Our Best Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa is one of the most popular search terms on our site. You love it, and so do we! Here are some of our best quinoa recipes.
Collard Green-Quinoa Wraps
Soaking the greens in warm water softens them enough to make the rolling process a little bit easier and a lot more fun.
Sprouted Quinoa with Marinated Veggies
This raw-food dish needs planning and patience, but the payoff is a salad that pops with each crunchy bite. Tracy Singleton says using cooked and cooled quinoa instead of sprouted quinoa is a fine shortcut, but the salad won't be 100% raw.
Fresh Vegetable Quinoa Bowl
Making stock has never been easier, thanks to the slow cooker. You can also use unsalted chicken stock as a substitute. (Note: You can make the stock overnight after enjoying Dinners 1 and 2. Strip herb leaves, and prep all vegetables for the week, using trimmings in stock.)
Quinoa, Smoked Trout, and Beet Salad
Layering the elements of this flavor-bomb salad guarantees even distribution in every bite and makes for a lovely platter.
Quinoa Salad with Apples, Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Quinoa with Toasted Pine Nuts
Quinoa is hot right now, and our users can't get enough. Adding toasted pine nuts and fresh herbs makes this healthy side dish even more fantastic.
Strawberry, Quinoa, and Ricotta Salata Salad
Sautéing the quinoa in oil before simmering helps it come out fluffy every time. We could make a meal of this deliciously unexpected combination, but it's excellent alongside a grilled steak too.
Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Steak
We love the chipotle-rubbed sirloin, but this salad is a wonderful use for any leftover steak. Take it with you for a not-so-boring desk lunch.
Get your quinoa fix at any time of day! Like most whole grains, quinoa is surprisingly filling, but if you need more for breakfast, serve with an egg on the side.
Sausage, Shrimp & Quinoa Skillet
We swapped rice for protein- and fiber-rich quinoa in this faux dirty rice, but any cooked whole grain would work well; give bulgur or farro a try to change things up.
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa
Healthy and hearty, this quinoa chili will become a family favorite. The recipe calls for a bottle of beer; use your favorite seasonal brew to amp up the flavor.
Cornmeal-Dusted Catfish with Quinoa Sauté
Farmed catfish is an inexpensive, sustainable option. For a kid-friendly dish, omit the jalapeño in the quinoa.
Quick Quinoa Meatballs
This cocktail recipe for pork and quinoa meatballs uses a creative variety of spices in lieu of salt to boost flavor.
Broccoli-Quinoa Casserole with Chicken and Cheddar
In our updated riff on chicken-rice casserole, whole-grain quinoa stands in for the typical white rice. It's a modern interpretation that still has loads of old-school comfort-food appeal.
Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges
Light, fluffy quinoa cooks in practically no time and is incredibly versatile--you can add it to just about any kind of salad.
Asian Stir-Fry Quinoa Bowl
A stir-fry quinoa bowl brimming with fresh veggies and tofu is a healthy replacement for the days you just can't kick the craving for takeout.
Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, and Spinach
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. The tiny, beige-colored seeds have a nice crunch and work well in a variety of dishes.
Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad
Quinoa, shrimp, and chickpeas pack a triple punch of protein in the this tasty summer dish.
Quinoa-Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies
Satisfy after-school muchies with healthier sweets. Use an already-made batch of our Nutty Whole-Grain Granola to whip up these scrumptious cookies.
Cauliflower and Chickpea Quinoa with Tahini Drizzle
Roasting adds an earthy depth of flavor to the veggies, but you can save time by keeping them raw--just toss right into the quinoa.
Quinoa and Parsley Salad
This gorgeous quinoa salad pops with color from dried apricots, fresh parsley, and green onions. Bonus: It tastes just as good (if not better) the next day.
Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa
We love the flavor combination in this dish. The almonds give the quinoa a nice crunch, and the glaze on the chicken is slightly sweet with a punch.
Quinoa Salad with Apples, Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Spinach-Quinoa Cakes with Bell Pepper Relish
The quinoa mixture is very moist but will firm up beautifully in the oven. Press firmly when shaping the cakes, and be careful when transferring to the hot baking sheet. Place directly on pan for crispier cakes, or use parchment paper for quicker cleanup.
Red Quinoa Bowl with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg
Technically a seed, quinoa is touted as a superfood for its high fiber and protein. The runny yolk of a poached egg creates a little sauce on top.
Quinoa-Arugula Layered Salad
We made over tabbouleh, turning it into an individually packed picnic dish. This salad holds beautifully, so you can pack it up a day ahead.
Kale Caesar Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chicken
We skip the croutons and add toasted walnuts for a bit of heart-healthy crunch in this fresh take on the classic salad.
Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Soup
We took four of the top recipe search categories from our website--chicken, kale, quinoa, and soup--and combined them into one tasty dish that we think will become your new favorite.
Cajun Crab and Quinoa Cakes
Make gluten-free crab cakes using quinoa in place of the typical breadcrumbs. Cajun spices liven up this easy seafood dish.
Quinoa Panzanella with Wild Salmon
Cooking the salmon with the skin on keeps the flesh silky and tender and bastes it with its own healthy fat. We love using a variety of heirloom cherry tomatoes--scout your farmers' market for the best options.
Orange and Tomato Simmered Chicken with Couscous
This dish is easily customizable. Quinoa can easily replace the couscous here, and cauliflower can replace the fennel. There are plenty of vegetables in this complete dinner, but if you desire, fresh, lightly dressed greens would go well with this dish.
Red Quinoa Salad with Beets, Kale, and Parmesan
This salad combines superfoods quinoa and kale with beets, pecans, and Parmesan cheese.
Kale, Quinoa, and Cherry Salad
The quinoa-rice blend adds bulk to this healthy kale salad, featuring sweet cherries, chickpeas, and goat cheese.
Radish and Avocado Quinoa Salad
Enjoy this healthy mixture in a summer salad or as a side dish for fish or chicken entrees.
Balsamic Lentil Quinoa Lettuce Cups
Enjoy this balsamic quinoa mixture in lettuce cups for an extra textured crunch.
Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Pistachios
Mixing fresh herbs into a salad mix adds light and vivacious layers of flavor.
Spicy Bean and Quinoa Salad with "Mole" Vinaigrette
This salad is packed with flavor and nutrients. The "mole" vinaigrette combines orange, cocoa, cumin, cinnamon, and chipotle for a Mexican-inspired dish.
Roasted Carrot, Chicken, and Grape Quinoa Bowl
Caramelized carrots and fresh, juicy grapes lend a welcome sweetness to this quinoa bowl.
Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Mint adds a flavorful twist to this colorful quinoa salad. Serve with a grilled main dish to savor the sweet taste of summer.
Quinoa-Stuffed Kale Rolls with Goat Cheese
Lacinato kale, also called Tuscan or dinosaur kale, is the easiest variety to stuff because of its long, pliable, flat leaves.