Easy and Delicious Lemon-Mint Quinoa from Thug Kitchen

Lemon-Mint Quinoa – from Thug Kitchen

  • Author: Thug Kitchen - adapted by Shawny


This is a super easy, super tasty light lunch or side.  Serves 4 as a side, 2 for lunch.



  • 1 t + 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t grated lemon zest
  • 2 T lemon
  • 1 1/2 T rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 T minced green onions
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional)


Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan with a lid.  Add quinoa and saute about 2 minutes.  Add water and salt and bring to boil.  Cover, reduce heat and let simmer until quinoa is tender, 15-18 minutes.  If the quinoa needs more water before it’s done, add some. If it has too much, strain.

Mix together the lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, and remaining 2 T olive oil in a small glass.  After the quinoa has cooled a couple minutes add the lemon dressing, mint, green onions and almonds.  Taste to see if it needs more salt, lemon, mint, onions….  Serve room temperature or cold.


I found that I did need to add a little salt, and a bit more of the mint, onions, and lemon zest.  I also topped it with red pepper flakes as a struggle to go a meal without something spicy.