Easy Quinoa Pilaf
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This easy quinoa pilaf is made with sweet dried apricots and salty pistachios for a side dish that is full of flavor. Serve this with pilaf your favorite protein or add it to a bed of mixed greens for a delicious and healthy salad.
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Tips for Perfect Quinoa Pilaf
- Be sure to rinse your quinoa before cooking, unless you’ve purchased pre-washed quinoa.
- Adding the apricots to the warm quinoa will gently hydrate the fruit, giving them a deliciously plump texture.
- To save time, buy pre-shelled pistachios. You can also substitute sliced almonds or pine nuts.
- 1 ½ cups quinoa
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
- ½ cup shelled pistachios
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
- If the quinoa is not pre-washed, rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer.
- Spread onto a baking sheet lined with a dish towel, and let dry.
- In a large non-stick skillet, toast the quinoa for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
- Transfer the quinoa to a bowl.
- In the same skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the diced onion, cumin, coriander, lemon juice, and salt.
- Continue to cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the quinoa and water to the skillet and bring to a simmer.
- Continue to simmer for 15-18 minutes until the quinoa is fluffy and the water is absorbed.
- Remove from heat, add the apricots to the quinoa, and cover for 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and add pistachios.
- Garnish with fresh mint.
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How to Store Leftover Quinoa Pilaf
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This quinoa pilaf can be served cold or at room temperature.
Ideas for Serving Quinoa Pilaf
This pilaf makes a great side dish with your favorite protein. You can also serve it on top of a bed of mixed greens for an easy salad. You can also add chickpeas to turn this into a hearty main dish, perfect for lunch!
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