Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa

Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa is a 1 minute quick and easy summer side dish or salad. A burst of lemon and savory dill make this simple dish light, bright, and refreshingly delicious.

Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa on a green and white plate

Perfect for summer BBQs, light lunches, or even an afternoon tea.

It’s always a favorite in our house, best described as a cross between rice pilaf and a grain salad. Super simple and satisfying. 

Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa with a Filet of Salmon

What to Serve with Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa 

Almost anything, in my book. But a pan-seared shrimp, salmon, or grilled chicken breast pairs especially well with this light and bright dish. 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa

How to Make Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa

Into the bowl of an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, add olive oil, chopped zucchini, salt, rinsed quinoa, and water. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and be sure the valve is set to “sealing”.

Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa Ingredients in the pressure cooker

Set the manual high-pressure setting for 1 minute. Once cooked, let the pressure release naturally.

Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Toss with lemon juice, zest, and fresh dill. Serve warm or cold.

Leftovers?

Whenever I serve this dish warm, I immediately set some back for tomorrow’s lunch. Where I will drizzle a bit of olive oil over the quinoa and reward myself with a delicious salad! 

Is Quinoa a Grain?

Quinoa is often considered to be a grain, but it’s actually a seed. “The yellowish pods are the seed of a plant called Chenopodium quinoa, native to Peru and related to beets, chard, and spinach,” writes Nicole Spiridakis in a story for NPR.

Is Quinoa Gluten-Free?

According to the Whole Grains Council, quinoa is a gluten-free, whole-grain carbohydrate, as well as a whole protein (meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids).

More Quinoa Recipes

Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa in a White Bowl

Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa on a green and white plate

Instant Pot Quinoa with Zucchini and Lemon

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

Instant Pot Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa is a 1 minute quick and easy summer side dish or salad. A burst of lemon and savory dill make this simple dish light, bright, and refreshingly delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice plus zest (from 1 lemon)
  • Crumbled feta cheese for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Into the bowl of an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, add the olive oil, chopped zucchini, salt, rinsed quinoa, and water.
  2. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and be sure the valve is set to "sealing". Select manual high pressure and cook for 1 minute. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  3. Once the Instant Pot has naturally released the pressure, remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Toss with the lemon juice, zest, and fresh dill.

Notes

Refrigerate leftovers for a delicious salad drizzled with olive oil.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 492mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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