Lemon herb quinoa salad is a hearty side dish that's bursting with bold flavors. Parmesan, onion, and garlic pair well with bright lemon notes and herbs in this healthy flavored quinoa recipe.
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Lemon Herb Quinoa Salad

Lemon herb quinoa salad is a hearty side dish that's bursting with bold flavors. Parmesan, onion, and garlic pair well with bright lemon notes and herbs in this healthy flavored quinoa recipe.
Course Side Dish
Servings 6
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons (see note)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp diced onion
  • 2 tsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Rinse uncooked quinoa using a strainer. Add rinsed and drained quinoa and broth to a medium-sized sauce pan and stir.
  • Let broth come to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer, letting quinoa cook for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Once all of the broth has been absorbed by the quinoa, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa sit in the pot for a few additional minutes to cool off a bit and soak up any extra liquid.
  • After quinoa has cooled slightly, stir in remaining ingredients until quinoa is evenly coated. This lemon herb quinoa salad is great to eat warm, or after being chilled in the refrigerator. Garnish with extra almond slices and herbs for serving.

Notes

The two lemons I used yielded approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of zest and 1/3 cup of lemon juice.