Can you tell I’m excited for Vidalia onion season?

I’m already half way through a large bag of those sweet onions and I can’t wait to share this pineapple recipe with you.

I wanted something sweet- because Vidalia’s are naturally sweet so I thought I’d toss in a few pineapple chunks along with my favorite protein power-house, quinoa.

I’ll allow you to make this dish on a weeknight to try it out because you’re gunna wanna make it again this weekend for that neighborhood BBQ that you’re headed to. I know you were asked to bring a side dish and you have NO idea what to bring, right?

Well, I just solved that little dilemma.

I’m gunna be a lady of few words on this sunny day because, really….this recipe doesn’t need a lot of explanation. It’s quick n’ easy and can be whipped up in less than 20 minutes. Plus, I know y’all love quinoa so I don’t know what can be said to brag about it any more, hehe.

Pineapple? Yes. It is delicious and it makes this dish a winner. I’d prefer you purchase a fresh pineapple and chop it on up but you can always purchase the freshly cut cubes that sit so pretty in the clear containers near your produce section. They’re a bit more expensive, but they’ll do the job if you are short on time and rushing to your picnic.

I like to eat this easy vegetarian recipe for lunch and dinner (and it’s actually pretty gosh darn good for breakfast too- minus the scallions). I wouldn’t say I’m a quinoa pro but I’m pretty confident here that the technique of combining sweet Vidalia’s with pretty pineapple and fluffy quinoa on the stove top is gunna blow your mind.

Just make it.

Pineapple Quinoa with Scallions & Vidalia Onions
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 large Vidalia onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. finely ground black pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, combine quinoa and broth; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the cooked quinoa; gently toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Quinoa with Scallions & Vidalia Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 491mg21%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 649IU13%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. For some who prefer apple cider vinegar, would it be fine to replace balsamic vinegar with it?

  2. This looks delish and summertime fresh!!! I would love to,win the ninja to make amazing summertime soups too!!! Thank up for all the great giveaways and amazing recipes!!!!!

  3. Great recipe. My only concern is that according to fruit combining fruits should always be eaten separately from proteins, grains, and vegetables, since they digest so quickly. Any thoughts on that?

    1. My opinion is that it is highly individual. Pineapple is also known for its digestive enzymes which help tame upset tummies and digest food

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  5. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I will definitely be trying this very soon. I am a vegetarian and always looking for new recipes, especially ones that satisfy my sweet tooth. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe looks yummy!!!! I look forward to making it for our twins! I just love your site!! Thank you for the opportunity to win the Ninja!!

  7. This looks wonderful! I’m always looking for refreshing and light summer recipes- thank you!

  8. Love vidalia onions especially sauteed with bell peppers and chicken! I wish I could get my family to eat quinoa though. I guess I am making it all wrong–too mushy.

  9. Would LOVE to win a Ninja. I always have good intentions to make a green smoothie in the morning, but my blender is not efficient nor easy to clean. Winning this would be a game changer!

  10. 5 stars
    Mmm! Sounds good. Gonna give this a try later this week..

    PS- Would love to win the Ninja. Would be a great addition to my new apartment! 🙂

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    Just found your web site-I am enjoying reviewing all your recipes and would love winning the Ninja to use in my kitchen.

  13. This sounds so good. I just asked my husband if he thought it sounded good and he said I’m not sure. I would have to try it. Sooooo……next grocery trip I will be getting the ingredients for this. :). I hope he likes it!!

  14. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I am looking for new ideas for my husband lunch to go. This sounds like easy for that. I hope to win the Ninja. I need tools to make it easier. Thank you!

  15. I’ve never been a big fan of onions, but your recipes have been pretty dang tasty, so I’m thinking I gotta try this! Plus, I love me some pineapple!

  16. That sounds great and the ninja would make short work of chopping everything up too!

  17. 5 stars
    This looks yummy and I can’t wait to try it! This brings back memories of the first time I tried a vidalia onion. I was just a kid and my Mom gave me a raw slice. I munched on it like a piece of apple or celery, it was so sweet and good. So grateful when they are in season! Thank you for the recipe and for the memories! And for the chance to win a Ninja 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    this looks ahhmazing! thanks for the recipes, ideas and chances in giveaways! I need that ninja! haha

  19. Thanks for another great recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the chance to win the Ninja, too.

  20. This recipe has come in just in time for the family 4th of July picnic. Would you recommend toasting the pine nuts? Thanks for the recipe!

  21. 4 stars
    Looks delicious. Also, I would love to win the giveaway. As a single mom schoolteacher with 2 little kids, getting out the door is such a struggle! Smoothies would be an awesome alternative to the usual portable meals, and my current blender can’t handle ice.

  22. What an interesting combination of flavors! I love vidalias, and can’t wait to try them with pineapple!

  23. Yum! I love the idea of the pineapple with the quinoa. So summery. The pine nuts sounds perfect with this. Can’t wait to try this dish. Thanks Amie 🙂

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    I am still addicted to your quinoa crispy bites recipe. Can’t wait to try this one.

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  26. 5 stars
    This looks so yummy and sounds so refreshing esp. because I love love love pineapple! Quinoa is soo good for you, and I am always wondering how I can make healthy food yummy. I have a hard time coming up with combinations that add variety. This is why I love this site!

  27. Fresh pineapple is good and quinoa is good. Together should be good too. 🙂 I tend to spice up my quinoa with some type of pepper seasoning and enjoy it best that way, and you’ve added that with the red pepper! I recently went to veggie broth too and notice that has a definite taste change to quinoa and I’m not sure if I’ll stay with it. I almost think of this recipe as a salad or dessert…. Thanks for the next dish to try!

    And for the Ninja. Yep, I’m in line to win. No kidding, I was up early today doing my cross training (stationary bike) and watched this product on an info-mercial. I wondered then if I would venture to bread making. It seems so easy. 🙂

  28. Mmmm I love stuff with pineapple in the summer! I bet grilling the pineapple first would add some great flavor! Your recipes always look so beautiful!

  29. Everytime I see a post of yours I’m instantly hungry!!! Such yummy recipes!

  30. This looks and sounds delish! I’ve never made anything with quinoa – I know I need to!!

  31. Looks good. I’ve been wanting to make quinoa, but I didn’t know what to do with it. I’d love to win the ninja to make a nice smoothie to go along with this. Thanks!

  32. Omg looks great and I love pineapple. It would be a blessing to win that ninja for my family. Making healthier food choices!

  33. Looks so good! (and a Ninja could help prep 🙂 )! It is hard to find fresh pineapple here in the boonies. Could you use canned organic?

  34. This dish looks all kinds of exciting! I bet it smells amazing while it’s cooking too. I’ve never used Vidalia Onions much, except for when cooking steaks. I’m certainly going to have to try this recipe. 🙂

  35. Looks delicious! I love quinoa! Just made a big batch of quinoa yesterday with parsley, bell pepper, onion and a balsamic dressing. Looking forward to trying your recipe!

  36. I would love to win the Ninja! Love your contests! Thanks for posting a recipe with pineapple and parsley in it. Anyone who juices knows how awesome parsley is, and pineapple just makes everything yummy and more digestible, too.

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    Yum – a new option for my favorite grain -quinoa. Thanks to Pinterest and Facebook for helping me find your blog.

  38. This looks delicious! I will have to serve this this summer. A Ninja would make my life so much easier as we have to make everything from scratch due to my 2-year-old daughter’s 50 food intolerances! The bender we have now is just not up to task 🙁

  39. I LOVE quinoa! Adding pineapple and onions make the dish look super yummy. I also really enjoy following you blog via Facebook 🙂 #giveaway

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    I am so happy I found this site! I bought this big batch of quinoa, and now I am searching high and low for some fun recipes my entire family would like, only to find that quinoa really does make a versatile ingredient!! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  41. I would have never thought to mix fruit with quinoa! Thanks for the recipe and the Ninja giveaway.

  42. A little scary for me because although I like pineapple, it is not my absolute favorite, & I have a preference for savory over sweet. But I am trying many new things since embarking on a mission to improve my health. #giveaway

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    Nom nom! I think I could eat this day and night! Would love a Ninja system, too! #giveaway

  44. Beautiful photos. Definitely want to give this recipe a go. I’ll be trying your other recipes too if I win the ninja 🙂

  45. I would totally make this but leave out the pineapple. Maybe use cherry tomatoes instead?…

  46. Looks so yummy 🙂 I love quinoa salads and had not thought to add pineapple to it, how refreshing! I would also love the Ninja, I’ve been wanting one for a few years!

  47. Not a huge pineapple fan, but hey – it’s summer so i’m living on cold grain based salads, and i’ll try anything once!

  48. Thank you for the great giveaway! I commented on another blog post some time back, but I wanted to make sure my entry was counted. I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to keep commenting on the new posts. 🙂

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  51. Oh, yum! I think I might just make this tomorrow when I work from home.

    PS I can’t wait to see you next month!

  52. 3 stars
    I’d love to be able to use quinoa as a substitute in a lot of recipes but I can’t seem to get down the method of getting rid of that outer layer of bitter stuff correctly. If I use a mesh strainer, the quinoa just sticks to it like rice. 🙁 Also I’d love a foodninja from the giveaway. 😉

  53. Onion and pineapple?! I’ve never thought of that combo but it sounds wonderful! I am dying to try it now 🙂

  54. I was so happy to see so many people love Vadilia onions like we do. This recipe looks mouth watering & will be served on Sundays BBQ. I’ll let you know what my peeps think

  55. Love, love, love Vidalia onions and have developed a recent craving for pineapple so I’m going to have to try this one out. Thanks for the recipe and for the chance to win the ninja!

  56. 5 stars
    This sounds amazing! I love quinoa and had some today with chickpeas, peas and corn….delicious! I will try this recipe next…thanks!

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  58. 4 stars
    I have been looking for Quinoa recipes to make… Thanks! And for the chance to win the Ninja 🙂

  59. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this. We are obsessed with all things quinoa in our house. This sounds delish!

  60. Looks wonderful to me. Have a huge bag of vidalia onions, quinoa, so grocery store stop for pineapple. YUM

  61. 5 stars
    OMG this is a serious Hawaii flashback. Sounds so delicious, I never thought of putting pineapple with quinoa! BRILLIANT yet again Amy :0

  62. So glad I saw this! We just had quinoa pizza the other night and I told my husband how I wished the pineapple was cut so I could mix some in. We’ll have to try this one. Thanks for the opp to win the Ninja!

  63. I never thought of that flavor combo! I am a quinoa fiend- I’ll try this.

  64. I stopped by the farmers market on Wednesday and picked up all the ingredients I would need to make this recipe last night. I had my brother and his girlfriend over for dinner and the two usually don’t eat very clean or healthy. They loved your recipe and it was my brothers girlfriends first time ever trying quinoa. Thanks for the great new recipe!

  65. Would love to win the Ninja blender! It would be great for a family of 12 for when we get together! Hope I’m posting it in the correct spot! 🙂

  66. 5 stars
    OMG. this looks like heaven. I’m going to make this tomorrow with some white fish. BUT I have Maui onions I am hooked on right now, which the season is almost over, I think. Maui onions are very sweet too. Gonna have to check out the vidalia onions soon, if I can find them here in California.. Maui onions can only get at farmers market here and when I got these a few weeks ago, were slim pickings.

  67. Hello! My name’s Jessica, and every week on my food blog, Floptimism, I write a post called the Weekend Wrap-Up where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved this pineapple quinoa recipe so much that I featured it on this week’s round up! I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. Thank you for such incredible work, and enjoy your weekend!

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