Quinoa con Colinabo y Cebolla Perla

Quinoa with Kohlrabi and Pearl Onions

“Quinoa is one of Peru’s staple foods and is as healthy as it is versatile. Quinoa can be used as a substitute for rice and its texture will change when sautéed or fried. In this recipe I have used white quinoa, but you can use any variety. If available garnish with borage flowers, but feel free to use other edible flowers or your favorite seasonal herbs.” – Chef Virgilio Martinez

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  • 1 2/3 cups white quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 13/4 ounce pearl onions, peeled but left whole
  • 3 1/2 ounce trimmed purple kohlrabi, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/8 cup capers
  • 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • handful of cilantro and flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • handful of borage flowers and young herbs, to garnish

Serves 4


  1. Rinse the quinoa in cold running water until the water 
runs clear, then drain.
  2. Place the quinoa in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid 
and add water to cover by 2 inches. Cover with the lid and 
bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir, re-cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 15 minutes—the quinoa is ready when you can see a little ring on the outside of the grain and it is soft. Rinse in cold water, then drain well. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a sauté pan and sauté the quinoa for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Heat another 1 tablespoon olive oil in a separate pan and sauté the onions until golden. Add the kohlrabi and capers.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the first pan and sauté the grated ginger for 20 seconds. Add the sautéed quinoa and vegetables, and season with salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the chopped herbs. Serve garnished with the borage flowers and young herbs.