Quinoa is one of my favorite grains for a variety of reasons: it’s quick and easy to prepare, it’s incredibly good for you, and it’s versatile. I’ve added many different combinations of cheeses, nuts, and dried fruit to it with delicious results. Last night’s version was no exception. But then again how can you really go wrong with figs, goat cheese, caramelized onions and walnuts? The red grapes added a nice burst of sweetness to a dish that was already pretty pleasing to the palette.
Quinoa with Grapes, Figs and Caramelized Onions
1 cup of quinoa
1/2 cup red grapes, halved
1 medium red onion
4-5 fresh figs, sliced lengthwise
1/4-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup walnuts
Bring 2 cups of water or chicken broth to boil, then add quinoa and simmer for 15 minutes or until the water is completely absorbed. Meanwhile caramelize the onion (for tips on how to do this, click here.) When the quinoa is done, add the onions, figs, grapes and goat cheese and gently stir to combine. Serve warm.
This post is part of Food Network’s Summer Fest, a collection of recipes featuring the season’s best bounty. For more ideas on how to cook with grapes, visit the blogs below!
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Kale, Grape and Ginger Lemon Juice
The Heritage Cook: Chicken Breasts with Fresh Grape-Wine Reduction Sauce
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Grapes with Balsamic Drizzle
Red or Green: Grape and Tomato Salsa
Virtually Homemade: Grape Sorbet
Weelicious: Frozen Grapes
The Sensitive Epicure: Green grapes, Drunken Goat Cheese and Jalapenos on a Toothpick
Domesticate Me: Gingered Grape Cocktail Granitas
Taste With The Eyes: Chevre Chaud with Grape Arugula Salad, Limoncello Dressing
Devour: Grape-Filled Desserts
FN Dish: 10 Grape-Forward Recipes