Quinoa Almond Pilaf Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Quinoa Almond Pilaf Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Quinoa Almond Pilaf

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"High-protein side dish with plenty of flavor and crunch. Rinsing the quinoa three times will help to eliminate any bitterness."

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Original recipe makes 3 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 22, 2012

This recipe was really good. I did not use celery because I dont liek "cooked" celery. But other than that I followed the recipe and it turned out really good. I served this as main dish with some side salad and it was gone in minutes. Thank you.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 20, 2013

I thought this was pretty good.

Sep 02, 2012

This recipe was delicious! The only substitution I did was to use dried cranberries in place of raisins, because that's what I had in the pantry. Definitely a keeper!

Sep 10, 2012

This is outstanding. The suggested serving of 3 will easily serve 4 as a side dish. I also added craisins for color instead of the tomato. Had some zucchini and broccoli that I chopped up and added. Will keep this one in my recipe box-mmmm!

Jan 16, 2013

This is a great quinoa recipe, and simple to prepare. I loved it!!! It is an easy recipe to add or subtract ingredients according to your likes and dislikes. I didn't have raisins so skipped those. I could tell by the seasonings amounts that I would want more so I upped them to 1/2 tsp each except the salt. Probably could use even more. I didn't even add salt except with the quinoa and will decrease the salt the next time I make this. I decreased the olive oil to 1 tablespoon and that was plenty. I am trying to add more G-Bomb veggies to my diet, so I added some fresh spinach and mushrooms!! I recommend adding more tomatoes. I think this recipe definitely needs something green to make it look more appealing. The spinach did the trick! I will surely be making this again. Thanks Ann for a great recipe!!!

Mar 27, 2014

I am in love. Thanks I had never tried Quinoa before, so this was my introduction. I followed the recipe exactly. Even my husband a conservative eater liked it. Good thing to because I would have divorced him and married the Quinoa. - Belinda Wood

Dec 26, 2013

I make this all the time and use it to introduce quinoa to people who have never tried it before. Everyone likes it and I get lost of requests for the recipe.

Mar 18, 2013

Replace 1/2 of the water with chicken broth for additional flavor


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  • Calories
  • 303 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 17.1 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 5.9 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 506 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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