Basil-Infused Quinoa with Pinenuts

Serves 2

Preparation: 30 minutes (or 50 minutes if soaking quinoa)

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Basil-Infused Quinoa with Pinenuts

This is a protein-packed wonderful summer dish - serve as a salad side accompaniment or on it's own. The basil mixed through with the warm quinoa imparts fresh herb aromas and this dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!


  • 1 x cup red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or cahsews
  • 1 x tbsp olive oil or flaxseed oil
  • 1 x large handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Ideally rinse and soak quinoa for about 20 minute
  2. Strain and combine quinoa with 2 x cups of water and the sea salt and bring to boil in saucepan
  3. Reduce heat, cover, simmer for 20 minutes
  4. While quinoa cooking, heat pine nuts (or cashews) in small fry-pan (no oil), over medium heat. Toast nuts until they just start to turn golden (roughly 6 minutes). Toss pan to prevent burning!
  5. Once toasted transfer to a bowl to cool
  6. When quinoa is cooked transfer to a serving bowl and stir in the pine nut
  7. Add the olive oil (or flaxseed oil), basil and stir to combine.
  8. Serve with a sprig of basil for garnish!


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