With all this grilling we’ve been doing lately, I always like to serve lots of easy, fast side dishes. However, we were getting a little tired of rice, so one night I decided to try quinoa. You know, anything you do with rice, you can pretty much do with quinoa- that’s the beauty of it! So I decided to try simple quinoa mixed with fresh juicy pineapple and cilantro- it was a HIT! I served it alongside these pork chops and it was the perfect pairing! Such a delicious meal! The next time you find yourself in a rice rut, try this quinoa instead! Light, summery and full of flavor- a perfect Springtime side dish!

Pineapple-Cilantro Quinoa

1 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Bring the chicken broth and quinoa to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 20-30 minutes, until the quinoa is tender and has soaked up all the liquid. Stir in the pineapple and cilantro.
Serves 4.

Recipe source: Sing For Your Supper original



  1. This looks great! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


    Comment by Cassie — April 27, 2011 @ 10:02 AM

  2. I struggle with side dishes, but this looks fabulous! I might serve this alongside some enchiladas as an alternative to just rice.


    amy Reply:

    Me too, Kira! I really had a hard time trying to figure out what to serve as a side dish so often! I love quinoa because it’s totally different from rice and so easily customizable! Hope you enjoy!


    Comment by Kira — April 27, 2011 @ 10:47 AM

  3. Yum! We love adding fresh pineapple to our quinoa. So light and refreshing!


    Comment by Jey — April 27, 2011 @ 10:49 AM

  4. This sounds like the perfect light summer dish!!


    Comment by Dana — April 27, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

  5. You know I love a great quinoa recipe! I hardly ever use rice anymore since discovering quinoa. And this looks like a really tasty preparation! I can’t wait to try it!


    amy Reply:

    I don’t either! I’m a little bit obsessed with quinoa these days! I love the texture!


    Comment by Kim — April 27, 2011 @ 12:38 PM

  6. That looks amazing! I’ve developed a love affair with quinoa recently, and am excited to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by rx4foodies — April 27, 2011 @ 2:32 PM

  7. This looks wonderful! I am always looking for new ways to make quinoa.


    Comment by Chrissy — April 27, 2011 @ 2:38 PM

  8. This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new quinoa recipes.


    Comment by vinointhekitchen — April 27, 2011 @ 3:04 PM

  9. I am always looking for new ways to prepare/serve quinoa. This side dish is great idea!


    Comment by Laura — April 27, 2011 @ 8:13 PM

  10. I love quinoa! We make the Chipotle-knockoff chipotle-lime rice with quinoa. It’s so good cold the next day – this sounds like it would be really good cold the next day, too.


    Comment by Shawnda — April 29, 2011 @ 11:49 AM

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