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4 servings
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Meal Type:
Side Dishes
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Lemon Cumin Quinoa

A fragrant combination of quinoa with lemon, cumin, scallions, avocado, raisins and apricots.



  1. In a medium bowl, soak the raisins and apricots in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 2 cups water, the quinoa, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat.
  3. Cover, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is translucent and tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and turn it out on a baking sheet to cool at room temperature.
  5. Finely grate the zest from the lemon and then squeeze 1 tablespoon juice in a small bowl, whisk the lemon zest and juice with the olive oil, coriander, cumin, paprika and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  6. In a large bowl, toss the vinaigrette with the quinoa, raisins, apricots, avocado, scallions and almonds.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
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this is really a great recipe -- if you have never tried cooking with quinoa now is the time to give it a try with this delicious combination!
07 Mar 11 by member: shoobee
Fabulous recipe - ingredient list misses a couple of items, slivered almonds and cumin. So dont forget to put these on the shopping list. Felt the mixture was a bit wet even after 15 minutes evaporative cooking, put in the oven for 5 minutes uncovered to dry out a little
05 Jul 12 by member: Elegy


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Nutrition summary:

There are 347 calories in 1 serving of Lemon Cumin Quinoa.
Calorie break-down: 31% fat, 60% carbs, 8% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 116
Calories 347
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 12.88g 20%
  Saturated Fat 1.7g 8%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 2.345g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 7.421g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 598mg 25%
Potassium 860mg  
Total Carbohydrate 55.53g 19%
  Dietary Fiber 7.8g 31%
  Sugars 16.66g  
Protein 7.73g  
Vitamin A 23% Vitamin C 93%
Calcium 23% Iron 116%
of RDI*
(347 calories)
17% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (61%)
Fat (31%)
Protein (8%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories