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This Lemon-Scallion Quinoa Pilaf Recipe Is a Superfood Side Dish — Packed With Protein

This protein-packed supergrain tastes extra decadent, thanks to a bright, buttery dressing.

While a starchy side rounds out a meat and veggie meal, why not make it healthy and taste good? Our lemon-scallion quinoa pilaf recipe is exploding with flavor … and benefits! For starters, quinoa is packed with protein, keeping you full for much longer compared to potato and pasta dishes. It’s also high in fiber, which is great for your gut. And accompanied with vitamin C-rich scallions and protein-packed peanuts, this really is a superfood side! And the best part? It’s only five ingredients, making it easy on you and your wallet. If you’ve given this recipe a try, comment below to let us know.

For perfect quinoa that comes out fluffy instead of mushy, try this: After cooking the grains as usual, spread them out on a large plate or rimmed baking sheet and let cool for about 5 minutes before adding to the recipe. This step will help remove the excess moisture that can make quinoa soggy and water-down the dressing.


6 servings

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  • 1 1/2 c. dry quinoa
  • 6 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c. toasted sliced almonds



In a pot over high heat, combine quinoa and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.

In bowl, mix butter, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Add quinoa, scallions, and almonds; toss well. 

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