nutritional information

Per Serving (2 cups arugula and 1 cup pilaf):

  • Calories: 481
  • Protein: 19 g
  • Total Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 68 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 161 mg
  • Fiber: 14 g
  • Sugar: 14 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf over Wilted Arugula

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

Preparing this pilaf in a skillet rather than a saucepan guarantees the quinoa and legumes cook evenly. Dried currants and balsamic vinegar give the meal a hint of sweet-and-sour flavor.
  • 2 ½Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 6 green onions, sliced (1 cup), divided
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 ¼ cups green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbs. pine nuts
  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • ¼ cup dried currants, divided
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

1. Heat 1 Tbs. olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup green onions; sauté 2 minutes. Add broth, lentils, 
and quinoa; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and let rest, covered, 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, toast pine nuts in small skillet over low heat 3 minutes.

3. Toss arugula with 2 Tbs. currants, 1 1/2 Tbs. toasted pine nuts, balsamic vinegar, and remaining 1 1/2 Tbs. oil in bowl. Serve lentil mixture over arugula mixture sprinkled with remaining green onions, currants, and pine nuts.

March 2012 p.36

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I have been making this a lot lately. Its so simple and can be tweaked. You can change the type of quinoa or lentils. Sometimes I add chickpeas to the lentils and quinoa and in that case usually omit the pine nuts. The dried currants are really important though!

Kelly - 2012-10-27 18:34:14

Substituted untoasted hemp nuts for pine nuts and dried cranberries for the currents. Added a bit of nutritional yeast in the dressing for the arugula. Delish! So simple and soooo tasty. Thanks for the recipe! I loved it!

Deb - 2012-09-21 23:38:48

This is delicious!

Bob - 2012-07-07 13:07:09

This was fantastic! So simple to make on a week night and yet so tasty! The whole family loved it! I will definately be making this again.

Amanda - 2012-04-27 15:54:49


Peggy Jopling - 2012-04-22 15:06:09