Quinoa is available in multiple colors - white, black and red. I have used both white and red and they taste almost the same. The red is prettier. Today I have combined quinoa with asparagus and corn with a simple balsamic dressing to make a very nutritious dish. Before you start cooking quinoa, you need to wash it thoroughly to remove the bitter coating called saponin, which acts as a natural insect repellent. Since grains are tiny, you need to use a fine mesh strainer to wash the quinoa. Most quinoa sold today does not require much washing, but in case you end up with one that does, wash till the water runs clear.
Since quinoa is a protein, it makes a good vegetarian main.