Cook quinoa and water, first bringin the 2 cups of water to a boil, and then adding quinoa to boiling water. Stir and let boil a few minutes, and then reduce to a simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until tender and liquid is absorbed. Then let sit for about 10-15 minutes to cool. For time saving tip, you can make the quinoa the day before and use chilled pre-cooked quinoa to prepare the salad the next day. Once cooled to room temperature, fluff with a spoon and add to a larger bowl.