Quinoa with Poached Egg, Spinach, and Cucumber

Detox Cred: Quinoa (an ancient seed) is an excellent source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein, like eggs. Eggs are the best natural source of the nutrient choline and help fight inflammation.
Whole Living, January/February January/February 2012
  • Yield Serves 2
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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 5 ounces spinach, rinsed
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
  • Red chile flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, about 1 minute. Add spinach and steam, covered, until wilted, about 1 minute. Season with salt. Transfer to plate.

  2. Rinse pan and fill with 2 inches water; bring to a boil. Add carrot and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Transfer to plate. Reduce heat to a simmer and poach eggs, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Divide quinoa between bowls. Top with egg, spinach, carrot, and cucumber. Whisk vinegar and 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt. Drizzle over bowls. Sprinkle with red chili flakes and chives.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (10)

  • LittleRedFrog 31 Jan, 2014

    Recipes calling for already cooked something (rice, pasta, quinoa, etc) annoy me because I have no idea how much is needed of the dry stuff so that I can actually cook it.
    So I used a 1/4 cup of dry quinoa for 1 person and I guess that was a good amount as it wasn't too much or too little.
    This being said, I really like the recipe! It's light, fresh, easy and tasty. So I will be making it again, adding shiitake mushrooms, or white mushrooms or yet other things. I think it is pretty versatile.

  • Firefly7071 14 Mar, 2013

    Had cooked quinoa in the fridge already. Just sautéed up the fresh spinach & garlic, and topped the quinoa with the spinach, poached egg and some cider vinegar, EVOO, S&P. Simple, good, nutritious.

  • Starla 18 Feb, 2013

    This was sooo good! I will make it again and again! I also used apple cider vinegar and didn't have any red pepper flakes so I added cayenne to the vinegar dressing. I also used rainbow chard instead of spinach.

  • Teamarnold 17 Jan, 2013

    This is an amazing recipe and very versatile, just change the veggies to whatever you have on hand. I prefer using fresh jalapeños for the red pepper flakes and apple cider vinegar for the white vinegar. Good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Vespa Woolf 5 Oct, 2012

    Living in Peru, we have an overabundance of quinoa and are always looking for ideas to use it in new, creative ways. The chili flakes and vinegar add just the right touch and make this dish really special. My picky hubby even enjoyed it! Thanks so much.

  • R_Lynn 4 Jun, 2012

    this recipe was a nice change. i was pleasantly surprised by how much i enjoyed this meal and ate it 2 nights in a row. so simple to make.

  • Ginnyd29 31 Mar, 2012

    I thought this recipe sounded a little strange but tried it & it was great! I chose to scramble my egg rather than poach it & it was delicious & filling!

  • LaineyLOL 11 Mar, 2012

    One of my absolute favorite meals! I don't repeat recipes often, but I have made this one multiple times since I first found it. Flavorful and simple. Love love love.

  • Angielup 7 Feb, 2012

    Delicious and satisfying.

  • MrsJacobi 17 Jan, 2012

    I wasn't planning on making this meal, but tonight I needed a quick dinner and happened to have everything on hand for this. Wow, am I ever glad I made it! This was my first time poaching an egg, and though it wasn't perfect, it was delicious!! Paired with the quinoa, spinach, olive oil/vinegar, and red chili flakes, this turned out to be quite a treat (I didn't have cucumber or carrots, but I'm sure that would have been even better!). Honestly, one of my favorite meals on the plan.