1/2 cup uncooked whole-grain amaranth (such as Arrowhead Mills)
2 cups diced unpeeled English cucumber
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup drained no-salt-added canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 cup (4 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled
Lemon wedges (optional)
How to Make It
Bring 1 1/2 cups cold water and amaranth to a boil in a medium saucepan; reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes or until water is almost absorbed (it will have the appearance of mush).
While amaranth cooks, combine cucumber and next 11 ingredients in a large bowl.
Place amaranth in a sieve, and rinse under cold running water until room temperature; drain well, pressing with the back of a spoon. Add to cucumber mixture; toss to blend. Add cheese; toss gently. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.
It's important that the amaranth is placed in a fine mesh sieve. The grain is so tiny that it will slip through a traditional strainer. If one is not available, place the cooked amaranth on a large baking sheet, and spread it in a thin layer so it will cool without clumping together.
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I've tried multiple amaranth recipes and this is by far the best! Amaranth tends to be a bit gritty, but cooking it gives it a smoother texture. Awesome flavors all mix together, makes a great to-go meal. My husband forgot the feta a few times, but said it was good even without it. Will definitely make this again.
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