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Quinoa under Stained Glass

Quinoa with fresh vegetables, feta and dill and feta dressing.

Peppers, tomatoes and avocados are like stained glass

Quinoa-with-Fresh-Vegetables-and-Dill-Feta-DressingWhen my sister Sharon and I were recently engaged in food talk, the dish she shared was her Quinoa Salad. Quinoa isn’t on my Bucket List but it should be since I have never tried it before. I have wondered about how it tastes and how to use it. It has some amazing health properties. It actually eats like a grain but it is a relative to leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard. It’s high in protein and has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a nutty flavor.

Quinoa-Under-Stained-Glass-Fresh-Vegetables-Feta-Dill-DressingAfter visiting the Gauguin exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington, DC which is open until June 5, 2011, this dish reminds me of the vibrant primary and secondary colors used in his works. And when diced and placed over the canvas of quinoa, it looks like a beautiful stained glass window. But don’t stop at the artistic presentation because this simple recipe tastes fabulous. Sharon explained that when she prepared it for her daughter and son-in-law who were visiting her, they loved it so much they asked for the ingredients for Christmas. The quinoa and the Greek dressing, which has a dill background, store well. Don’t pass up the chance to use the dressing on a garden salad or over a bowl of diced cucumbers.

Recipe: Quinoa Under Stained Glass

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 15 Minutes | Yield: 4 servings | Level: Easy


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • yellow peppers, cut in 1/2 inch squares
  • avocado, diced in 1/2 inch cubes
  • English cucumber, peel on and diced in 1/2 cubes
  • tomatoes, diced in 1/2 inch cubes
  • green onions, sliced
  • crumbled feta
  • Trader Joe’s ‘Greek Style Feta Cheese Dressing’

Quinoa-with Fresh-vegetables-Peppers-Tomatoes-Avocados-CukesInstructions
1 Place quinoa, water and salt in a rice cooker or

a pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 15 minutes.

2 In the meantime, prepare vegetables.

3 To serve, scoop a serving of quinoa on a plate. Top with a mix of vegetables and some cheese. Drizzle with Greek dressing.

Trader Joe’s Greek dressing is dill with feta cheese. Try a homemade dill and feta dressing.

Quinoa – It is similar to a grain but it is actually the seed of a plant that is related to beets, chard and spinach. The seeds are rich in amino acid and very nutritious. Cooked seed are fluffy and creamy, yet slightly crunchy. They have a delicate, nutty flavor. The World’s Healthiest Foods.

Dish Designer

  • Exchange quinoa for brown rice.
  • Exchange feta for grated Parmesan cheese.

Inspiration – Sharon Larson and Trader’s Joe’s
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Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 12, 2012

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7 Responses to Quinoa under Stained Glass

  1. holly April 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Ate this at 1441 too when Sharon cooked it. YUMMY. I loved the black quinoa I tried that night for the first time.

  2. Audrey April 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I love the visual image of stained glass meaning all the vegetables on this dish. Cool idea.

  3. llcall April 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Your quinoa presentation does look much prettier and fancier than mine and Neal’s, but this has definitely become a favorite of ours — healthy, tasty, and filling!

    • helenhorton April 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

      Echo that! Love it!!

  4. kristie December 29, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Hi! I was at the K-Christmas party and that was THE BEST CHURCH PARTY FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD!!!! Is this the recipe you used for the party? Amazing!!

  5. helenhorton December 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the food. The quinoa recipe we served at the Christmas dinner is not yet on my website. It is scheduled for mid-February.


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