Quinoa Pilaf With Dried Cherries and Almonds

This healthy and flavorful quinoa side dish is a great staple recipe.

As seen in this recipe, a Sprouted Quinoa Trio blend that I found at Whole Foods was used due to the appealing mosaic of color. Standard quinoa can certainly be used as well.

My husband is from Traverse City, Michigan, also known as the Cherry Capital of the world, and I use dried cherries in a variety of dishes and recipes. Using dried cherries always reminds me of Traverse City and its incredible surrounding areas.

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture with a nutty flavor when cooked. Quinoa has deep South American roots and is an ancient grain-like crop. The Incas called it the “mother grain” and actually revered it as sacred.
This little seed is a serious nutritional powerhouse and that is why we love it so much here at Recipe Rebuild. Cooked quinoa is a great substitute for rice or barley and can be used in salads, stews, soups and casseroles. Before cooking, one must rinse the seeds to remove their bitter resin-like coating, which is called saponin. This process has likely been done when packaging but it is recommended to rinse again prior to preparing the grain.

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Quinoa Salad With Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas, & Mushrooms 

Simple Quinoa Salad 

Quinoa, Spinach & Sweet Potato Cakes  

Black Bean Quinoa Salad 

Why Healthy

  • Quinoa (aka Super Seed) is a gluten free seed that provides a complete protein as well as iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and folic acid.
  • Dried cherries are rich in antioxidant compounds and are a source of vitamin A.


Quinoa Pilaf With Dried Cherries and Almonds

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins


1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Onion, Chopped
1 1/2 Cups Sprouted Quinoa Trio or Regular Quinoa
2 1/2 Cups Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
3/4 Cup Dried Cherries
2/3 Cup Sliced Almonds
3 Tablespoons Fresh Flat Leafed Parsley, Chopped
Salt and Pepper To Taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Toast the almonds by arranging them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool the almonds completely while preparing the pilaf.
Place the dry quinoa in a strainer and rinse well.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Sauté the onion until translucent and fragrant, about 4 minutes.
Add the quinoa and toast slightly, stirring constantly for a minute or two.
Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add the dried cherries and cover again for 10 more minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
Toss in the almonds and parsley, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
This recipe makes great leftovers as well.


40 Responses to “Quinoa Revolution Review & Giveaway”

  1. G. Tessner — January 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    The quinoa salad with cauliflower, chickpeas and mushrooms was a big hit!


  2. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Yum!! We have added quinoa this year too and would love the cookbook!


  3. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago. I am hooked…very versatile.


  4. monica cesarato — January 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I actually ate it few times but never got round to cook it, so this book would be a great help! Ciao from Venice!


  5. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

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  6. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    My family is trying to eat less meat this year, this cookbook looks like a big help.


  7. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m TRYING to use more quinoa so a book like this would be VERY helpful!


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  11. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    If quinoa is so great, I really need to find a recipe that works for me. I’ve tried it once an didn’t really like it.


  12. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve completed step 2.


  13. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I’ve completed step 3.


  14. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Following you on facebook and pintrest~


  15. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa, but I always make the same few recipes with it. I’d love this cookbook so that I can expand my use of quinoa.


  16. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  17. linda — January 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    The perfect grain high in protein and tastes great. I’d love the cookbook so I can continue on my healthy eating journey and help my friends do the same, while enjoying every bite.


  18. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I Love Quinoa, I would love to win this cookbook to find great recipes to help me use it more & keep us healthy!!!


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  22. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    We’ve been eating Quinoa for years. Love it! Some new recipes for preparing it would be wonderful. Thank you.


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  24. Carolyn — January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    We eat quinoa here in our house but it’s always hard to come up with new and interesting recipes my kids will eat too. Would love the cookbook! I already am part of your Facebook page but i don’t follow Twitter. I’ll try “Pinterest” next.


  25. Cory Moorhead — January 9, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Our son made a dish using quinoa while he was visiting over Christmas and left us with a big bagful. A cookbook full of quinoa reccipes would be wonderful, plus a dictionary on how to pronounce the word. lol


  26. Julie in Redmond — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would love to learn how to incorporate quinoa into my family’s diet. I’ve been cooking with more “ancient” grains like farro and kamut, but I haven’t tackled quinoa yet.


  27. Rosetta from Elmwood Park — January 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s all about the health benefits of eating more complex carbs and staying away from white processed flour! Would love this cookbook!!!

    Thanks for this contest…


  28. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve loved quinoa since before it was trendy! This cookbook would give new life to this ancient grain!!


  29. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

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  32. Imacolata — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Have used quinoa a couple of times and would like the book for recipes to use it more. (Have completed step 3)


  33. Julie in Redmond — January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 am

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  34. Sandy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I have just recently discovered quinoa and due to health issues, I’m looking for new and interesting recipes with quinoa. Thank- you!


  35. Danielle K — January 12, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I’d love this cookbook because I love quinoa but want to try new ways to cook it…I always use the same few recipes with it.


  36. Kelly B — January 12, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I recently made quinoa for the first time after having a taste my neighbor made for a party. It had a greek salad flavor, complete with feta, chopped cucumbers and tomato and rainbow quinoa. The clincher was her homemade basil and sundried tomato honey! What a flavor explosion and it made me a quinoa fan.


  37. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi.. I did #2


  38. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

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  39. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    And I would like to win this book because I a quinoa freak and I always need a recipe to follow..otherwise I’m lost..thanks


  40. AdriBarr — January 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Because I love Quinoa! I’ve cooked with it for years – old hippies never die you know. We just discover cool heirloom, ancient or foreign grains and rices.


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