Curried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netCurried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa

Pomegranate seeds are one of my favorite winter ingredients. I love them in salads, cereal, oatmeal, sauce, you name it. Now that spring is just around the corner I’m trying to use them while I can. I bought some pomegranates the other day not knowing exactly what my plan was for them. I stared aimlessly into the pantry and came upon leftover pistachios from my pistachio cardamom hot chocolate. Inspiration struck! The tart sweet seeds would contrast perfectly against the earthy crunchy nuts, both in flavor and color. So here we are.

This salad is healthy, fast and full of flavor and texture. It’s naturally vegetarian and gluten-free (it can also be made vegan by swapping the honey for light agave nectar).

Curried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa ~ Savory Simple ~


Curried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa
Serves: 2 servings
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup toasted pistachios, chopped
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey, lemon juice, curry powder, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Add the quinoa and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Stir in the pistachios, pomegranate seeds and green onions.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Use light agave nectar instead of honey for a vegan version of this dish.


More quinoa recipes

Savory Simple – Quinoa, Apple and Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette
Gluten-Free Goddess – Quinoa with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Leeks and Slivered Almonds
Baker By Nature – Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
Kate From Scratch – Savory Pumpkin Quinoa Cakes
Free Eats – Gluten-Free Millet-Quinoa Tortillas
Hidden Ponies – Peppery Chicken Quinoa

  • Marta

    I like quinoa so much, it’s healthy and we can mix it with so many ingredients. Adding pistachios to it is a yummy idea.

    • Jennifer Farley

      There are so many things you can do with it!

  • Anne

    Holy Quinoa this looks delicious! I still have some left over quinoa that I didn’t know what to do with and this looks perfect.

  • Heidi

    I love these ruby jewels too, sorry to know the little buggers will soon be out of season.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I comfort myself by thinking about asparagus.

  • Chung-Ah

    So I just had pomegranate seeds for the first time last weekend. No joke. I’m not completely over the moon about it but I’m growing to love it!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Did you have them plain? They’re not very exciting by themselves but they really brighten up a dish

  • Michelle

    I love pomegranate seeds, yet don’t eat them that often. I love this recipe idea–quinoa and pistachios are two foods I always have on hand. Now I just need to get my hands on those seeds!!

  • Little Kitchie

    This looks great – fabulous colors and flavor combo!

    P.S. I made the vegan mac w/chorizo for my husband last night and he didn’t bat an eye! I told him about 1/2 way through the meal that it was vegan, ha! It was a hit!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m so happy he liked it! Yay!

  • Joanne

    Cool! I need more ways to cook quinoa, and next time I’m going to try this curry themed preparation!

  • Bill Peeler

    This looks delicious! And, even though I’m not vegan, I still like the idea of using agave nectar. Thanks for sharing such a creative dish!

  • Erin

    Yes healthy, yes flavor combo, but you forgot to mention that this salad is beautiful! Stunning pics Jen!

  • Kate

    That is one gorgeous salad. And another quinoa idea to add to my repertoire!! :) I love the photos!!

  • Caroline

    Oh wow…this looks like my kind of quinoa! I am going to try to make this one night soon…I know my family would love it. Really gorgeous photos!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks so much, Caroline!

  • Erika

    Beautiful pics!! Love this recipe idea…

  • kristy

    This looks SO GOOD!! What great flavors and so healthy!!

  • simmy

    It’s very delicious

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Simmy!

  • Grubarazzi (

    This a really beautiful combination of ingredients! I will certainly try this soon.

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking}

    Such amazing flavors! I could eat quinoa every day of my life…. and I almost do! Gotta try this. :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    These flavors together are perfection – I think this could make me a quinoa eater :).

  • kirsten

    I like the combo of sweet and savory you’ve come up with here. Not to mention how gorgeous it looks. I think it’d be great with farro or barley or rice too, since I don’t have any quinoa on hand.

  • Olga

    LOVE your photos. Also, love pomegranates and pistachios: great combo.

  • Rachel

    Stunning photos :)

  • Cozinhar sem lactose

    What a stunning salad!

  • Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

    This just sounds fantastic – and your photos are just STUNNING my dear!

  • Kiersten

    I wish I could find pomegranates here still–they are gone everywhere I look, which makes me so sad. I’ll be saving this recipe for next fall, though!

  • Laura

    I love pomegranate seeds as garnish. So gorgeous and tasty!

  • Valerie

    What a creative way to use pomegranate seeds! (I usually just toss them into yoghurt.) :)

  • sally

    Now THIS is a quinoa recipe I’ve got to make Jen! So many things to love about it. I love pomegranates :)

  • Laura Dembowski

    Your last quinoa recipe made me fall in love with it. Love the idea of using coconut oil. I sometimes add turmeric but curry sounfs good too. I can’t even find pomegranates around here any more.

  • Valerie

    This picture is so gorgeous I just want to dive in! Beautiful.

  • Averie

    This is such classy food! Just the title, Jen, is awesome and the pics, even better. Sure beats some Puppy Chow or Dump Cakes :) I’d love to dive in!

  • Jen L

    I’ve recently stopped eating quinoa because this grain / seed is a no-no for cancer recovery patients :( No, I don’t have cancer, but my father and sis-in-law did, now in remission (and I plan their meals for them – but I also eat like them / with them). The “cancer diet” does not recomment any wheat or grain (including quinoa) because cancerous cells feed on sugars from carbs. Unfrotunately for quinoa, it has high glycemic index, so also a no-go also for diabetics :( BUT I have no condition or illness whatsoever (that I know of for now), so I’ve had quinoa before and it is a magnificent food! And you’ve made it a lot more appetizing with super pomegranate and pistachios! Sort of like a South America-meets-Middle East type of dish…I LIKE!!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Wow, Jen, I had no idea! That’s really useful information to keep on hand.

  • Sommer

    Oh girl, your photos here are soooo enticing!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you, Sommer!! :D

  • Carol

    I love every lovely ingredient in this! A must try! Beautiful, Jen!

  • Jackie

    Can we just talk for a second about how your photos are rapidly becoming my favorite food photos in the world right now? Seriously, I want to live in your pictures.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m blushing!

  • Melissa

    This recipe sounds delish! I has all of my favorite foods wrapped up in one yummy bowl. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  • Jennifer

    Wow, this is STUNNING!

  • Kelly

    What a gorgeous dish, I LOVE quinoa and this combination sounds amazing! :)

  • Aggie

    I’ve been seeing lots of yummy curry dishes lately, loving yours with the burst of fresh pomegranate!! Your photos are gorgeous.

  • Sasha

    Good idea. Quinoa is such a bland ingredient by itself but it’s very receptive to bold flavors.

  • ashley – baker by nature

    Gah! Love every-single-part of this post! Perfection, Jen.

  • Riley

    Hi Jen! I just went through like a dozen pages of your recipes because I haven’t had a chance to stop by in a while! I’m adding this quinoa to my dinner list for this week. Those pictures just look too scrumptious to pass up!

  • Monet

    What a great dish! I love quinoa, and I’m always looking for new ways to spice it up. They bowls look just delicious (no surprise) and I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a bright and happy weekend!

  • Tracy

    This is such a lovely salad!

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    I love seeing new ways to use quinoa, such a versatile ingredient! This looks absolutely delicious :)

  • Terris | Free Eats

    I’ve been making quinoa a lot lately so I’m always happy for the inspiration. The pomegranate must add little bursts of brightness with the curry powder. Love the sound of that combo!

  • Jenny @ BAKE

    what an incredible combination of flavours! and the colours look so pretty together!

  • Kristi Rimkus

    What a totally creative recipe for quinoa. Love it!

  • Kristi Rimkus

    What a totally creative recipe for quinoa. Love it!

  • Lotus

    I was thinking of putting curry with pomegranate seeds but wasn’t sure if the palette would work. This looks great! Will definitely try it next time.

  • Amber

    This looks delicious!! It’s just the pomegranate side I’ve been looking for!!

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