The folks who promote California strawberries sponsored a national cook-off for kids and challenged them to come up with a quick creative recipe. A 12-year-old from Maryland took the prize for this grain salad, which the cook-off judge, a former MasterChef Junior winner himself, proclaimed easy, healthy and, of course most important, delicious. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

Adapted by EatingWell Test Kitchen


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  • Combine water, quinoa and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, maple syrup, pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.

  • Add the cooked quinoa, strawberries, basil and feta to the dressing; stir to combine.

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; 13.4 g total fat; 2.9 g saturated fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 309 mg sodium. 272 mg potassium; 25.9 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 6.2 g protein; 190 IU vitamin a iu; 29 mg vitamin c; 75 mcg folate; 78 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 74 mg magnesium; 1 g added sugar;