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Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries and Toasted Almonds

Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries & Almonds

Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries & Almonds

Quinoa with Cranberries & Toasted Almonds

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quinoa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 209 kcal
Author: Alina Eisenhauer

This is one of my favorite ways to serve quinoa as a warm side dish with chicken or pork - it is also delicious on its own or on top of a salad.



  • 2 cups cooked quinoa cooked in chicken or veggie broth
  • 1/4 cup almonds toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup low sugar dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme or 1/3 to 1/2 as much dried
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • salt to taste


  1. In a small bowl, combine the dried cranberries and thyme (if using dried) and let sit for 15 min or until the cranberries are soft and hydrated. 

  2. Drain off any remaining water and add the cranberries, thyme, orange zest and almonds to the quinoa. Add salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

I usually serve this dish warm but it also makes a great cold salad with the addition of a little vinaigrette or some fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa with Cranberries & Toasted Almonds
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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