High in protein and fiber, quinoa [KEEN-wah] is not only versatile, it also tastes wonderful and has a nice crunch. Find 24 delicious recipes for cooking with this ancient whole grain.
A good gluten-free source of protein, iron, and fiber, quinoa is a quick and flavorful way to get in a serving of whole grains.
About the size of pellets of couscous, quinoa cooks in about 20 minutes. The only special handling required with quinoa is
to give it a good rinse before cooking; otherwise, the grains can be bitter.
First up, Quinoa Tabbouleh. Traditionally made with bulgar, our version of the Middle Eastern salad features quinoa along with other traditional ingredients: fresh herbs, tomato, and cucumber.
View Recipe: Quinoa Tabbouleh
Watch: How to Make Quinoa
Blood orange and kumquats work in perfect harmony with quinoa. Beets, avocado, and fresh cilantro add an extra dosage of flavors
and textures to this citrusy salad.
View Recipe: Beet, Blood Orange, Kumquat, and Quinoa Salad
Roasted bell pepper gives this dish a delightful boost. You'll love how the Spanish smoked paprika adds to the dimension of
View Recipe: Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
Bajane is a Provençal term for the midday meal. Chickpeas are a staple in Provence, where they are often stewed and served with
pasta and vegetables. In this version, chickpeas, leeks, carrots, fennel, and spinach are served atop quinoa.
View Recipe: Chickpea Bajane
Grain salads make great side dishes. This quinoa salad with artichoke hearts, fresh thyme and parsley, and lemon zest is elegant
enough for company, yet quick enough for weeknight dinners.
View Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Artichokes and Parsley
You can serve this herby, fruity side at room temperature or chilled.
View Recipe: Quinoa with Dried Cherries and Pistachios
After a recent trip to Israel, reader Pam Riesenberg was inspired to include more quinoa and fresh salads in her family's
meals. "It's a very healthy cuisine, and quinoa figures into the Israeli diet a lot." Now she's spreading the word through
cooking classes and sharing her recipe with us.
View Recipe: Quinoa and Parsley Salad
Cook quinoa with curry powder and crushed garlic for Indian-inspired flavor. We like the heat that Madras curry powder brings,
but use regular curry powder if you prefer.
View Recipe: Curried Quinoa Salad with Cucumber-Mint Raita
Sauté leeks, mushrooms, and chopped red bell pepper in dry white wine to top quinoa for a hearty meatless entrée. Sprinkle
crushed walnuts on top for the dish just before serving for an extra dose of crunch.
View Recipe: Quinoa with Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms
Cooked in broth, quinoa has even more flavor. Lima beans, black beans, and tofu add extra protein and fiber to this satisfying
vegetarian salad, which contains about 10 grams of protein per serving.
View Recipe: Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing
You can cook the squash, prepare the filling, and refrigerate up to two days ahead. Then assemble and bake just before serving.
View Recipe: Quinoa-Stuffed Squash
Sake's nutty flavor complements the quinoa and helps tenderize the salmon. This method is a quick way to cure the fish.
View Recipe: Quick-Cured Sake Salmon with Quinoa
After a year of marriage, reader Mary Ellen Smith tired of preparing the same basic dishes every night. Five years later,
after poring through recipes, Smith discovered quinoa. "It was new to me, so I chose ingredients from one of my favorite cuisines,
Italian." With endless options, Smith turned to the mellow nuttiness of roasted garlic to balance the tart flavor of tomato
in this side dish recipe.
View Recipe: Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, and Spinach
We call for dried apricots, however if apricots are in season where you live, by all means substitute fresh—about 6, coarsely
chopped—in place of the dried.
View Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Apricots and Pistachios
These cakes are served with a simple tartar sauce to cool down the Cajun-style spice rub.
View Recipe: Cajun Crab and Quinoa Cakes
Sometimes the best "steak" comes in the form of ripe, juicy beefsteak tomato slices, as in this easy gratin. Serve with a
salad of fresh summer greens.
View Recipe: Tomato, Squash, and Red Pepper Gratin
The health benefits of this gluten-free ancient grain are spectacular. Red quinoa makes a beautiful main-dish salad, but you
can use whichever color you’d like.
View Recipe: Red Quinoa Salad
The perfect side-dish companion to a variety of meat-based main dishes, including fish, chicken, and steak, this quinoa recipe
is simple and delicious.
View Recipe: Quinoa with Toasted Pine Nuts
These tomatoes are stuffed full with super-healthy quinoa, sweet fresh corn, poblano chiles, and lots of shredded cheese.
Fresh lime juice adds a burst of citrus freshness. It's a delicious side or meatless main.
View Recipe: Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn, and Green Chiles
Quinoa, shrimp, and chickpeas pack a triple punch of protein into this tasty dish.
View Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad
Like most whole grains, quinoa is surprisingly filling, but if you need more for breakfast, serve with an egg on the side.
View Recipe: Breakfast Quinoa
Sliced, toasted almonds balance the thinly sliced green onions in this beautiful red quinoa dish. If you can’t find red quinoa,
regular works just as well.
View Recipe: Nutty Almond-Sesame Red Quinoa
To make ahead, leave out the greens and keep the quinoa mixture covered in the refrigerator up to two days. Add spinach just
before serving. To tame the heat, seed the chile or substitute chopped red bell pepper.
View Recipe: Spicy Bean and Quinoa Salad with "Mole" Vinaigrette