Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

The USDA recommends making half your grains whole, but we say go all in. Make them in batches, and eat all week long. A toasty nut topper adds just the right crunch.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; sauté 1 minute or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add quinoa; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vegetable stock, thyme, and kosher salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.

Step 2

Combine quinoa mixture, walnuts, chives, walnut oil, and pepper; toss.

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Ratings & Reviews

Great grain!

February 19, 2017
This was a delicious side, served the first time with pork tenderloin with spicy apricot sauce and steamed green beans.  Used butter vs walnut oil and only 1-2 tsp.  Used a combo of fresh stuff (green onions, parsley and thyme).  So good...


February 05, 2016
This was very easy and tasty. The crunchy walnuts were a great addition. Served it with the pan seared herb shrimp, what an easy yet elegant combo. Would definitely make this for guests.