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Quinoa Salads

With its mildly nutty flavor and couscous-like texture, quinoa is a protein-rich grain that cooks quickly. Quinoa salad is hearty enough to serve as a main. Keep it simple by adding seasonings like salt and pepper, oil and vinegar, and a sprinkle of parsley; or load up your quinoa salad with sauteed veggies. No one will go home hungry.

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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) has an impressive protein profile. It contains amino acids not normally found in grains, and it cooks in 15 minutes. It has a pleasing crunch and mild, nutty flavor. If the quinoa salad is made ahead of time, let it come to room temperature before serving; perk up its flavor with additional lemon juice if needed.

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Quinoa cooks up light and fluffy in minutes (it's done when the telltale curlicue wisp unfurls). Its subtle flavor comes through whether served hot, cold, or at room temperature. It can stand in for couscous in most recipes.