Rinsing removes this gluten-free pseudo-grain’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter. (Quinoa is technically a seed.) Although most boxed quinoa is prerinsed, it doesn’t hurt to give it an extra rinse at home. Allowing the quinoa to steam helps it absorb any remaining traces of liquid and plump up. Use this as a base in our Apple Quinoa Bowl With Cinnamon Ricotta, or in our Bacon and Avocado Quinoa Bowl With Buttermilk-Chive Drizzle.