40 Healthy Quinoa Recipes You Will Absolutely Love
Craving a super grain that's packed with protein and vitamins? Come right this way for healthy quinoa recipes. We have delicious ideas for grain bowls, hearty breakfasts, fun salads and more.
Summer Salad by the Lake
I came up with this recipe to show appreciation to all the teachers at my son’s school. The dish had to be as special as the teachers, who always go the extra mile for their students. I think this salad did the trick! It’s hearty, earthy, sweet and loaded with nothing but good stuff. —Ramya Ramamurthy, Fremont, California
For another salad recipe with quinoa, try out this baked salad recipe.
Orange-Pistachio Quinoa SaladAdd this fresh and healthy quinoa salad to your dinner spread. Its citrusy, nutty taste is simply delicious. —Jean Greenfield, San Anselmo, California
New to quinoa? Here’s everything you need to know.
Quinoa-Pear Breakfast BakeMy husband and I enjoy quinoa, so I created this healthy pear breakfast bake for our Sunday brunch. The quinoa is a nice change of pace from oatmeal. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Cumin Quinoa PattiesThese easy burgers taste amazing, and the quinoa gives them a hearty texture. They’re a delicious (and healthy!) vegetarian option that you really have to try. Pan frying them adds a perfect crunch that takes them to the next level. You can make the mixture ahead of time. It freezes very well. Enjoy! —Beth Klein, Arlington, Virginia
Try these healthy canned bean recipes, too.
Kale Quinoa SaladHere’s a healthy side dish you can feel good about serving. Kale packs a mighty punch of vitamins, while quinoa delivers a hearty serving of protein. Best of all, the flavor of this kale quinoa salad can’t be beat! —Lisa Warren, Washington, DC
If this is your first time cooking quinoa, don’t worry; here’s a quick guide on how to cook quinoa.
Quinoa, Fresh Fig and Honey-Balsamic ParfaitThis healthy quinoa yogurt parfait is special to me because of its wholesome ingredients. Quinoa is gluten-free, which is good for those who have food allergies, like my daughter. And I love fresh ripe figs when they are in season. Enjoy this for breakfast or dessert. —Dawn Hutchins, St. Johns, Florida
Vegan Quinoa SaladToasting the grain before it simmers isn’t essential, but it does add a pleasant nuttiness to the flavor of this healthy vegan quinoa salad. Mix and match whatever fresh herbs and veggies you have on hand. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Skinny Quinoa Veggie DipDon’t let the name fool you. This good-for-you recipe may appeal to an athlete in training, but it has plenty of flavor to satisfy everyone. We use crunchy cucumber slices for dippers. —Jennifer Gizzi, Green Bay, Wisconsin
BLT Quinoa BowlsI absolutely love a BLT with sliced avocado and an egg. Recently, I’ve been trying out healthy quinoa bowls, and I thought the flavors of my favorite sandwich would work really well. My family agreed! —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
Apple-Cinnamon Quinoa PancakesMy daughter and daughter-in-law got me hooked on quinoa. I dressed up a regular pancake recipe to create these delicious apple-cinnamon breakfast treats. The shredded apple remains slightly crunchy with the short cooking time, and it nicely complements the chewy texture of the quinoa. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Chickpea Tortilla SoupThis vegan tortilla soup recipe is healthy, filling and family-friendly! We love how hearty and flavorful it is. We like to play around with the different toppings we add each time it’s served. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
(Aside from quinoa, here are other healthy pantry staples to stock up on.)