Crunchy pine nuts add a great texture to this light and tasty salad.

Quinoa Pine Nut Salad2

Quinoa Pine Nut Salad2

Quinoa Pine Nut Salad

Angie Halten
This is a wonderful light and tasty dish!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4


  • 1 tsp oil of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp GF balsamic vinegar


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook and stir the garlic and 1/4 cup onion in the hot oil until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil; stir the quinoa into the mixture, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover.
  • Simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain any remaining water from the quinoa with a mesh strainer and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Refrigerate until cold. Stir the raisins, pine nuts and red onion into the chilled quinoa.
  • Season with cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar then drizzle over the salad; gently stir until evenly mixed.
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