Healthy No gluten Herbed Lemon Quinoa with Spinach
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5 from 2 votes

Herbed Lemon Quinoa with Spinach

This is a healthy gluten free side that is taken up a notch by a mix of sauteed shallots, bright lemon, parsley, thyme and spinach.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: healthier side, quick side, quinoa
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 269
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa - rinsed and drained
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken low-sodium broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 medium shallots finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 cups baby spinach sliced


  • bring 2 3/4 cups chicken broth to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Stir in quinoa, salt, and pepper; reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat; let sit 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with fork; keep warm.
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat; add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in zest and juice and simmer for 1 minute; remove from heat. Add the quinoa, baby spinach, thyme, parsley and stir until thoroughly combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Inspired by the April 7, 2015 post by Saveur's "Herbed Lemon Quinoa"


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1360IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg