Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf
Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf. vanillaechoes/Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: serves 4

A healthy recipe for any time of the year. This quinoa pilaf can be served as a side dish to grilled meats and seafood, or served as the main course. The grilled squash and beets add a fantastic caramelized flavor to the dish. Omit or reduce feta cheese portion to suit your tastes.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups
  • 1 acorn squash (seeded and cut into 1 1/4 inch thick slices)
  • 1 large beetroot (stems removed and washed)
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (chopped and toasted, or toasted pine nuts)
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
  • Salt (to taste)
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Fill a large pot of water halfway with water. Bring to a boil and add squash slices. Parboil squash for 5-6 minutes.  Remove from water, place onto a baking sheet and pat dry. Cut beetroot into 1/2 inch slices. Place onto a separate baking sheet. Brush squash and beet slices with olive oil on both sides. Season squash with salt.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Oil grill grates and place vegetables onto the grill. Cook squash and beets 3-5 minutes per side or until tender and caramelized. Be careful turning them on the grill and also watch for flare-ups with the beets. They contain high sugar content and can burn if left too long. Once vegetables are cooked remove from grill.
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Place the cooked quinoa in a large serving dish, sprinkle with a little salt. Add parsley and combine. Arrange grilled vegetables on top and drizzle with dressing. Top with crumbled feta cheese and toasted walnuts. Serve immediately.  
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 479
Total Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 15 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Sodium 221 mg
Carbohydrates 53 g
Dietary Fiber 9 g
Protein 12 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)