Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

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Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

I’m a recent convert to quinoa.

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It was actually my older (wiser) sister who introduced me to the pinhead-sized grain, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Although she uses it in place of pasta to pair with her homemade arrabiata sauce, I found a summer-friendly take featuring fresh corn, chopped scallions and a quick-fix honey butter dressing. It’s fresh, simple and hard to stick to just one serving. And cooking quinoa is easier than you might think! Tune in to my video below for a few tips and tricks for how to guarantee your quinoa is extra-light and fluffy.

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Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

Quinoa with Corn and Scallions
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Side Dish

Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

Switch up your side dish spread with a light and refreshing recipe for Quinoa with Corn and Scallions.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.56 from 9 votes
Quinoa with Corn and Scallions
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 4 scallions, chopped


  • Place the corn in a large pot and fill it with enough water to cover the corn. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and let the pot stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the corn from the pot and let it cool on a cutting board until it's easy to handle. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the kernels off the cob.
  • Prepare the dressing by whisking together the lemon zest, lemon juice, melted butter, honey, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Rinse the uncooked quinoa in a sieve under cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Cook the quinoa in a pot of of boiling salted water per the package directions.
  • Add the quinoa, corn kernels and chopped scallions to the bowl with the dressing and toss until it's evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 156mg, Potassium: 377mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 320IU, Vitamin C: 6.6mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 2.3mg


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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this dish before but misplaced my recipe. I followed it u til I read to use 2 C. uncooked quinoa. I used 1 C. and thought it was a possible miss print.
    Tasted great. With more quinoa, there would not be enough dressing.

    1. Thanks for your note, Suzanne. This recipe is correct as written :) I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it!

  2. I’m making this today and had to leave a comment that I love this recipe! Been making it for years. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for a vegan friend. Used olive oil instead of butter and agave nectar instead of honey. I also added some red bell pepper for more color. My friend LOVED IT… along with everbody at the potluck.

  4. 3 stars
    Different but oddly good. The kids didn’t like the sweet mixed with the chives. A lot of work for something that was ok but not delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    First time but not the last!!
    I tried quinoa at a wedding reception for the first time a while back and thought it was time to give cooking it a try.
    This recipe was simple and fantastic!! I cut the amounts in half and that was plenty for the wife and I.
    It is a great change to rice and potatoes and much more flavorful!! It went perfect with a smoked steak.
    I’ll definitely do this again and again!!

  6. I had everything in my cupboard except quinoa so I used couscous & some cherry tomatoes I needed to use up! I must “Delish

      1. 5 stars
        When NJ sweet corn is in season this is one of our go-to recipes! One time we didn’t have lemons on hand but we did have limes and we found we actually prefer the limes. Today I made it with shallots because again, we didn’t have scallions on hand but did have shallots. Also very good! I’m thinking of trying some dried ancho or aleppo pepper sprinkled on my serving too .

  7. My husband and I love quinoa and we have eaten it for years in different variations. I made this one with salmon because lemon goes great with seafood. Against my better judgement however, I followed the recipe with the amount of butter and lemon. This had more butter in a serving, than we use in a month! My husband thought the amount of lemon overpowered the dish. I normally make our quinoa with a low sodium chicken stock, grilled chopped vegetables and seasonings. I appreciate you sharing and I will make adjustments accordingly.

  8. Didn’t have lemons available so I used key limes instead and it turned out Amazing! Will definitely be making this again:)

  9. If there’s 8 servings how much yields one serving? I made this just for myself and it made sooooo much. Hope I can eat it all before it goes bad. It’s delicious though : )

  10. If anyone out there is a Gluten-Free Vegan (challenging as best), I made the recipe with Vegan Butter (Earth Balance) to remove the dairy. I also cut down the salt just a bit to accommodate for the butter as it has a slightly salty taste. It tasted pretty amazing. Thanks for the recipe, Kelly!

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