One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

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recipe by Kamran Siddiqi

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based on 2 ratings

This recipe comes together in no time. It’s light and simple. Go for a nice extra virgin olive oil if you haven’t any walnut oil. The meyer lemon is a nice addition, but if you haven’t one on hand – a good ol’ fashioned lemon will work in a jiffy. Feta would work nicely here, and if you're not into that or goat cheese, farmer cheese would work well here too.

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recipe updated Mar 19, 2020


  • Water icon
    2 cups (about 480 g)
  • Salt icon
    1 tsp (about 6 g)
  • Quinoa icon
    1 cup (about 172.8 g)
  • Kale icon
    1 (about 170 g)
  • Lemon icon
    ½ (about 29 g)
  • Lemon icon
    1 (about 58 g)
  • Scallion icon
    2 (about 30 g)
  • Pine nuts icon
    Pine nuts
    3 tbsp (about 25.65 g)
  • Hard goat cheese icon
    Hard goat cheese
    ¼ cup (about 60 g)
  • Walnut oil icon
    Walnut oil
    1 tbsp (about 13.8 g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Add water and salt to a clean large saucepan
  2. Boil
  3. Add quinoa to the large saucepan
  4. Cover then reduce heat
  5. Simmer - 10 min
  6. Add kale to the large saucepan
  7. Cover then reduce heat
  8. Simmer and turn off heat - 5 min
  9. Let rest - 5 min
  10. Add lemon, lemon, scallion, pine nuts, hard goat cheese and walnut oil to a clean large mixing bowl
  11. Combine
  12. Transfer vegetables to dressing
  13. Toss until combined
  14. Add salt & pepper and lemon to the dressing
  15. Serve
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