Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions

Quinoa is tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, apples and scallions in a garlicky lemon vinaigrette to create this simple, protein-packed dish.
Quina with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions - The Lemon BowlI love quinoa because it is an affordable, plant-based source of protein that is naturally gluten free and full of fiber. That being said, until recently, I thought I hated it! As it turns out, I just didn’t know how to prepare it properly. The truth is, quinoa is extremely versatile. It is a blank canvas that can be used in soups, salads, stir-fries, desserts and more.

Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions - The Lemon BowlTo achieve quinoa nirvana, it requires a bit of doctoring. Here are my tips for creating delicious quinoa dishes:

1. Toast and Rinse Quinoa: A secret to cooking quinoa is to rinse it and lightly toast it in a little olive oil before cooking it. If you want to add even more flavor, swap out vegetable or chicken stock for water during the cooking process

2. Season Properly: Salt is your friend when it comes to cooking quinoa. Or any food from scratch for that matter. Remember, no matter how much salt you add when cooking at home you are always going to wind up with less sodium than anything you order in a restaurant or make from a box.

3. Add Texture: Quinoa can be a bit mushy on it’s own. I love combining it with various ingredients to add contrasting textures. Crunchy apples, chewy sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs all add texture to this dish.

Caprese Quinoa Salad - The Lemon BowlWant more delicious quinoa recipes? Check out these other tasty ideas:

Quinoa Granola from Gimme Some Oven
Quinoa Chili from Damn Delicious
Quinoa Caprese Salad from The Lemon Bowl
Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa from Cookin’ Canuck
Quinoa Salad with Charred Corn and Avocado from Two Peas and a Pod
Peanutty Quinoa Bowls from Oh My Veggies
Hummus Quinoa Cakes from The Lemon Bowl
Tabasco Quinoa Chicken Bake from What’s Gaby Cooking
Toasted Quinoa Chocolate Chunk Bars from Something Swanky

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Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions
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Quinoa is tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, apples and scallions in a garlicky lemon vinaigrette to create this simple, protein-packed dish.
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa - prepared according to package instructions
  • 1 apple - diced
  • 12 pieces sun-dried tomatoes - minced
  • ½ cup scallions - minced
  • ¼ cup parsley - minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. In a medium bowl, toss together cooked quinoa with diced apples, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions and parsley.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, grated garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over the quinoa mixture and toss well to combine.
  3. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 274 Fat: 9.6 g Saturated fat: .9 g Unsaturated fat: 8.7 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 40.8 g Sugar: 6.7 g Sodium: 714 mg Fiber: 5.3 g Protein: 8.1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg


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  1. says

    Hi Liz! Fellow Michigan-based food blogger (and lemon lover) just stopping by to say hello :) Great post – I was always sort of “meh” about quinoa until I learned to rinse and toast it. It really does make such a huge difference. So worth the extra effort.

  2. Anna K says

    Sounds great but could you specify “toasting”? Never
    encountered this term used this way.
    Also quinoa was getting bad press in the
    mainstream media for hiking prices so much that
    Andean farmers couldn’t afford to eat what had been
    their main staple. But I did a little digging and found a
    much more balanced piece on slate.com. Not black and
    white–the income helps them greatly as well. Sounds
    more like an economic growing pain.

  3. says

    Interesting combo! Love your secret tip for cooking quinoa. So for the link you have listed below for the Quinoa Granola, have you tried rinsing & toasting before baking or do you just leave the quinoa uncooked as it says to? I’m confused. But really want to add quinoa into my diet & I eat homemade granola everyday.

  4. says

    Wow love that combination! I am addicted to quinoa, I love the tang of sun dried tomatoes….and with apples too! Yum yum yum! You know how to work your flavors! This is wonderful! Pinning right now!


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