Lemony Quinoa

    25 min

    Quinoa is a high-protein, good for you grain; it can be substituted for couscous and makes a lovely side dish. This recipe is a crunchy, lemony, healthy dish that can be used as a side or as a light meal.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 4 tablespoons pine nuts
    • 170g quinoa
    • 475ml water
    • sea salt to taste
    • 60ml fresh lemon juice
    • 2 sticks celery, chopped
    • 1/4 red onion, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry frying pan over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they burn easily. Set aside to cool.
    2. In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, water and salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then fluff with a fork.
    3. Transfer the quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the pine nuts, lemon juice, celery, onion, cayenne pepper, cumin and parsley. Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.

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    I was unsure about the onion & celery being uncooked in this dish but made for a healthy dinner party with crab cakes and red pepper sauce. Perfect together and the quinoa was delicious and vegetable crunchy. I introduced quinoa to friends with this dish and they loved it. When serving, I packed it in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and it stayed molded on the plate. I topped it with a stem of rosemary and it was pretty and tasted wonderful. Nice side dish.  -  13 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Yummy! I boiled my quinoa in stock, and found it a bit too intensely flavoured. Next time I'll use 1/2 water and 1/2 stock. I added chopped red pepper and cucumber as well as the zest of the lemon I squeezed. Very yummy salad, thanks for the recipe!  -  03 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good side dish. When I make it again, I'll add the spices to the water so the flavour blends into the grain, and since I'm not vegetarian, I'll use chicken stalk to increase the flavour. I don't like pine nuts & substituted whole cashews. I sauted the veggies & cashews in a little olive oil for a nice hot supper for myself while the family is away.  -  18 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)