Cherry, Wild Rice & Quinoa Salad
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
Tips: Although quinoa--a grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas' diet--was once only found in natural-foods stores, it's now readily available at most large supermarkets and even warehouse stores. Rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa's natural, bitter protective covering. Most quinoa is sold already rinsed; check the label.
To pit fresh cherries, use a tool made for the job--a hand-held cherry pitter; it also works for olives! Or pry out the pit with the tip of a knife or vegetable peeler.
Toast chopped or sliced nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Spread whole nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.
1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 high fat meat, 2 1/2 fat