Quinoa

This article was originally published in November 2014

A nutritional powerhouse, quinoa has become the go-to grain for a multitude. The three types in our bulk department are Non-GMO Project Verified, and our pearl quinoa is from Alter Eco, which has a direct relationship with Bolivian farmers. This partnership provides benefits like interest-free loans and the guarantee that farmers can keep 10 percent of their harvest.

Red quinoa

Beloved by whole-grain cooks for its nutty flavor, pretty color and ability to hold its shape in cooking, it’s a nice choice for soups and hot cereals. If you like brown rice, chances are you’ll love this grain.

Pearl quinoa

Frequently compared to couscous, this variety has the mildest flavor and least crunch of any quinoa. It’s a highly kid-friendly protein for basic side dishes and a nice mix-in for cookies.

Rainbow quinoa

A combination of red, pearl and black quinoas, this mix offers keeps its color in cooking and has a more complex flavor blend than a single variety. Show off the colors in salads or side dishes.

 

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Find the recipe for our Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing, along with four other ideas for this delicious grain. The salad is the most popular recipe on our website.

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