This may not be the quickest salad to assemble, but it’s easy enough to prepare and keeps well (in fact, it gets better after a day or two in the fridge as the flavors deepen), so it’s worth the time investment. Quinoa and lentils combine to provide complete protein as well as antioxidants and healthy fiber. The vegetables and dressing add further flavor and even more nutrients. For anyone looking for a nutrient- dense meal – high in nutrients at relatively low caloric cost – this is it! Works well in lunch boxes and picnics, too. Serves 4. (Modern Mediterranean)
History of Quinoa
Quinoa was first domesticated by Andean peoples around 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. It has been an important staple in the Andean cultures where the plant is indigenous but relatively obscure in the rest of the world. The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to it as chisaya mama or “mother of all grains”, and it was the Inca emperor who would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using “golden implements”. During the Spanish conquest of South America, the colonists scorned it as “food for Indians”, and suppressed its cultivation, due to its status within indigenous religious ceremonies. The conquistadors forbade quinoa cultivation for a time and the Incas were forced to grow wheat instead (source).