Quinoa Pilaf with Dried Fruits

I don’t remember where I first found this recipe. I have mailboxes on my phone where I save recipes that I have seen and want to keep and /or try later. Looking for a side dish the other night I found this recipe. It is delish! I changed the sweetener from sugar to maple syrup and it was really good. The fruit I added was dried cranberries that are unsweetened and raisins, although if I would have had currants I would have added them because they are not quite as sweet as the raisins are. Also, I like the idea of adding some kind of nuts. My preference would be slivered almonds, but toasted sunflower seeds would be good to or any nuts you prefer. I apologize for not giving credit to the author of this recipe, but  I did make a couple changes…

Quinoa Pilaf with Dried Fruits


2 cups quinoa, rinsed

3 cups boiling water

4 tbsp olive oil – divided

2 onions, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

2 cups dried fruit, chopped if necessary

pinch of cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp kosher salt

1/4 cup slivered almonds, optional ( any nut of your choice)


  1. Put the quinoa into the boiling water. Stir,  Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until tender and the water has been absorbed.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a saucepan.
  3. Add onions and carrots and cook until tender
  4. Add the dried fruit, cinnamon, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt. Mix to combine and cook a bit longer. The dried fruit will soften up as it warms in the pan
  5. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa and the mixture from the saucepan. Add the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil, the lemon juice and the nuts.

***The original recipe says this serves 8 -10 people, but of course the number of servings depends on how big the servings are!!

***This is good served warm as a side dish, room temperature or cold right from the fridge which is how I aml eating the leftovers!

***It is also delish as a salad, add some washed and trimed spinach or chopped kale.


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