Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Quinoa is tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, apples and scallions in a garlicky lemon vinaigrette to create this simple, protein-packed dish.

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I 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 Bowl

To achieve quinoa nirvana, it requires a bit of doctoring.

Frequently asked questions:

How do you make quinoa taste good?

Toast and Rinse: 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

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.

Add Texture: Quinoa can be a bit mushy on its 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.

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Want more delicious quinoa recipes? Check out these other tasty ideas:

Quinoa Caprese Salad from The Lemon Bowl
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Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions - The Lemon Bowl

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.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 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 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, toss together cooked quinoa with diced apples, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions and parsley.
  • 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.
  • Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 40.8gProtein: 8.1gFat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 714mgFiber: 5.3gSugar: 6.7g

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33 responses to “Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions”

  1. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Avatar
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Yummmmmm! I know these flavors would be a hit here, can’t wait to make this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try it!! :)

  2. Tina Muir Avatar
    Tina Muir

    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!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think – you would love this Tina!

  3. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    Wow I love this idea! Such a simple dish, but with such fantastic flavors :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know if you try it.. quinoa always needs a little doctoring in my world. :)

  4. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm Avatar
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Ooooops I left my comment in the wrong place! Eeek! But I love the tips you give too, the first time I made qunoa it was mushy and tasteless! Those are all GREAT ideas!

  5. Sarah Cruze Avatar
    Sarah Cruze

    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.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      The Quinoa Granola is not my recipe, Sarah – that comes from Ali at the incredible blog GimmeSomeOven.com – check it out!!

  6. Anna K Avatar
    Anna K

    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.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Toasting simply means lightly browning it in oil. :)

  7. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers Avatar
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I have to say oh my gosh, this looks just amazing!!! I love all of the flavors you have going on here! Beautiful salad!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It was so good Jennifer! And so easy! Great with any grain of course.

  8. EA-The Spicy RD Avatar
    EA-The Spicy RD

    I always, always, always rinse, but never tried toasting before-thanks for the tip, and for the delicious quinoa salad too!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It really does make a difference!! Thanks friend!

  9. ashley M. | Our Full Table Avatar
    ashley M. | Our Full Table

    I love quinoa! It’s one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. It’s so so versitile! Love this recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Ashley! This is perfect for leftovers!

  10. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    Quinoa is my favorite because it is so versatile! Love your tips, so smart.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I totally agree! Thanks Gaby!

  11. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons Avatar
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    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.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Lori!! Great to “meet” you!! Thanks for saying hi!!

  12. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    This looks so refreshing, Liz! My body says gimme after my weekend of gluttony!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Tell me about it sista!! xo

  13. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Avatar
    Maryea {happy healthy mama}

    What an interesting mix of flavors here. Love the creativity!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much!!

  14. Erin | The Law Student's Wife Avatar
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    Agree with everything you said about quinoa! Love the idea of apple + sundried tomato. I never would have put those two together, but it sounds fabu!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Not sure where I came up with the idea but it totally worked!

  15. Jenny Flake Avatar
    Jenny Flake

    I can’t get enough quinoa! Yours looks healthy, and packed with deliciousness :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Jenny!! It’s the perfect lunch to use up leftover quinoa!

  16. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    The key to quinoa is definitely the rinsing!! and mixing it with delicious ingredients like this. This is my kind of lunch salad!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes!! Why did it take me so long to learn that?!

  17. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Love your tip on toasting quinoa, I actually haven’t tried that! I am really trying to learn to LOVE quinoa, so maybe that will help! The combo on sundried tomatoes, apples and scallions sounds fab here Liz! Love this one!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It makes such a difference!

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