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Lemon quinoa in a bowl with a serving spoon.

Herby Lemon Quinoa

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 17-20 minutes
  • Yield: Serve 4
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan


The citrus, parsley and toasted pine nuts in this herby lemon quinoa make it an easy all-purpose side dish that goes with lots of different mains.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 13/4 cups water
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, cumin, salt and pepper until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the quinoa and toast for 2 minutes. Pour in the water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer on low for 12-15 minutes until the quinoa is cooked, and the water has been absorbed.
  3. Remove the quinoa from the heat. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Then fluff with a fork and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley and pine nuts.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave as desired or enjoy cold in a grain salad.

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