I couldn’t wait to let you know about this Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad that I happened upon at Sam’s Club yesterday. If you’re not a member of Sam’s, you can still find it at Amazon, but it’s a bit more expensive: Sam’s price is $9.91, and Amazon currently is selling it for $12.30.
That may seem pricey, but Washburn Mills has packaged the makings for a truly wonderful dish.
But also remember that there are four sets of packs that come in the box, and each set contains these three bags: one for the dressing mix, one with the dried fruit, and one with the uncooked quinoa and grains. I got two meals out of one set of packs when I ate the salad as a main dish. If you serve the salad as a side, it could easily feed three or four people.
I love that there’s no messy rinsing, transferring, or draining of loose quinoa seeds. You simply place the bag in boiling water for 17 minutes, then rinse it in a colander under cool water, let it drain a couple of minutes, then cut the bag and dump the cooked quinoa and grains into the prepared dressing.
While the quinoa and grains are boiling, you can mix up the dry packet of dressing seasoning with just a tablespoon each of olive oil and water. To save dirtying dishes, mix up the dressing in the same bowl that you’ll serve the salad in. After you add the cooked quinoa and grains to the dressing, then add the dried fruit, and stir all that goodness together. That’s it!
Eat this salad right away or let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. How does it taste? It’s vinegary, slightly sweet, and not overly salty. The grains and quinoa are soft but toothsome, nutty and fragrant. The tangy and vinegary dressing complements eggs perfectly, in my book, but this Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad also would pair wonderfully with chicken or other meats. You also could add some spinach or greens.
This dish has one more plus…it’s quite healthy, as indicated by the nutritional information on the side of the box.
My rating? Five out of five stars for taste, ease of preparation, and healthiness. The Amazon reviews gave top ratings as well, which is no surprise to me. This Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad is seriously good…I hope you’ll try it!