If you're including quinoa, prepare is first. If not, move onto the next step.
Rinse 1 cup of quinoa (*see notes) in a sieve under cool water for about 15-30 seconds. Shake any excess water and add to a saucepan. Add 2 cups of liquid (I always use vegetable broth when cooking quinoa, because it's friggin' tasty), and bring to a boil. Cover, turn the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid and can be fluffed with a fork. Set aside 1/4 cup, and pack up the rest of your quinoa for use later in the week.
While the quinoa cooks, make your dressing.