Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

I love working with alternative grains like quinoa, they just add inspiration and vibrance to meals.  It's even more fun to serve these when you are having guests open as a way to introduce them to foods that they typically would shy away from due to fear of the unknown.  This salad offers a familar taste through the medium of unfamiliar ingredients.  Quinoa is a wonderful grain for this salad, but also realize as with most alternative grains that you can substitue this with others such as wheatberries or farro for added texture or color, or mix them together to create a real interesting taste.

1 cup quinoa, cooked
1 can garbanzo beans,
OR dried equivalent cooked
1/2 red onion, chopped

Tahini Dressing:
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup tahini
Zest of one lemon
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Whisk together the garlic, tahini, lemon zest and juice, olive oil and salt. Add the hot water to thin a bit if desired.  Taste to adjust desired seasoning

Toss the cooked quinoa, beans, red onion, and desired amount of the dressing.

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