Red quinoa with parsley and pine nuts

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
26 min
6 min
10 min
Quinoa has risen to star power. High in protein and fiber, it has a nutty flavor and invitingly chewy texture. We love using it in the place of any grain. Because its natural outer coating has a bitter flavor, always rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear unless it says "prerinsed" on the package. In this recipe, the quinoa is complemented with white wine vinegar, olive oil, lots of fresh parsley, and toasted pine nuts. It's great as a side dish to any entrée, or you can serve on its own with a simply dressed salad alongside.



2 cup(s)

Uncooked quinoa

1 cup(s), red variety

Table salt

½ tsp, or to taste

White wine vinegar

1½ Tbsp

Extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Fresh parsley

cup(s), flat-leaf, chopped

Pine nuts

3 Tbsp, toasted


  1. Bring water to boil in small saucepan; stir in quinoa and salt. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes Remove saucepan from heat and let stand 5 minutes; fluff with fork.
  2. Whisk together vinegar, oil, and pepper in serving bowl. Add quinoa, parsley, and pine nuts and toss until mixed well. Taste and season with additional salt, if needed.
  3. Per serving: generous 1/2 cup