Double Blueberry Quinoa Salad
Notice the fresh and dried blueberries. I've also added toasted pecans, chopped cucumbers, and sliced scallions. Some other options include currants, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped red roasted peppers, cilantro or parsley, shredded carrots, and minced red onion.
The quinoa itself is seasoned with red wine vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt. Unseasoned quinoa can be too bland for most people.
Quinoa has a bitter outer coating called a saponin. Therefore, it is important to rinse quinoa well in order to remove this bitter substance. The best way is to transfer the quinoa to a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cool water for a few minutes. Alternatively, "no rinse quinoa" is often sold in healthfood stores. This quinoa you don't need to rinse before you cook. You can purchase the off white color (in the photograph), or the red quinoa.