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We’ve rounded up 20 of our Best Quinoa Recipes! From quinoa salads and delicious quinoa bowls to simple quinoa sides and vegetarian quinoa dinners, these simple quinoa recipes will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied!
20 Simple, Healthy Quinoa Recipes
One of our go-to healthy staples around here is Quinoa –a mighty little superfood packed with protein and fiber. What we love about quinoa is how quickly it cooks ( just 20 minutes!) and how handy it is for midweek meals.
It’s gluten-free and technically a seed rather than a grain- a great option for those with gluten sensitivities. Make a big batch, refrigerate or freeze and reheat for weeknight meals, toss into salads, add to soups, or use it as a base for healthy bowls.
How to cook Quinoa (in a nutshell)
Cooking quinoa couldn’t be any easier! A basic ratio for water (or stock) to quinoa is 2 to 1. Bring 2 parts liquid and 1 part rinsed quinoa to a boil over high heat. Season with salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Lower heat and cover, simmering gently until all the water is gone, around 15-20 minutes. Let it stand 5 minutes, then it is ready! (PRO TIP: Always rinse quinoa before cooking- this helps remove its bitterness.)
Simple, but incredibly delicious, this Everyday Quinoa with Lemon, Shallot and Herbs is our “go-to” side dish that compliments so many things. Vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor, it’s one of my favorite quinoa recipes on the blog! Make a big batch for the workweek.
Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad
We can’t get enough of this Lemony Chickpea Quinoa Salad! It’s made with cucumber, tomato, dill, parsley and the most flavorful Preserved Lemon Dressing -vegan, healthy, and full of so much flavor. The perfect quinoa recipe for summer!
Broccoli Quinoa Cakes!
These Broccoli Quinoa Cakes are delicious and hearty, with great flavor and texture. Make them ahead and reheat for midweek meals- a tasty healthy quinoa recipe your whole family will love!
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Moroccan Lentil Quinoa Soup
One of our favorite vegan soups, This Moroccan Red Lentil Quinoa Soup is made with simple ingredients and is full of so delicious flavor! Very easy- make this in an Instant Pot or stovetop.
Southwest Quinoa Salad
This Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Salad is quick and easy to put together and full of fresh Southwest flavors- perfect for casual summer gatherings, potlucks and bbqs. Vegan and Gluten-Free!
Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds
This crunchy, satisfying Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Apple Cider Vinaigrette is another good make-ahead salad, perfect for midweek lunches, to serve it as a tasty side at dinnertime.
Peruvian Burritos with Quinoa & Aji Verde Sauce (Vegan!)
These savory, hearty Peruvian Burritos are filled with quinoa, roasted sweet potato, fresh corn, peppers, and creamy black beans, then drizzled with spicy Peruvian Green Sauce. A flavor bomb! Vegan and Delicious!
Quinoa Stuffed Poblano with Mole Negro Sauce
This Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Chili is filled with black beans, quinoa, goat cheese, topped with a dark complex Mole Negro Sauce. A special, decadent meal that will WOW your taste buds. Save this one for a special occasion.
Crispy Vegan Quinoa Cakes with Tomato-Chickpea Relish
One of the “oldest” recipes on the blog, these Crispy Vegan Quinoa Cakes with Tomato Chickpea Relish- is still one of our go-to meals around here. So hearty and satisfying, and full of delicious flavors. Keep it vegan or add goat cheese crumbles.
Chickpea Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Packed with nutritious ingredients, this Chickpea Quinoa Veggie Burger is full of savory delicious flavor and satisfying texture. Great with a variety of toppings. Vegetarian and Gluten-free, Vegan-adaptable!
Baked Quinoa with Corn, Zucchini, Feta & Fresh Tomato Relish
Baked Quinoa with Zucchini, Corn and feta, topped with a fresh Tomato Relish. A healthy, easy vegetarian dinner recipe, perfect for summer!
Beet Bliss Bowl with Quinoa
Brighten up your day with this Beet Bliss Bowl! A simple vegan bowl made with beets, quinoa, avocado and chickpeas-that can be made in under 30 minutes! Great for meal-prepping, bright and playful, and guaranteed to lift your spirits!
Lemony Chicken Arugula Quinoa SaladLemony Chicken Arugula Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Creamy Basil Dressing- an easy low-carb, high protein salad that is full of amazing flavor! For a veggie option, sub Crispy Tofu!
Kale and Quinoa Salad with Apples
Kale & Quinoa Salad with Apples, Chickpeas and Currants! A hearty vegan salad that can be made ahead- perfect for potlucks, gatherings or midweek lunches!
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Eggplant and Chickpeas with Zhoug Yogurt. A flavorful vegetarian dinner!
Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
These delicious, healthy make-ahead Breakfast Bowls are full of whole grains like quinoa or millet and topped with fresh healthy ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free-adaptable.
Quinoa Tabouli Salad with strawberries!
Strawberry Quinoa “Tabouli” Salad – a twist on traditional tabouli, this spring-inspired version is made with quinoa, parsley, mint, and cucumber. Add avocado, toasted, slivered almonds, or feta if you like!
Quinoa Asparagus Salad (aka Spring Tabouli)
This Quinoa Asparagus Salad (aka “Spring Tabouli”) is made with asparagus, fresh peas, parsley, fresh dill, lemon, sliced almonds, avocado and optional goat or feta cheese. A healthy, vegan-adaptable salad that can be made ahead- perfect for barbecues, potlucks, and outdoor gatherings.
Moroccan Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Olives, Almonds and Mint
Moroccan Quinoa and Blood Orange Salad with Almonds, olives, and mint. An oldie but goodie on the blog.
Holiday Crunch Salad
Save this recipe until pomegranates are in season! This Holiday Crunch Salad is made with Quinoa, almonds, avocado, loads of herbs and fresh pomegranate- this one is full of so many healthy nutrients, and most of all flavor. One of the most popular quinoa recipes on the blog!
Quinoa Chicken Salad
A hearty, protein-packed, Chicken Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, tomatoes, fresh herbs, arugula and lemon zest that can be made ahead!
I have been looking for more tasty and fun quinoa recipes. I am going to have to try some of these. They look so good.
I am not very familiar with Quinoa, but all these recipes look so wonderful I think I’ll introduce myself! Thanks for all the delicious shares Sylvia. I haven’t made one yet that disappointed 🙂
The spring tabouli is our favourite! Always a hit when we bring it to potlucks!
Quinoa is such a powerhouse! Love these recipes, especially the broccoli quinoa cakes 🙂
Oh my! They all sound delicious. I have tried many of your recipes and NOT one has failed.They are ALWAYS yummy! Even my hubby agrees.
Cannot wait to try your quinoa recipes. Now, which one start I start with???
Thank you so much for all you do.
Wow, these all look amazing. I love Quinoa and was searching for new recipes on Friday evening and then laughed when this popped into my in-box on Saturday!
have a number of them in mind for this week. Thank you for reading my mind!
These look so tasty! I just added a bunch of these to my “to cook” list!
The Kale, quinoa and apple salad was AMAZING. The Kale came from my garden so that made it more special. This salad came together quickly and I made enough quinoa to try a few other recipes. We will have the quinoa breakfast bowl today and tomorrow, the stuffed peppers. I want to try them ALL! Thanks!
I can’t wait to try all of these recipes out this summer! Quinoa is the BEST!
Can’t wait to make these! Not sure which I will make first…
Great recipes, I want to try them all!
All of these quinoa recipes look so good! I can’t decide which to try first!
I have never been a quinoa fan, but must admit that several of these sound and look pretty tasty… so I will venture out and try a couple to see if they can change my mind about quinoa. Thanks!
I’ve made the strawberry quinoa tabouli several times and it’s always a hit. So fresh and herby – perfect for summer!
I love all of your recipes that I’ve tried so far. They always seem more real and earthy. Thank you for the great recipes and positive content. You’re the best!
Super yummy recipes !
Hi Sylvia, as usual your recipes are beautiful to look at and so very fresh tasting! I am working my way through the salads!
There are so many yummie looking options, but I think I want to try the Moroccan Lentil Quinoa Soup & the Everyday Quinoa first 🙂
Your food is so pretty and inspiring!
Quinoa is the queen seed/ grain – breakfast, lunch or dinner! Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh my, these are the best quinoa recipes, ever! As I read them, I was salivating, at 9:05 pm!!! I will surprise my wife this week. Thanks for always sharing your incredibly delicious recipes, Sylvia.
Love the Quinoa Carrot Almond Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette. My whole family munched on it in the car this weekend and they said, “More, please!” Thank you for inspiration to feed my teenagers.
I love Quinoa! That’s for putting heaps of recipes in one place. I can’t wait to try them all. xx
I’ve never attempted cooking with quinoa before, but I’m excited to give some of these a try!
Love quinoa! So versatile. Thanks for all these ideas, Sylvia.