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Red Quinoa with Pistachios

Red Quinoa with Pistachios

Nutritionists love red quinoa for its low glycemic index; we love how this recipe reinforces the idea that healthy food should pack a lot of flavor. Fresh herbs, plus crunchy nuts, keeps things interesting.


  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa, preferably red, rinsed well in a fine-mesh sieve
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, shelled raw pistachios, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Recipe Preparation

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add quinoa and cook, stirring frequently, until quinoa starts to toast and smell nutty, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.

  • Stir in quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer gently until quinoa is tender, 25-30 minutes (15 if using white quinoa). Remove pan from heat, fluff quinoa with a fork. Cover; let stand for 5 minutes.

  • Fold pistachios, parsley, and mint into quinoa. Season with salt and pepper.

,Photos by Christopher Testani

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 260Fat (g) 10Saturated Fat (g) 1Cholesterol (mg) 0Carbohydrates (g) 35Dietary Fiber (g) 4Total Sugars (g) 2Protein (g) 10Sodium (mg) 230Reviews Section

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