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Sweet and Tangy Summer Squash Quinoa

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 as an entree; 4 as a side 1x


A sweet and tangy quinoa dish flavored with almonds, summer squash, and sweet and sour ingredients like raisins and lemon juice makes for a complex flavor profile with a touch of spice and crunch.



  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped summer squash
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 23 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 small green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper + more to taste
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 10 basil leaves, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)


  1. Place a small skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add almonds and toast until fragrant and golden, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add squash, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and green pepper. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the garlic cloves. Stir in salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer cooked vegetables, toasted almonds, and cooked quinoa to a large bowl.
  4. Stir in raisins, lemon juice, and basil until combined. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: quinoa, summer squash, basil, side dish, vegetarian, almonds