Vegan Quinoa Pilaf Side Dish Served Chilled

Andy Anderson !


Who says that cooking vegan has to be tasteless… Well, to be honest with you that was probably me, a few years back. Unfortunately, when you cater, you get into all kinds of fun cooking situations. And you eventually “meet” people that don’t eat “meat” (pun intended).

This is a vegan dish, so there are no animal parts or byproducts involved. In my opinion, you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this tasty dish.

This can be served as a side dish, or eaten as a meal in and of itself.

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1 Hr 20 Min


No-Cook or Other


1 c
2 c
water, filtered
1/2 c
organic cucumber, diced
1/2 c
organic tomatoes, diced
1/2 c
organic carrots, match sticked
green onions, sliced (white part only)
2 Tbsp
italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp
jalapeño, dices (optional)
4 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1/5 Tbsp
lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook the quinoa in the water, according to package directions.
Chef’s Note: If you want to add a bit more flavor, substitute vegetable stock for the water, but be careful… Some off-the-shelf stocks, and broths, are not truly vegan. My favorite cubes for making a quick stock are Telma brand. Of course, if you have the time, you could always make your own vegetable stock from scratch.
Once the quinoa has cooked, remove from the heat, and allow to cool, completely.
While the quinoa is cooling, prep your remaining ingredients… Dice, Slice, match stick, and Chop.
Add all the ingredients to the cool quinoa, and toss to combine.

Chef's Note: Add the oil last, and start with 2 tablespoons, and then add the other two; one tablespoon at a time. The reason I mention this is that some people don't like that much olive oil... Remember the maxim of cooking: Taste, taste, taste.
Place in the refrigerator, covered, for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.

Serve chilled.

Chef's Note: This will serve 4 as a side dish, and 2 as a main dish.
This is an excellent side dish, to just about anything; including fish, chicken, and beef.

When I'm serving this as a main dish, I usually lay it on a bed of spinach leaves. Just to give it a bit more substance.


About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #Vegan, #quinoa, #vegeterian