½ cup quinoa (see Tips), rinsed if necessary
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fruity vinegar, such as raspberry or pomegranate
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
2 cup halved pitted fresh sweet cherries (see Tips)
2 stalk celery, diced
¾ cup diced aged goat cheese, smoked Cheddar or other smoked cheese
½ cup chopped pecans, toasted (see Tips)
- Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add wild rice and cook for 30 minutes. Add quinoa and cook until the rice and quinoa are tender, about 15 minutes more. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool to the touch; drain well.
- Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the rice and quinoa, cherries, celery, cheese and pecans and toss to combine. Serve at room temperature or cold.
Tips: Although quinoa—a grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas’ diet—was once only found in natural-foods stores, it’s now readily available at most large supermarkets and even warehouse stores. Rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa’s natural, bitter protective covering. Most quinoa is sold already rinsed; check the label.
To pit fresh cherries, use a tool made for the job—a hand-held cherry pitter; it also works for olives! Or pry out the pit with the tip of a knife or vegetable peeler.
Toast chopped or sliced nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Spread whole nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.
To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
Provided by: EatingWell
Per Single Serving / Serves 8 Total
- Calories 282 25%
- Calories from fat 144 3%
- Total Fat 16gm 11%
- Sodium 265mg 12%
- Total Carbohydrates 27gm
- Fiber 3gm
- Protein 8gm
- Cholesterol 10mg 9%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.