinoa, cooked
1/2-1 c mayonaise (or Miracle Whip)
2 c cooked chicken, cubed
1 c celery, diced1 diced apple
1 can mandarin oranges
3/4 c raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 c walnuts, optional
Refrigerate. Serve on a bed of lettuce.
You can use vegetables instead of fruit and substitute shrimp for the chicken for a lovely alternative.