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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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry skillet over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool.

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  • In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, water and salt. Bring to a 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

147.3 calories; 5.9 g protein; 21.4 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 74.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2009
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/30/2010
Not my favorite - made the recipe as is - too lemony for my tastes. Very acidy - felt like I was missing something. Read More
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228 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 76
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2009
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. Read More
(98)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2008
I made this recipe as a side dish and it turned out great. Loved the crunchy texture and the bright lemony taste. The next day I added a little olive oil to the cold leftovers and that was my lunch. One thing I did do after reading several articles on quinoa was rinse it thoroughly before cooking it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2009
This was a delicious recipe! I didn't have any pine nuts so I used some slivered almonds instead. I also left out the parsley because I didn't have that either! Even with these changes the quinoa turned out great and was very tasty. Thanks for the recipe; I will be making it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2008
I loved this dish.....I did omit the celery and pine nuts since I didnt have any on hand...I did sautee the red onion garlic and a diced zucchini and added that to the cooked quinoa. Loved the lemon juice flavor and enhanced that by adding the zest of a lemon as well. Very fresh tasting. Very healthy. Will make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2009
This was the first time I prepared quinoa and I won't be looking for other recipes... I did make some changes to the recipe that I will use the next time: I sauteed the vegetables (used a shredded zucchini in addition to the onion) added curry in addition to cumin (actually by accident - I grabbed the wrong "c" spice and it was added before I realized it) and used slivered almonds (that I browned in butter) in place of the pine nuts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
Now this is some pretty good stuff!!! I love the flavour of the lemon mixed with the spicyness of the cayenne pepper! I threw in some dried cranberries for good measure too - awesome meal! Thanks for the recipe! A definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2008
I loved this recipe. Healthy and delicious. I added the veggies and spices while it was still in the pot. Didn't have pine nuts so used toasted pumpkin seeds. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/30/2010
Not my favorite - made the recipe as is - too lemony for my tastes. Very acidy - felt like I was missing something. Read More
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