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Dorm Gourmet: Crantastic Quinoant-It Salad

Quinoa is not a grain. How do we know this? Because even the Ashkiest families like the Kaufmans are totally able to eat it on Pesach. Quinoa became super trendy several years back when we realized that it was versatile enough to be a hearty side dish or totally capable rice substitute in sushi. Its unique texture, low-maintenance cooking process and high protein content has helped it become a trendy rice replacement at Shabbat meals. Now you don’t need a Shabbat or Yom Tov meal or even a kitchen to make your favorite member of the chenopodioideae family in your dorm room.



1 cup quinoa

3 cups water

2 tablespoons Dijonnaise mustard

¼ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

½ tablespoon olive oil

Handful of Craisins

A few chives chopped into small pieces

Salt and pepper

A microwave safe container with a lid


Microwaved Quinoa:

1. Rinse quinoa

2. Combine with two cups water (covered) and cook in the microwave for 8 minutes

3. Let cool

4. Add one cup of water to the quinoa cook for 2 more minutes (covered)

5. Let cool

6. Cook for two minutes uncovered in the microwave


Quinoa salad:

1. In a small bowl, combine mustard, vinegar and oil – mix well

2. Pour dressing over quinoa

3. Add Craisins and chives

4. Salt and pepper to taste