You can serve this herby, fruity side at room temperature or chilled.
1 3/4 cups uncooked quinoa
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 cups water
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup dried sweet cherries, chopped
1/2 cup dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Add 2 cups water, wine, and salt to pan; bring to a boil. Add quinoa; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Remove from heat; set aside, and cool slightly.
Combine remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add quinoa, cherries, and remaining ingredients; toss gently to combine.
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.
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.
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/#