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    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes

    Quinoa is an amazing superfood. It’s packed with fiber, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, making it one of the most nutritious things you can eat. Originating in the Andes region, it has recently been growing in popularity around the world.

    But what to cook with it? Perhaps you’ve heard about quinoa and just purchased your first bag and don’t know what to do other than follow the directions on the package.

    That’s why we decided to compile this great list of Quinoa Recipes, to give you plenty of great ways to serve this delicious and healthy grain.

    From salads and bowls, to casseroles and soups, you’ll find a great variety of ways to cook quinoa. So start cooking your ways through this list of amazing recipes, and see which becomes your new favorite…

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes.

    1. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    This Mediterranean quinoa salad is exactly what it sounds like, a quinoa salad made Mediterranean-style. It uses quinoa, roasted cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, toasted pine nuts, and more.

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    2. Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - chicken Buddha bowl.

    You’ve got to try this summer detox chicken Buddha bowl. It’s everything that you’d need in a full meal, mixed right into a beautiful bowl. It makes a tasty dish that results in few dishes to clean afterwards.

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    3. Quinoa Salad

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - quinoa salad.

    This quinoa salad is fantastic! It’s also super healthy thanks to ingredients like nutritious quinoa, fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, bright bell peppers, and more. Once it’s all mixed together, the salad is covered in a lemon herb vinaigrette.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    4. Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - garlic butter shrimp and quinoa.

    It might surprise you, but quinoa pairs quite well with seafood. This garlic butter shrimp and quinoa recipe creates a buttery seafood that’s tender, juicy, and light. The recipe makes this delicious seafood dish that’s sure to impress you.

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    5. Quinoa Chili

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - chili.

    If it’s getting colder outside and you need something to warm you up, why not try this quinoa chili? It’s vegetarian and filled with protein, so if you want something that tastes great but is still healthy, then it’s the perfect fit for you.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    6. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - broccoli quinoa casserole.

    This broccoli quinoa is creamy, cheesy, and super comforting, and it has a rich and velvety sauce. It can serve as a hearty meatless dinner or a side for grilled or roasted meats.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    7. Garlicky Mushroom Quinoa

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - garlicky mushroom.

    This garlicky mushroom quinoa is simple and spectacular. It uses meaty cremini mushrooms that get pan fried in a ton of garlic and butter, to help pack a ton of extra flavors into the mushrooms. Then it gets mixed with cooked quinoa to make this awesome dish!

    Get the Recipe @ lordbyranskitchen

    8. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - stuffed peppers.

    These quinoa stuffed peppers with ground beef create a meal that’s full of protein, and super scrumptious! It’s quick and easy to make, and mixing the quinoa with the ground beef helps add protein, iron, and other good stuff.

    Get the Recipe @ platingsandpairings

    9. Curry Chicken and Quinoa Soup

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - curry soup.

    If you’d prefer a soup dish, we have you covered there as well! This curry chicken and quinoa soup is flavorful and hearty. It’s filled with great ingredients like vegetables, protein-packed quinoa, chicken, chickpeas, and tons of spices.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    10. How to Cook Fluffy Quinoa

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - fluffy quinoa.

    Some people prefer to make their quinoa fluffier. If regular quinoa didn’t do it for you, try making it fluffy. It comes out fluffy, soft, and light – but it’s not mushy at all. It’s a perfect grain to cook ahead of time so you can use it throughout the week.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    11. Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - fruit salad.

    This honey lime quinoa fruit salad is bursting with fresh flavors thanks to the delicious ingredients. It has quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, mangos, and more! They all combine to create a wonderfully creative and tasty fruit salad.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritc

    12. Chicken and Quinoa Tortilla Soup

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - tortilla soup.

    Are you craving some chicken soup, but want it to be healthier? Well regardless of whether or not that describes you, you should give this chicken and quinoa tortilla soup a try. It’s filled with fiber and protein, and it’s cozy and comforting.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    13. Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - tacos.

    Everyone loves tacos, and these quinoa, black bean, and corn tacos are sure to become a new favorite for you and your family. Using the quinoa as a meat replacement works perfectly, and helps make the dish healthy and vegetarian.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    14. Healthy Quinoa Salad

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - healthy quinoa salad.

    Another awesome salad on this list is this healthy quinoa salad. Quinoa salads are already pretty healthy, but this one is made with chickpeas, black beans, mangos, and avocados to keep it healthy and interesting.

    Get the Recipe @ foodiecrush

    15. Easy Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - Mexican casserole.

    It’s always nice to make a recipe that’s easy, and this easy Mexican chicken quinoa casserole lives up to its name! It’s made with blistered peppers, quinoa, black beans, spicy chicken, and pepperjack cheese. All the ingredients create a marvelous casserole.

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    16. Quinoa Enchilada Bake (One Pan)

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - enchilada bake.

    If you love recipes that only require one pan, you’ll love this quinoa enchilada. It uses sweet potatoes, black beans, and fire-roasted corn. It’s also vegetarian and vegan! It’s perfect if you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal.

    Get the Recipe @ dishingouthealth

    17. Asian Quinoa Salad

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - Asian salad.

    This Asian quinoa salad is super healthy and filled with colorful vegetables and ingredients like carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, and edamame. The salad is covered in a simple Asian dressing that you’re sure to love.

    Get the Recipe @ twopeasandtheirpod

    18. Mexican Quinoa

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - Mexican quinoa.

    Another dish that’s filled with colorful vegetables is this marvelous Mexican quinoa. It uses Tex-Mex spices, hearty black beans, and tons of tasty vegetables like bell peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, corn, and even more!

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    19. Summer Quinoa Salad

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - summer salad.

    This summer quinoa salad is healthy, tasty, and easy to make! It uses a hearty quinoa, and various fruits and vegetables like peaches, tomatoes, corn, red onions, avocados, fresh basil, and more. The salad is also drizzled with a refreshing homemade lemon dressing.

    Get the Recipe @ twopeasandtheirpod

    20. Taco Lettuce Wraps with Turkey & Quinoa

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - lettuce wraps.

    Whether or not it’s Tuesday, it’s taco time! These taco lettuce wraps with turkey and quinoa make a meal that’s hearty, protein packed, and healthy. It’s super delicious, and it’s also quick and easy to prepare, you’ll be sure to love it!

    Get the Recipe @ platingsandpairings

    21. Pomegranate Orange Quinoa Salad

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - pomegranate salad.

    This pomegranate orange quinoa salad is mouthwateringly great. It uses spinach, quinoa, mandarine oranges, and crunchy pistachios to create a salad that’s beautiful and delicious. It’s also covered in a creamy lemon Greek yogurt dressing and feta cheese.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    22. Spicy Thai Chicken and Quinoa

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - Thai chicken and quinoa.

    If you’re looking for a spicy and flavorful dish, look no further. This spicy Thai chicken and quinoa recipe will set your taste buds on fire. The recipe uses chicken thighs for the chicken, and gets paired with quinoa, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, peanuts, and more.

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    23. Mushroom & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - stuffed acorn squash.

    It’s always a pleasure to make a dish that’s super unique, and that’s exactly what this mushroom and quinoa stuffed acorn squash recipe is! It’s a perfect recipe for fall or winter, and it’s also totally meatless, so it’s great for if you want to skip the meat.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyquinoa

    24. Healthy Kale and Quinoa Minestrone Soup Recipe

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - minestrone soup.

    This healthy kale and quinoa minestrone soup recipe is healthy, delicious, and sure to impress the whole family. It’s packed with veggies and beans for a ton of nutrition.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    25. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice with Quinoa

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - fried rice.

    If you’ve been waiting for a fried rice recipe on this list, your waiting is over! This Thai pineapple fried rice with quinoa uses a few different vegetables, and gets beautifully sautéed. Best of all, you can make it in about ten minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    26. Quinoa Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - crunch salad.

    Sometimes, you just want salad to have a nice crunch. This quinoa crunch salad with peanut dressing is super crunchy, and filled with crunchy rainbow vegetables, fluffy quinoa, juicy fresh mangos, chili lime cashews, and a creamy peanut dressing.

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    27. One-Pot Chicken, Quinoa, Mushrooms & Spinach Recipe

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - one pan chicken and quinoa.

    Another recipe that’s refreshingly easy to make is this one-pot chicken, quinoa, mushrooms, and spinach recipe. Not only is it already super easy to make because it only uses one pot, but the clean up is easy too, so it’s great for a quick and casual meal.

    Get the Recipe @ cookincanuck

    28. Caribbean Salmon Quinoa Bowls

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - Caribbean bowls.

    These Caribbean salmon quinoa bowls create a healthy and filling dinner that’s perfect for a laid-back weeknight. The bowls use grilled salmon that gets served on top of quinoa, black beans, and a homemade mango salsa.

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

    29. One Pan Cheesy Quinoa Taco Skillet

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - taco skillet.

    Another awesome one pan recipe is this one pan cheesy quinoa taco skillet. It can be made in about thirty minutes, so it’s quick and healthy. It’s filled with turkey, quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and Mexican spices.

    Get the Recipe @ joyfulhealthyeats

    30. Lemon-Chili Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - shrimp quinoa bowls.

    Continuing the list with another quinoa bowl recipe, we have these lemon-chili shrimp quinoa bowls. They’re perfect for lunch or dinner, and they make for an easy dish that’s perfect to prepare ahead of time for a busy day.

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    31. Enchilada Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - zucchini boats.

    All the delicious flavors of enchiladas are combined into these tasty stuffed zucchini. Best of all, they can be made very quickly, in under thirty minutes.

    Get the Recipe @ lecremedelacrumb

    32. Creamy Quinoa Soup

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - creamy soup.

    This creamy quinoa soup is super delicious, and it’s also packed with protein, essential vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. It’s Italian-inspired, and filled with carrots, onions, Italian seasoning, celery, cream, and more to create a wonderful soup.

    Get the Recipe @ platingsandpairings

    33. Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bowls

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - barbecue chicken bowls.

    If you’re looking for a healthy way to fill your chicken craving, try out these beautiful barbecue chicken quinoa bowls. They are loaded with a variety of toppings, and they get drizzled in an amazingly delicious creamy avocado drizzle.

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

    34. Cheesy Caprese Chicken & Quinoa Casserole

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - caprese casserole.

    This cheesy caprese chicken and quinoa casserole is healthy, hearty, and absolutely bursting with flavors. It’s amazingly cheesy, and also pretty easy to make, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a stress-free meal to make on a busy night.

    Get the Recipe @ eatyourselfskinny

    35. One-Pan Spring Tuscan Quinoa Bake

    The 35 BEST Quinoa Recipes - Tuscan bake.

    Last but certainly not least, we have this one-pan spring Tuscan quinoa bake. It makes for a wonderful comfort food, but unlike most comfort food, it’s also healthy, so you won’t feel any guilt for chowing down on it.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    So there you go, thirty five great recipes for those times you wonder “what to cook with quinoa?”

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    Quinoa recipes.

    35 BEST Ways to Cook Quinoa

    This collection of easy Quinoa Recipes will give you plenty of ways to cook that nutritious superfood. In a hurry? Try this microwave quinoa:


    • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
    • 2 cups of water
    • Pinch of salt


    1. Place quinoa, water and salt in a large microwave safe bowl and mix well.
    2. Cover with a plate and microwave on high for 6 minutes.
    3. Stir, place plate back on and microwave an additional 2 minutes.
    4. Let sit, covered, for about five minutes while remaining water absorbs.


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