Superfood: Quinoa

The supergrain quinoa offers a double punch of nutrition by being both high in fiber and in protein.  See how to use it in a variety of recipes from breakfast cereal to salads and hearty main dishes.

  • Quinoa and Onion Risotto with Crème Fraîche and Hazelnuts
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Randy Mayor

    Superfood: Quinoa

    Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is high in fiber and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. This superfood is classified as a whole grain and is naturally gluten-free. Quinoa is a tiny grain that cooks up like rice and has a mild, nutty flavor and a light, fluffy texture similar to couscous. You can find it next to other grains in health-food stores and your supermarket.
  • Curried Quinoa Salad with Cucumber-Mint Raita
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Curried Quinoa Salad with Cucumber-Mint Raita

    This Indian-inspired dish features quinoa, a high-protein grain that cooks relatively quickly. We like the heat that Madras curry powder brings, but use regular curry powder, if you prefer.
  • Citrus, Quinoa, and Spinach Salad
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Citrus, Quinoa, and Spinach Salad

    Still-warm quinoa gives off just enough heat to barely wilt the spinach in this side-dish salad.
  • Hot Quinoa Cereal with Maple Syrup Apples
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Hot Quinoa Cereal with Maple Syrup Apples

    Once cooked, quinoa flakes are very similar in texture to cream of wheat.
  • Quinoa Tabbouleh
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Quinoa Tabbouleh

    Quinoa works just as well as the traditional bulgur, and it takes less time to cook. We prefer curly parsley here, but flat-leaf parsley or a mix of other herbs would also be delicious.
  • Quinoa, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Chive-Infused Oil
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Quinoa, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Chive-Infused Oil

    This nutrient-dense, springtime salad pairs well with fish like salmon or tuna. If fresh corn is out of season, substitute with frozen kernels.
  • Quinoa Salad with Artichokes and Parsley
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Nina Choi; Styling: Lisa Lee

    Quinoa Salad with Artichokes and Parsley

    Parsley has its own spot on the seder plate, representing spring. Although quinoa is considered a whole grain, it is, in fact, a seed—making it a welcome addition to a Passover meal.
  • Quinoa-Stuffed Poblano Chiles
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes

    Quinoa-Stuffed Poblano Chiles

    Protein-packed quinoa takes the place of ground beef in these meatless stuffed chiles. The bell peppers in the stuffing add an extra dose of vitamins A and C.
  • Quinoa Tabbouleh
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Randy Mayor

    Quinoa Tabbouleh

    Bulgur is the traditional grain in most Tabbouleh recipes but this version uses quinoa for extra protein, iron, and other grain products.
  • Quinoa and Potato Croquettes
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Karry Hosford

    Quinoa and Potato Croquettes

    Save time making this recipe by preparing the potato while the quinoa cooks. Potatoes add additional vitamin C, fiber, and phytonutrients to the croquettes.
  • Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Jan Smith

    Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing

    This meatless salad is loaded with an array of fresh and tasty ingredients such as quinoa, tofu, black beans, carrots, and tomatoes that provide fiber, protein, soy, iron, and phytonutrients. It's a heart-healthy one-dish meal.
  • Tilapia with Quinoa & Black Beans
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Ian Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker

    Tilapia with Quinoa & Black Beans

    Pairing quinoa with fish gives you a double helping of heart-healthy protein. The light texture of the quinoa pared with hearty black beans and tart lemon juice complement the simplicity of the pan-seared fish.
  • Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Howard L. Puckett

    Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad

    Crisp, colorful vegetables and high-protein quinoa serve as the base of this meatless Mediterranean dish.
  • Tofu, Asparagus, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry with Quinoa
    Text By: Anne Cain, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Tofu, Asparagus, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry with Quinoa

    For added flavor, double the dressing and use half of it to marinate the tofu while the quinoa cooks. Feel free to throw in other low-calorie veggies like broccoli, water chestnuts, or tomatoes for added nutrients.

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