Delicious Wild Rice-Quinoa Pilaf Recipe to Boost Energy

Hey there foodies, Chef Ehud here! Buckle up and get ready to indulge in a tantalizing wild rice-quinoa pilaf recipe. I am thrilled to share my favorite recipe with all of you. This dish is absolutely delectable; it’s a perfect fusion of flavors, textures, and colors.

Wild rice and quinoa are two superfoods that come together in this hearty pilaf to create a complete protein-packed meal that you won’t be able to resist. This dish is perfect for a wholesome family meal, special occasions or dinner parties. You can also enjoy it as your go-to side dish!

At the heart of this recipe lies the savory vegetable broth. The broth mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper makes for an extraordinary blend of rich flavors. It goes without saying that the aroma that emanates from the kitchen whileyou are cooking this dish will leave your mouth watering.

This pilaf is an ultimate comfort-food during winter- a steaming pot on the stove on a cold night is heavenly. With ingredients including chopped onions, crunchy celery stalks, and nutty pistachio nuts, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with this recipe.

So grab your utensils and let’s dive into this incredible wild rice-quinoa pilaf recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wild Rice - Quinoa Pilaf
Wild Rice – Quinoa Pilaf

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy side dish that will impress your taste buds and satisfy your cravings? Look no further! The Wild Rice – Quinoa Pilaf Recipe is here to steal the show and become your new favorite dish!

This recipe is packed with nutritious ingredients that will provide your body with a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The combination of wild rice and quinoa creates a unique texture and flavor that will elevate any meal to the next level.

Not only is this recipe good for you, but it’s also easy to make. With just a few simple steps, you can have a mouth-watering dish ready in no time. Plus, the ingredients are easily accessible in most grocery stores, so you won’t have to worry about making a market run.

When it comes to versatility, nothing beats the Wild Rice – Quinoa Pilaf Recipe. You can customize it according to your taste and preference by adding different vegetables, nuts, or spices. It’s also gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly – making it an ideal dish for everyone around the table.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether it’s a casual weeknight dinner or a fancy holiday meal – it’s sure to impress. Plus, it pairs well with many other dishes like roasted chicken, grilled fish or vegetables.

Overall, the Wild Rice – Quinoa Pilaf Recipe is one of the best side dishes out there! It’s nutritious, delicious, easy to make, versatile, and suitable for any occasion. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try and get ready to fall in love with this amazing recipe!

Ingredient List

 A rainbow of flavors in one dish.
A rainbow of flavors in one dish.

Here is everything you’ll need to make this flavorful Wild Rice-Quinoa Pilaf Recipe:


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional Add-ins:

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion

The Recipe How-To

 Perfectly toasted wild rice and quinoa, ready to be mixed.
Perfectly toasted wild rice and quinoa, ready to be mixed.

Now comes the fun part, let’s get started with the recipe. Here’s how to make a delicious Wild Rice- Quinoa Pilaf in few simple steps:

Step 1: Cook Wild Rice and Quinoa

  • In a saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth and 1/2 cup water to boil over high heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup wild rice to the pan and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through.
  • In another saucepan over medium-high heat, add 2 cups water, 1 cup quinoa and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.

Step 2: Sauté Vegetables

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add in 1 diced onion, 2 chopped celery stalks and sauté for about two minutes until tender.

Step 3: Combine Wild Rice and Quinoa Mixture with Sautéed Vegetables

  • Pour the cooked wild rice into the skillet with the vegetables. Also add 3 cups vegetable broth.
  • Increase heat to high and bring it to boil.
  • Once boiling reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
  • Cook for about an hour then stir in the cooked quinoa.

Step 4: Add Pecans, Green Onion and Serve

  • Remove from heat then add in 1/4 cup toasted pecans and chopped green onions as a topping.
  • Your delicious Wild Rice – Quinoa Pilaf is ready! Buen provecho!

Now that you’ve got the recipe how-to down pat, we can move on to section five of this recipe article where I’ll give you some suggestions for substitutions and variations.

Substitutions and Variations

 Nutrient-dense blend of wild rice and protein-packed quinoa.
Nutrient-dense blend of wild rice and protein-packed quinoa.

Feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Why not try out some substitutions and variations to this already amazing Wild Rice-Quinoa Pilaf Recipe! Here are some ideas:

– Instead of using vegetable broth, you can use chicken or beef broth for a richer taste.

– Not a fan of pistachio nuts? Try using almonds, cashews, or pine nuts instead for a different flavor and texture.

– For a heartier dish, add in some diced cooked chicken or turkey to the recipe.

– Want to make this dish vegan? Substitute the canola oil with olive oil, and swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

– Add in some chopped Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, dried cranberries, or brown rice for some extra nutrients and colors.

– Spice up your pilaf by adding red pepper flakes or green chilies to your liking.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this quinoa pilaf recipe! The possibilities are endless, and you may discover new favorite combinations.

Serving and Pairing

 Aromatic vegetables to add a tantalizing flavor.
Aromatic vegetables to add a tantalizing flavor.

Now that you’ve prepared this delectable wild rice-quinoa pilaf, it’s time to think about serving and pairing. This dish is a real crowd-pleaser, perfect as a side dish or main meal with the addition of some protein.

When it comes to serving this dish, I like to present it in a large, shallow platter or bowl so that everyone can see the colorful and nutty flavors that await them. You can also sprinkle some chopped green onions on top for an added burst of flavor and color.

As for pairing, this wild rice-quinoa pilaf pairs well with many different types of dishes. It can be served alongside roasted chicken, grilled fish, or seared tofu for a protein-packed and filling meal. Additionally, it makes for an excellent vegetarian option when paired with some roasted vegetables or a salad on the side.

If you’re looking for something a bit more indulgent, try serving this dish alongside some steak or pork chops for a hearty and satisfying meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and blissfully full. Alternatively, pair it with a light dressing or sauce for a refreshing and healthy quinoa salad.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this wild rice-quinoa pilaf recipe, one thing is for certain — it’s sure to impress your family and guests alike. So go ahead, take a bite and savor all the delicious flavors of this hearty side dish!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A healthy and satisfying pilaf to serve the whole family.
A healthy and satisfying pilaf to serve the whole family.

This wild rice-quinoa pilaf recipe is a fantastic dish to make-ahead, as it stores well and reheats beautifully. You’ll be happy to know that you can make it up to 2 days ahead of time and expect the same delicious results as if you just made it fresh.

To store your pilaf, simply transfer it to an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to reheat, you have two options: microwave or stovetop.

If you’re using a microwave, make sure the pilaf is well covered with a lid or plastic wrap. Reheat on high for 1-2 minutes until steamy hot. Stir well before serving.

If you prefer using the stovetop method, add a few tablespoons of vegetable broth or water to the leftover pilaf in a saucepan and reheat over medium heat. Stir occasionally and cook until heated throughout, around 8-10 minutes.

Believe me when I say that this dish tastes even better the next day as all the flavors have had time to meld together. So treat yourself to a warm and comforting meal with minimal effort by making this healthy wild rice-quinoa pilaf ahead of time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A symphony of textures in every spoonful.
A symphony of textures in every spoonful.

Now, let’s dive into some tips that will ensure perfect results with this wild rice-quinoa pilaf recipe.

1. Use a large saucepan or stockpot to cook the grains

When cooking grains like wild rice and quinoa, it’s important to use a pot or saucepan that is large enough to accommodate them without overcrowding. This will allow the grains to cook evenly and absorb the broth and flavors properly.

2. Rinsing the grains before cooking them is crucial

Before preparing the grains, rinse them thoroughly under cold running water to remove any excess starch or debris. This will ensure that the grains are clean and will not become overly starchy during cooking.

3. Always toast the nuts before adding them to the pilaf

Toasting nuts like pistachios adds depth of flavor and crunch to the dish. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the nuts, stirring occasionally until lightly golden and fragrant.

4. Add your choice of vegetables for added nutritional value

For a healthier version of this dish, add in some vegetables such as finely diced carrots, celery, zucchini, red peppers or even butternut squash to increase its fiber content and deliciousness.

5. Cook on low heat for mouth-watering results

Cooking low and slow can help ensure perfectly cooked pilaf. So set your heat on medium-low so as not to get in a rush and let everything simmer until softened before increasing heat slightly.

Remember that you can always use this recipe as a blueprint for creating your own unique twists on a wild rice-quinoa pilaf. Let creativity be your guide!

Bottom Line

this article, we have shared with you an amazing recipe for Wild Rice – Quinoa Pilaf. Not only is this recipe delicious and easy to make, it is also extremely healthy and nutritious. With the combination of wild rice and quinoa, this pilaf is packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal, or even a main dish on its own.

We hope you enjoyed reading through the different sections of this recipe article, from the ingredient list to the substitutions and variations. As a professional chef, I always strive to share my best tips and tricks for perfect results when making my recipes. So please be sure to read through our tips section and FAQ section to learn more.

In conclusion, I believe that this Wild Rice – Quinoa Pilaf recipe is one of the best wild rice quinoa pilaf recipes out there. It’s savory, flavorful, and a true crowd-pleaser. Whether you want to serve it as a side dish for your next family dinner or as a main dish at your Thanksgiving dinner party, this recipe will not disappoint.

So go ahead, try out this recipe for yourself and see why everyone who tries it falls in love with it. And don’t forget to come back here in the future for more delicious and healthy recipe ideas from yours truly!

Wild Rice - Quinoa Pilaf

Wild Rice - Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

This is a very good side dish to serve with fish or poultry. Adding some chopped red and/or green pepper would probably go nicely also.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy
Calories 171.2 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nut
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • salt and pepper


  • Saute onion and celery in oil 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Stir in the nuts and quinoa and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Stir in wild rice. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until hot.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 46gCalories: 171.2kcalCarbohydrates: 25.8gProtein: 5.6gFat: 5.5gSaturated Fat: 0.6gCholesterol: 0.9mgSodium: 312.3mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Grains, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Rice
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