14 Healthy Quinoa Recipes

This protein-packed, gluten-free grain is the key to a balanced meal. Here are some of our favorite recipes highlighting this superfood.
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A favorite of gluten-free gurus, quinoa has been grown for centuries in the Andes of South America, where the Incas dubbed it their “Mother Grain.” It’s not a grain at all, in fact, but a seed that’s botanically closer to swiss chard and beets. It’s often lumped in with other grains, however, since it cooks up similarly and retains many of the same nutrients.

Quinoa seeds are small, round and typically tan in color but also come in red, black and purple. Rinsing quinoa before cooking helps to remove the seeds’ bitter-tasting hulls, leaving a mild, nutty flavor that lends itself well to soups, salads, rice-like sides and stir-frys.

Quinoa also makes for a protein-packed filler in veggie burgers and burritos. In fact, quinoa is one of the only plant-based “complete” proteins, offering all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make on their own. This supergrain is gluten-free and rich in iron, calcium, potassium, and fiber. 

We rounded up 14 of our all-time favorite healthy quinoa recipes and put them all in one place for you right here. 

Cooked Quinoa

Cooked Quinoa recipe

Cooked Quinoa

High in protein and fiber, quinoa is not only versatile, it also tastes wonderful. We can't get enough of this grain. Cook it ahead and use it in recipes throughout the week.

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Not-Your-Average Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Creamy Vinaigrette

Not Your Average Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Creamy Vinaigrette recipe

Not-Your-Average Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Creamy Vinaigrette

Make this ahead and have lunch on hand for several days - simply refrigerate salad and dressing separately and combine in the morning or right before eating.

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Peruvian Quinoa Bowl

Peruvian Quinoa Bowl recipe

Peruvian Quinoa Bowl

Causa is a Peruvian layered dish with potatoes and seafood or chicken. Typically, it’s layered into a ring mold to make a cylindrical shape, but we’ve reimagined it into a bowl packed with crisp, fresh vegetables.

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Dijon Chicken & Quinoa Skillet with Baby Kale & Cranberries

Dijon Chicken & Quinoa Skillet 

Dijon Chicken & Quinoa Skillet 

A zesty maple Dijon sauce tops this protein-packed skillet meal that’s loaded with good-for-you kale and studded with cranberries for a pop of tart-sweetness.

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Quinoa Jambalaya

Quinoa Jambalaya recipe

Quinoa Jambalaya

You won't miss the rice in this high-protein, low-carb quinoa jambalaya. We also mix in lean chicken sausage, shrimp and plenty of good-for-you veggies.

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Quinoa-Crusted Fish with Plum Chutney

Quinoa-Crusted Fish with Plum Chutney

Quinoa-Crusted Fish with Plum Chutney

You’ll adore this crispy fish, lightly coated in gorgeous red quinoa and kissed with plum chutney.

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Indian Coconut Chicken Curry with Spinach & Quinoa

Indian Coconut Chicken Curry with Spinach and Quinoa

Indian Coconut Chicken Curry with Spinach & Quinoa

For an extra dose of flavor, we looked to vadouvan, a mild French-style curry powder that usually contains shallots and garlic. You can find it at specialty spice shops and online, though any mild curry powder will work.

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Moroccan Chicken Stew with Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa

Moroccan Chicken Stew with Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa

Moroccan Chicken Stew with Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa

Aromatic spices, zesty lemon and salty olives bring authentic Moroccan flavor to this easy-to make stew.

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Beef Quinoa Mini Meatballs with Spiced Pomegranate Sauce & Mashed Cauliflower

Beef Quinoa Mini Meatballs recipe

Beef Quinoa Mini Meatballs recipe

These lean beef meatballs get topped with an exotic-tasting tomato sauce that features pomegranate molasses for a subtle tang and depth of flavor. Puréed cauliflower is a lighter, less-starchy stand-in for mashed potatoes. Garnish with additional cilantro springs.

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Cuban Black Bean & Quinoa Bowls with Plantain Chips

Cuban Black Bean & Quinoa Bowls with Plantain Chips

Cuban Black Bean & Quinoa Bowls

Crispy baked plantain chips and creamy cilantro sauce top this easy layered bowl for a variety of textures and a tropical salty-spicy, savory-sweet flavor combination. Use a paring knife to peel the plantains by cutting along the natural ridges and peeling the strips off with your knife.

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Broccoli, Kale & Cheddar Quiche with Savory Quinoa Crust

Broccoli, Kale & Cheddar Quiche 
with Savory Quinoa Crust

Broccoli, Kale & Cheddar Quiche 
with Savory Quinoa Crust

A cheesy quinoa crust makes a delicious, higher-protein swap for the traditional flour and butter quiche crust. Swap out the Tuscan kale in the filling for baby kale or spinach if you prefer a milder flavor.

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Grilled Chicken & Peach Quinoa Salad

Grilled Chicken & Peach Quinoa Salad Recipe

Grilled Chicken & Peach Quinoa Salad

Bitter arugula’s got bite, but late-summer peaches and a citrusy maple dressing hit the sweet notes to give this seasonal salad the perfect balance of flavors. If taking this salad to go, store the dressing in a separate container and toss with the salad when you’re ready to eat.

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Spinach Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa Bowl recipe

Spinach Quinoa Bowl

Spinach and quinoa combine for a flavor-packed meatless bowl that comes together quickly for a healthy weeknight meal.

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Sunshine Cinnamon Nut Quinoa

Sunshine Cinnamon Nut Quinoa

Sunshine Cinnamon Nut Quinoa

Try this sweet and crunchy vegan breakfast recipe to start your day off right.

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