Quinoa with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

We love cooking with quinoa because it’s so healthy, gluten-free, versatile, and my 3 kids love it. My sister recently made this recipe: Quinoa with Lemon and Herbs, originally from  Giada De Laurentiis from the Food Network. It tastes a lot like orzo or pasta with fresh herbs and lemon juice. This recipe uses fresh basil, thyme and parsley, but feel free to use any combination of herbs. I added Parmesan to mine, but feta or goat cheese would work great too. This quinoa recipe makes a wonderful side dish served with fish, chicken or pork, and it can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

Quinoa with Lemon and Herbs

Cook Time:

15 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


4 servings


2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


1. Combine chicken broth, lemon juice and quinoa in a medium saucepan, Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 12 to 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, combine olive oil, lemon juice, basil, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste and add fresh Parmesan.

3. Pour the olive oil mixture over the quinoa and tossing well. Serve warm or at room temperature.

23 thoughts on “Quinoa with Lemon and Fresh Herbs”

  1. I made your breakfast quinoa recipe when you posted it, and it is a breakfast staple now in my home. I can’t wait to add this one to the list. Thanks for such a wonderful blog

  2. I found the dish way too lemony, and I like lemon! I would cut the lemon in half and add it to the sauce only, not to the broth for boiling.

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