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.
- 1/2 cup red quinoa
- 1/2 cup white quinoa
- 1/2 cup semi-pearl farro
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 1/2 cup purple (black) barley
- 10 ounces red pearl onions
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (2 ounces)
- 1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1 small Fuji apple, cored and thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook grains; mix them in a large serving bowl.
Cover onions with hot water, and soak for 2 minutes. Peel and halve onions. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and toss with 1 teaspoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Roast until caramelized, about 20 minutes. Pour cider over onions, and roast until liquid reduces by half, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Gently toss grains with onions, vinegar, feta, parsley, lemon zest, and the remaining oil, salt, and pepper. Stir in apple, and serve immediately.