Recipe: Red Inca Quinoa and Shaved Young Fennel

From Executive Chef Michael O’Dowd of the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, ArizonaRed Inca Quinoa & Shaved Young Fennel

Makes 8 servings

24 ounces Red Inca quinoa

1 ounce young fennel, shaved paper thin

2 avocados

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

4 teaspoons cilantro, minced

4 teaspoons Iitoi onions, minced (scallions can be substituted)

8 ounces pineapple, diced

3 teaspoons chipotle vinegar

Mineral water

Sea salt to taste

Cracked black pepper to taste


1. Cook quinoa in rapidly boiling mineral water until cooked through and tender.

2. Strain through a chinoise and refrigerate until completely cooled.

3. Sauté diced pineapple on high heat until golden brown and caramelized, then cool in refrigerator.

4. Scoop the pulp out of the avocado and fork into a mash consistency. Add lime juice and refrigerate.

5. Add onions, shaved fennel, cilantro and chipotle vinegar to quinoa, then add pineapple and mashed avocado, and fold together.

6. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper.

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