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on the side : tri-color quinoa w/ almonds, oranges, + grapes

Posted Apr 10 2013 9:05am


I feel almost silly posting a “recipe” for this dish.  It’s literally just quinoa with a few ingredients I had on hand at the end of the week.  As you know, you can add all kinds of stuff to quinoa to make it a more substantial dish.  I went a bit more sweet over savory with this one with the addition of fruit.  Feel free to add.. well.. anything you want!  lol.

Seriously though, I’ve been a huge advocate of quinoa for years thanks to its (a) health benefits, (b) versatility, (c) quick cooking-ness, (d) yumminess.  I saw this article a few months ago on the uncertain sustainability of quinoa; the future of which could depend on diversifying where this beautiful crop is grown (i.e. outside of Bolivia).  Just some ‘food for thought’ worth sharing as we start to hear more about this topic.



  • Tri-Color Quinoa (1 cup)
  • Carrot Greens (Bunch)
  • Raw Sliced Almonds (Handful)
  • Red Seedless Grapes (Handful)
  • Orange (1)
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt + Pepper


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package.
  2. Roughly chop up the carrot greens and sauté in a pan with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt + pepper.  Cook until wilted.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cooked quinoa with sautéed carrot greens, raw sliced almonds, red seedless grapes, and orange slices.  Season with salt + pepper (as needed) and mix well until fully combined.

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