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Healthy Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf with Optional Sliced Almonds

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Healthy Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf with Optional Sliced Almonds






  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup carrot, diced                           
  • 1/4 cup green onion, diced                  
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced                            
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, diced              
  • 1/4 cup sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp. oregano                                                         
  • 3 cups quinoa, cooked (basic recipe)
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté diced vegetables in olive oil until clear, yet crisp; add garlic and continue to sauté (approx. 30 sec.). Stir in oregano.
  2. Add sautéed vegetables to cooked, hot quinoa, mixing well. 
  3. Dry-roast almonds in heavy skillet until lightly golden. Add almonds; salt and pepper to taste.

Tip: Quinoa pilaf served as a side dish with fish or chicken is delicious. Vary the pilaf using your favorite vegetables, or by cooking the quinoa in chicken, fish or vegetable stock instead of water.

Nutritional Analysis:
Calories: 183                                   
Sodium: 307 mg                   
Fat: 10 g                                             
Fiber: 3 g                              
Saturated Fat: 1 g                             
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Protein: 6 g                                        
Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe provided by Kathy Duran-Thal, RDN, Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services