Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

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Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

I’m a recent convert to quinoa.

I had never really understood the hype around the whole grain and brushed past it at my local grocery store in search of brown rice, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, or, who am I kidding here, Cheez-Its.

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
4.60 from 10 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
    Used frozen corn because ears are outta season. Went great with roast chicken

    Loved it. Next time will add a little red pepper flakes as we like some heat. Also I am looking forward to leftovers.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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 .

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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 : )

  11. 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!

  12. I love corn and quinoa, I just found my love for it! What can I use instead of scallions, not a huge fan of them? Thanks!

  13. Kelly! I’ve been waiting & wanting to try quinoa, and I picked your recipe as my “go to” recipe! I totally loved it, and so did my husband! The dressing was the perfect compliment! Thank you so much!! Now I not only loved quinoa, my first attempt at cooking it was delicious thanks to you!!

  14. Hello, I wanted to make this for a outdoor picnic, is this something that is served coos or warmed? Thanks! Kristina

  15. This was absolutely wonderful. We’ve had a few quinoa fails at our house, but this recipe proved to be a winner with everyone.

  16. For those who asked how to prepare, I typically rinse, use double the water for each cup of quinoa. Put it all in a pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low/simmer while covering. Usually after 15 minutes it is good to go. Just fluff up with a fork!

  17. I just had this for lunch today and I’ve already shared the recipe with a friend of mine. So easy to make and so delicious! Thanks for a great recipe. :-)

  18. Hopped on pinterest for a quinoa recipe I’d have the ingredients for, and this was the first I found that didn’t require a bunch of things. I admit I was a bit leery of the butter and honey in it, but YUM! I’m having a hard time keeping myself from finishing it off!

  19. absolutely delicious! I added ground turkey to make it a bit heartier for a full dinner meal.

  20. I have never tried Quinoa before and am nervous to make it…not to try it tho. I will making this next week, and it will part of our meal plan. It looks so yummy. Wish me luck :) Thanks for the recipe

  21. Thank you for the recipe I made it the other night. I will be making it again- It’s now printed up and in my personal my cookbook so I never loose it.

  22. This was delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I added a bit of paprika for a little smokiness and also black beans and that was our meal tonight. I really love quinoa but am kinda new to it, too, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. The dressing was yummy!

  23. Made this a few nights ago. The lemon flavor was a little too strong for my husband, but I absolutely loved it. I’ll be making it again on a night he’s out with the guys. :)

    Thanks for the recipe!

  24. I have made this twice now, and it is DELICIOUS! So great! I just made it now with coconut oil instead of butter, and it is just as scrumptious as the batch I made with butter. Thank you for this find! I am addicted! :)

  25. When chilled does it change the consistency of the dressing? I want to prep it before supper this evening but only if the cooling of the butter won’t make a difference.

  26. I just made this for today’s gathering. One of the children is allergic to dairy so I substituted extra virgin olive oil for the butter. It is yummy!

  27. I cooked the corn husk and all in the oven @ 350 for a half hour, used half the butter suggested, and used a hot pepper raw honey. This was awesome awesome awesome. Thank you for posting!

  28. I love it! What a nice addition to my side dishes. I am making it again tonight!
    Along some talapia with lemon—Yum

  29. I love quinoa and am always looking to try new ways to serve it. Thanks for posting this. Instead of boiling the corn let me suggest you simply lay them in your grill to warm. Something about the grilling process that just makes the flavor of the corn that much better. I can’t wait to try this one.

  30. This was so delicious! We had it as a side dish for dinner, but I am taking the leftovers to eat as a salad for lunch tomorrow. Yum!!!

  31. I can’t find any ears of corn right now so I will be using frozen or canned. How many cups do you think?

    1. Hi Natasha! I would estimate about 2 cups of corn kernels. You really can do it to your specified preferences, but 2 cups would be my guess. Hope this helps and enjoy!

    1. I often cook for one, Liza! I make this dish all the time and I just keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge (but trust me, they don’t last that long!).

  32. Sorta flaked out on us in the recipe by not including how to prepare the quinoa, since it is widely available in the bulk section. Can you include that here somewhere? Thanks!

  33. Mmmm….this was really great! I have had quinoa one time in my life and it was very good, so I was reluctant to make this, but in the end, your pictures persuaded me! :) I actually liked this, actually quite a bit! I like that it is healthy, and since I am eating healthier these days this is just what I needed. I’m so happy I found your site!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Alex! Couscous is similar to quinoa, but it’s generally considered to be a pasta, while quinoa is a whole grain (Although many disagree! See here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/health/23recipehealth.html). The two foods have similar textures, but quinoa has a bit more of a nuttier bite (think “seed” rather than “tiny pasta”) and they have varying health benefits. Hope this helps!

  34. Thank you for this recipe! I have been a bit fearful, if you will, of quinoa. As a former gastric bypass patient, I must take in ALOT of protein everyday, therefore I am always searching for new recipes that will help fulfill this. I had some leftover quinoa from a vegetarian burger recipe, so I went on the search for easy recipes. I came across yours and made it today. I have now eaten two (small) bowls and am in love! Thank you for this recipe!!!!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Cassie, and I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe! I was scared of quinoa (mostly because I didn’t think I’d like the taste), but this recipe made me a convert! On Wednesday I’ll be posted a vegan recipe (I’m testing out this whole vegan cleanse thing), so stay tuned for many more healthy recipes to come. And best of luck to you!

  35. Kelly, welcome back from the bush! I love your variation on quinoa here! The corn is a delicious addition! As my wife is gluten intolerant, we get to experiment with lots of quinoa options. On her gimmeglutenfree.com blog, she created a fabulous Quinoa Tabouli Salad we’ve served to guests on many occasions and everyone raves over it. All the best!

  36. Loving these photographs, beautiful. This looks like a tasty summer salad – excellent for a family get together! Thanks for sharing.

  37. What a wonderful summer salad, I’m intrigued by the fact that there’s butter in the dressing! How unusual.