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quinoa pilaf with miso dressing

Quinoa Pilaf With Miso Dressing

Keri Bevan
This quinoa pilaf is packed with garlicky roasted chickpeas and cauliflower, grated carrots and loads of fresh herbs. It's protein-rich, gluten free and packed full of nutrition. Topped with a citrus miso dressing that brightens up the earthy flavors of the roasted veg, it makes the perfect lunch or dinner.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4
Calories 452 kcal


For The Quinoa Pilaf

  • 1 cup quinoa dry
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 cup parsley finely chopped

For The Citrus Miso Dressing

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 inch piece ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice *approximately one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup water or more depending on desired consistency


To Make The Quinoa Pilaf

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Place the cauliflower, chickpeas, olive oil and garlic in a large bag. Shake to mix and pour out onto a parchment lined baking tray. Sprinkle with sea salt and grind the black pepper over everything.  Roast in the oven for 25 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Rinse the quinoa and put it in a medium sized saucepan with 2 cups of water (480 ml). Simmer gently with the lid off for 10-15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and cover for 5 minutes to allow the quinoa to steam.
  • Grate the carrots and chop the parsley.

To Make The Citrus Miso Dressing

  • Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Add more water if you want a thinner sauce.

Assemble The Bowl

  • Divide the quinoa between 4 bowls and top with roasted veg and chickpeas. Drizzle with miso dressing.


Calories: 452kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 14gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 661mgPotassium: 909mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1287IUVitamin C: 94mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 5mg
Keyword buddha bowl
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