Cherry and Walnut Quinoa


1 and 3/4 cup uncooked, pre rinsed quinoa
2 tbs plus 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbs shallots, minced, divided
2 cups water
1/3 cup white grape juice
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
3 tbs lemon juice
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped


  • Heat 2 tsp of oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Add the shallots to the pan and saute for about 2 minutes or until tender.
  • Add water, juice and salt to the pan, then bring to a boil.
  • Add quinoa, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • To toast the walnuts, heat a non stick skillet over medium heat, add the walnuts and cook, stirring frequently until lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Set aside to cool slightly.
  • combine remaining 2 tbs of olive oil, lemon juice and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Add the quinoa, cherries and walnuts to the bowl and toss gently to combine,
  • Serve warm.




20 min


10 min


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