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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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

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

  6. 4 stars
    I have been looking for Quinoa recipes to make… Thanks! And for the chance to win the Ninja ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. Onion and pineapple?! I’ve never thought of that combo but it sounds wonderful! I am dying to try it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 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. ๐Ÿ™ Also I’d love a foodninja from the giveaway. ๐Ÿ˜‰