Quinoa Recipes

Protein-packed and full of nutrients, quinoa is one of the healthiest 'super foods' available. Find here tips on how to cook quinoa as well as delicious recipes, such as quinoa salads, soups and breakfast.

Staff Picks

Lemony Chicken-Quinoa Soup

Brighten up a chilly day with this nutritious chicken soup that's loaded with feel-good ingredients like quinoa, carrots, and chicken. Lemon slices and juice stirred in towards the end perk up the flavors and bring a little sunshine to your dinner table.

Breakfast Quinoa

Rating: 3.5 stars 1228
Usually served in savory side dishes, quinoa -- a high-protein seed -- also makes a wonderful hot cereal.

Coconut-Raspberry Breakfast Pudding

Whole grains and berries give each bowl of this nourishing vegan breakfast 5 grams of fiber, which keeps cholesterol in check and can increase heart health. The coconut milk makes the pudding creamy and completely dairy-free.

How to Cook Quinoa

We love this diminutive grain for its gentle nutty flavor, speedy preparation time, and exceptional nutritional profile. Whether you choose white, red, black, or a rainbow blend, our basic recipe turns out perfectly cooked quinoa every time.

Warm Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 13
Quick-cooking quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with protein, iron, and fiber. It is also the foundation for a main-course salad with chicken and springy vegetables. This one-pan recipe comes from our book "One Pot."

Quinoa Muffins

Rating: 3 stars 561
Instead of oat or bran muffins, try these moist breakfast treats to fuel your morning. Substitute other chopped dried fruit for the raisins, if you like.

Quinoa-and-Spinach Pilaf

Rating: 3.5 stars 175
This quick-cooking, whole-grain side is good with beef short ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers.

Quinoa Cereal

Rating: 4 stars 137
Try this instead of oatmeal some morning.

Tilapia and Quinoa with Feta and Cucumber

Rating: 3.5 stars 218
Protein will keep you full longer, and this recipe has two lean sources of it.

Quinoa Cakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 280
Start the morning off right with these pancakes made from quinoa, an ancient grain that is high in protein and dietary fiber.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Everything you love about the Mediterranean salad—salty feta, briny olives, juicy tomatoes, and crisp cucumbers—but heartier, thanks to the addition of nutty quinoa.

Quinoa and Green Bean Salad

Parsley spruces up this side salad of protein-rich quinoa and crunchy green beans.

Inspiration and Ideas

Super-Grain Soup with Watercress and Mushrooms
When cold and flu season hits, this warming Super-Grain Soup with Watercress and Mushrooms can serve as either prevention or cure. Packed to the gills with superfoods like peppery watercress, earthy mushrooms, and nutty quinoa, it'll be just what the doctor ordered.
Quinoa Salad with Zucchini, Mint, and Pistachios
Rating: Unrated 167
Everyone will love the combination of flavors and textures in this vegan quinoa salad: garlicky sauteed zucchini, delicate scallions, crunchy roasted pistachios, and fragrant fresh mint.
Quinoa with Caramelized Corn and Scallions

With a few healthy swaps, classic summer dishes like sautéed corn can pack outsize nutritional benefits. Quinoa offers a boost of fiber and protein to the caramelized corn and scallion mixture. Instead of cooking the corn with all butter, supplementing with olive oil infuses the dish with healthy fats while still keeping the buttery taste we all love with corn.