Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf from The Gluten-Free Homemaker

This quinoa pilaf uses zucchini, which is in season for most people, and would make a great side dish for a summer (Labor Day) cookout or picnic.

When I first started using quinoa after going free years ago, most people had never heard of it. Lately I’ve been surprised at how often I hear people mention eating it. What you may not know is that quinoa comes in three varieties–white (tan), red, and black. Red is my favorite, but I used a blend of all three in this photo.

Quinoa Pilaf from The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Quinoa Pilaf
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 1 cup quinoa (any variety)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 small zucchini, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Be sure to rinse it first if the directions call for it.
  2. Heat a large skillet with the butter or olive oil. Add the chopped onion and cook until almost tender.
  3. Add the zucchini to the skillet and sauté until just tender. Add the garlic and sauté one minute more.
  4. Add the parsley, salt, and pepper to the vegetables in the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Gently mix together the quinoa and vegetables. Check the amount of salt and pepper and add more if needed.
You can add additional flavor by cooking the quinoa in chicken or vegetable broth. You can also add a splash of gluten-free soy sauce and/or diced ham.


About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. This Quinoa Pilaf looks terrific, Linda! Quinoa is definitely more mainstream now, more so because I think it’s considered a “superfood.” It’s a great gluten-free option for sure. :-)


  2. stella quintero says:

    Love quinoa, so easy to make and (healthy) I add vegetables, chicken in small peace’s. Also good with green olives, capers anything. You want to add.

  3. Yum! I love using quinoa as a grain at dinner- perfect for my GF meal plan!

  4. YUM! I was planning on making quinoa this week but wanted to do something different with it, now I know what I’m going to make! Thanks so much, this looks great :)


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