Quinoa with Cauliflower, Cranberries, and Nuts

By · On Mar 10, 2011

Quick and flavorful, this pilaf combines two companionable ingredients—cauliflower and quinoa. Adapted from Vegan Express.

Serves: 6 to 8 as a side dish

  • 1 1/4 cups quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small pieces and florets
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the quinoa with 2 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wide skillet or stir-fry pan. Add the onion and saute over medium-low heat until golden. Add the cauliflower and about 1/3 cup water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until the cauliflower is just tender.

Once the quinoa is done, add it to the cauliflower mixture, followed by the cranberries, pine nuts, and parsley. Toss together, then remove from the heat. Drizzle in the oil, then season with salt and pepper. Serve at once.

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  1. Fran Wolok says:

    This quinoa recipe looks great! Thanks, I am going to add more vegetarian side dishes and cut down on some of the more traditional stuff (maybe)!

  2. Love the combo of cranberries and quinoa! This sounds festive and delicious.

  3. Kirsten says:

    This is very delicious and festive on the table. I used toasted slivered almonds instead with compliments around.

  4. Nava says:

    Thanks, Kirsten! In fact I amended the recipe to incorporate your substitution, since pine nuts have been ridiculously expensive these last couple of years.

  5. Abbyvegan says:

    I love roasted cauliflower so I will try it this way.

  6. Susan says:

    Made this today – added fresh spinach, used dried cherries and pistachios, and at the end, added some grated lemon rind. Very delicious.

  7. Nava says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Susan, and I love your tweaks, they sound great!

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