Quinoa, is a delicate, light grain and easy to digest and is higher in protein than most grains. Paired with a light Greek-style dressing, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and Feta, it is a healthy, easy to make and elegant side dish.
Cover the quinoa with four cups of water and rub the grains between the palms of your hands. Drain and repeat the process one more time.
Bring 4½ cups of water to a boil, add the quinoa, sea salt, and olive oil. Cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 15 or 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
Permit it to cool, then fluff with a fork.
Add the artichoke hearts, the olives, spinach, tomatoes, parsley, and Greek dressing. Toss to mix well. Sprinkle with pine nuts and the goat feta.
For the Greek dressing:
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
½ cup aged balsamic vinegar
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried mint
1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Whisk together all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Check and adjust the seasonings.