Quinoa is considered a superfood because of its nutritional value, but it's also an incredibly versatile base for just about any flavor profile. This chilled quinoa dish gets an Italian twist with tomatoes and fresh basil. Slideshow: Italian Salads
In a medium pot over high heat, bring the quinoa, garlic, water and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the quinoa has fully absorbed the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. After the quinoa has cooled for 15 minutes, chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
In a serving bowl, toss the chilled quinoa with the olive oil, basil, tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a salad or a side.
Very good, made as directed with home grown ingredients!