Quinoa Pilaf

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1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 cup cold water

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 celery rib chopped

1 small onion chopped onions red

1 carrot, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced garlic

8 almonds, coarsely chopped

1 small tomato, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons raisins

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

1 pinch coarse sea salt


1. Combine quinoa, cold water, and salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the saucepan, and cook until the liquid is fully absorbed, about 15 minutes.

2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir celery, onion, carrot, and garlic in the hot oil until the onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir almonds, tomato, raisins, salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano into the vegetable mixture; cook and stir 1 minute more.

3. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and stir into the mixture in the skillet; cook and stir until evenly mixed and hot, about 30 seconds.

4. Divide between 3 plates; sprinkle the top of each portion with a scattering of a few coarse sea salt granules for a surprising crunch of salty goodness.

Bon Appetit!

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