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Tasty Quinoa Pilaf

Tasty Quinoa Pilaf is what I call quinoa with a little pizzazz!

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This is not only a healthy side dish but a gorgeous one as well! Just look at the variety of colors! It kind of makes me feel like it should be a summer recipe, but I actually make it more often during the winter months.

This versatile quinoa pilaf can be served warm or cold. For example, serve this warm at a potluck or family gathering, or cold on a picnic.

There’s a lot to like about quinoa, for example:

  • Quinoa is a fantastic plant-based protein source, 8 grams in 1 cup cooked.
  • Antioxidants are abundant in quinoa as well as some healthy fats.
  • Fiber is no stranger to quinoa; there are 5 grams in 1 cup cooked.
  • Quinoa is gluten-free and an option for Low FODMAP diets.


Spicy Quinoa Pilaf, gluten, dairy, and egg-free

To Make This Tasty Quinoa Pilaf You Will Need These Ingredients:

  • Quinoa
  • Vegetable or chicken broth
  • Olive oil
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Garlic ~ substitute garlic replacer for Low FODMAP
  • Shallots ~ substitute green onion tops for Low FODMAP
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Corn
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Cayenne
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro


Here are some ways you might serve quinoa pilaf:

  • As a vegetarian meal with vegetables or a creamy squash soup like Simple Butternut & Sweet Potato.
  • A side dish to any meat of your choice, I especially like it with a barbecue.
  • Chilled and packed along in a picnic.
  • Stuffed in a pita, sweet pepper, or lettuce wrap.

Try colored quinoa too, it has a slightly different texture and it’s fun to mix it up or even combine them. Pictured here is Inca Red Quinoa.

My personal favorite is tri-colored quinoa which I use in this recipe, Tri-Colored Quinoa and Beans, and these snack bars, Tri-Colored Quinoa Nutty Snack Bars.

tasty quinoa pilaf gluten-free


Tasty Quinoa Pilaf

Take a rice break and enjoy this healthy tasty quinoa side dish that is absolutely bursting with flavor.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Keyword: allergy-friendly, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, healthy, pilaf, quinoa, side dish, spicy quinoa pilaf
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Mary Krick


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 7 Sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced ~ substitute garlic replacer for Low FODMAP
  • 2 Shallots minced ~ substitute green onion tops for Low FODMAP
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley ~ chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro ~ chopped


  • Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in warm water for 15 minutes.
  • Drain and squeeze excess liquid from tomatoes. Chop tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Heat oil in a skillet or saucepan and cook garlic and shallots for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and jalapenos and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add spices, corn, quinoa, and broth.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Let pilaf sit for 5 minutes then gently stir in parsley and cilantro.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 736mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg

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