Tomato Quinoa Pilaf

This Tomato Quinoa Pilaf is such a simple quinoa recipe that you will be surprised by how delicious it is!  It makes a great vegetarian and gluten free side dish or a light lunch or dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Healthy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 240kcal
Author Wendy Polisi


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped shallots or red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups quinoa rinsed
  • 2 3/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 ounces feta cheese crumbled


  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions or shallots and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
  • Add quinoa to the saucepan and sauce for two minutes. Stir in broth, salt and cayenne pepper.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 18 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for another five minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, parsley, basil, thyme, lemon juice and feta and serve warm.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2.3mg