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Easy Quinoa Pilaf

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Other


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.


  • 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


  1. If the quinoa is not pre-washed, rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with a dish towel, and let dry.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet, toast the quinoa for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
  4. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the diced onion, cumin, coriander, lemon juice, and salt.
  6. Continue to cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the quinoa and water to the skillet and bring to a simmer.
  8. Continue to simmer for 15-18 minutes until the quinoa is fluffy and the water is absorbed.
  9. Remove from heat, add the apricots to the quinoa, and cover for 5 minutes.
  10. Fluff with a fork and add pistachios.
  11. Garnish with fresh mint.

Keywords: easy quinoa pilaf