Quinoa with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

  • Kristing Posted: 01/16/11
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    Absolutely fantiastic. Didn't have cherries or pistachios, so I substituted cranberries and toasted almonds and it was wonderful. I served it with a Costco Rotesserie Chicken and a spinach salad for a quick easy meal.

  • jennmbeck Posted: 12/19/10
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    The lack of flavor wasn't worth the time it took to chop cherries, herbs, and nuts.

  • darbygal Posted: 01/12/11
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    We made this during a visit to the beach last weekend with good friends. My friend and I thought it worthy of 5 stars for the taste and the chance to use a new ingredient QUINOA.It did take a little time but well worth every minute. We both know this will become a frequent dish at our families table. We used dried cranberries since we did not have cherries. Served with meatloaf. It tasted even better the next day when we used it with lunch. I have even had it for breakfast it is that tasty and filling.

  • WenDee70 Posted: 11/20/10
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    Oh My Word~~this is so FANTASTIC!!! I have been wanting to cook with quinoa but have just avoided it because I thought it would be..well..terrible!!! I am here to tell ya that~~was I ever wrong!!! Such a good mixing of flavors and the pistachios add that needed crunch where the cherries added just that perfect little gem of sweetness. This is a must make and a

  • rcturner525 Posted: 04/11/11
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    I thought this was a delicious way to enjoy this amazing grain! I halved the recipe but kept the lemon juice the same, as I liked the brightness it added to the dish. I also used dried cranberries instead of cherries, and can many other types of dried fruit working well (chopped apricots would be delicious, or maybe golden raisins...). Served alongside cedar-plank grilled steelhead trout and sauteed spinach for a wonderful meal that felt special, even on a Monday!

  • Zorian Posted: 06/22/11
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    The cherries make it sweet, the shallots make it savory. The resulting clash is . . . . . interesting.

  • jds317 Posted: 07/18/11
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    I made this to bring to a women's soccer world cup party this weekend. It was a hit! I too used dried cranberries instead of cherries. I also used 1/2 the amount of quinoa because I wanted the nuts and fruit to stand out more in the dish. Because several reviews mentioned that it's time consuming to chop everything, I through the nuts, berries, and herbs into my mini-food processor which made this dish super quick and easy to make. Will definitely make again.

  • KarenPark Posted: 01/17/12
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    Perfect with the lamb I cooked for Christmas dinner.

  • Melhoney1 Posted: 02/06/12
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    I made this with the dried cherries and pistachios...I did not have the mint or the parsley, but this was the hit of our very healthy super bowl party. Loved the tart cherries and the crunchy salty nuts. I will make this again and I may just keep it just like I made it.

  • ZebraElement Posted: 06/02/12
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    Excellent! So delicious and healthy.

  • jladybug671 Posted: 03/01/12
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    I substituted cranberries, dried mint (from a teabag) and rice wine vinegar. Loved it!

  • EMatthews Posted: 02/27/12
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    I love this recipe. Sometimes I forgo oil for the dressing,and add bit of feta cheese and scallions instead.

  • KLHuffman Posted: 09/10/12
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    Loved this recipe! I used dried cranberries and cashews instead of the dried cherries and pistachios. You may want to cut the recipe in half if it is only for 4 or less people. I usually forget to see how many people the recipe serves :-)

  • TCUnurse Posted: 03/05/12
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    Cherries and pistachios make a great combination and added crunch/texture. I am not a huge fan of mint so I used cilantro and parsley combination instead. Served with Moroccan Salmon with a yogurt sauce - which went really well with the quinoa

  • DawnJen Posted: 03/26/12
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    Very good and easy! My family liked it! I toasted the quinoa for one minute before adding the onions (for shallots) and olive oil. I substituted chicken broth for the wine and chopped,dry roasted almonds for the pistachios.

  • LABRAD Posted: 02/04/13
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    This was really good. I subbed craisins for cherries and chicken stock for wine. I served this with a rosmary, garlic, and apricot roasted pork loin and sauteed zucchini and squash. As this was for a date, I made half the recipe. She was very impressed. I will be making this again.

  • CindyW Posted: 10/09/12
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    We didn't expect much, but decided to give this a try. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised! Will definitely be making again!

  • portland Posted: 04/07/13
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    nice and light. easy

  • CBaptiste Posted: 04/26/13
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    added little more fresh parsley and mint. something yummy and different.

  • ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 01/07/13
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    I used cranberries instead of the cherries, and agree with other posters, that for how simple this dish it, it is great, read my full review at http://www.dishoverdinner.com/2013/01/quinoa-with-dried-cranberries-and.html#!/2013/01/quinoa-with-dried-cranberries-and.html

  • daneanp Posted: 04/29/14
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    Good side dish. DD didn't like the mint/parsley. I had to use toasted pine nuts as my market didn't have dry roasted pistachios (or DH couldn't find them). We had this with grilled pork but it could be a good side dish to almost anything.

  • Judithm Posted: 04/15/14
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    I love this! I actually had something similar as a breakfast entree at a restaurant. They added small slivers of grilled chicken, small slivers of grilled zucchini and almonds and light dusting of feta cheese. I made this last night as a side to a balsamic chicken glaze, but subbed almonds for pistachios, and also chopped some craisins in as well. Enough left over for two more days of delicious lunch as well.

  • GwennR Posted: 07/04/13
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    Easy with lovely taste and texture - love the pistachios! Since the quinoa has such a mild taste, I like cooking it in either vegetable or chicken broth (low sodium) I also substitute dried cranberries for cherries sometimes, as I always have them around and they work very well with the pistachios. This recipe is great to bring to a covered dish event.http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quinoa-with-dried-cherries-50400000108366/#

  • Selkia Posted: 10/20/13
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    excellent!!!

  • K9andCat Posted: 08/11/13
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    Yum!!! I didn't have cherries on-hand so I used dried cranberries. Wonderful!!!!

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