Our Best Quinoa Recipes

There's not many ingredients more versatile than quinoa. This high-protein seed is used much like a grain and serves as the base for bowls, salads and even pizza crust.

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Quinoa Bowl with Chicken and Avocado Cream

Every grain bowl should have a successful balance of crunchiness, creaminess and bold flavor. In this Mexican-inspired bowl, the crunchy tortilla chips and roasted pepitas are nicely complemented by avocado cream and hearty quinoa. Make a big batch of quinoa and keep it frozen in re-sealable bags for up to 1 month; thaw and reheat as needed. Having an arsenal of the premade stuff in your freezer will help cut down prep time on busy nights.

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Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Quinoa takes on a whole new flavor when infused with orange zest and dressed with fresh citrus juice; it makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled scallops.

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Teriyaki Salmon Quinoa Bowls

Punch up your quinoa with Asian-inspired flavor by adding soy sauce and scallion. For an easy, tasty dinner, top the quinoa with shiitake mushrooms, bok choy and teriyaki-marinated salmon.

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Herbed Quinoa

Nutty and protein-packed, quinoa doesn't need much dressing up: A simple vinaigrette and some chopped herbs are enough to turn this grain into a hearty side for fish, chicken or meat.

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Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

Red bell peppers make colorful shells for a fluffy quinoa and Rachael's chile, eggplant and zucchini stuffing. Serve the stuffed peppers topped with crumbled feta for a hearty vegetarian meal that even meat eaters will love.

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Asian Chicken and Quinoa Salad

This delicious, colorful salad is a great way to introduce quinoa to your family.

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Quinoa Crust Pizza

Quinoa makes for a chewy crust reminiscent of pizza dough but with an extra earthiness. You can prepare the crust ahead of time, then top and bake just before serving.

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Kale and Quinoa Salad

Valerie says that quinoa is the perfect grain substitute because of its high protein content. When paired with blanched kale, her salad has a hearty bite without tasting bitter.

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Mexican Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

This high-protein and fiber-loaded breakfast bowl is the answer for those who dislike sweet breakfast foods. You can thank the quinoa for about half the total protein. We like the red variety because it holds its shape during cooking and has the benefit of extra antioxidants. Make the quinoa ahead of time, and heat it in the microwave before topping.

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Lentil Quinoa Salad

Melissa’s trick for perfect quinoa? She microwaves the grain until it’s nutty, chewy and tender. Once cooked, she combines the quinoa with lentils, scallion and cilantro to make a foolproof side dish that’s kind to your budget.

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Chicken and Quinoa Soup

Say goodbye to soggy noodles. With fresh veggies and fiber-rich quinoa, this easy soup is the perfect pick-me-up for those times you crave comfort food, but still want to eat a healthy meal.

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Vegan Quinoa-Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

This stuffed squash isn't trying to trick you into thinking it's stuffed with meat. And it doesn't have to. The quinoa filling is satisfying enough on its own, full of spiced warmth (thanks to the curry powder) and salty sweetness (from the pistachios and cranberries).

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Instant Pot Chicken with Quinoa, Pistachios and Apricots

This is going to be your new go-to healthy weeknight dinner. Full of protein and fiber, this dish is light, yet very satisfying. The heat of the chile and ginger balance out the sweetness of the apricot, and the pistachios provide a pleasant crunch.

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Quinoa Shrimp Fried "Rice"

This shrimp-and-vegetable fried rice actually sidelines the rice in favor of quinoa, which increases the nutrition and adds a gorgeous texture.

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Quinoa Corn Chowder

Trisha loves this soup because it’s warm, hearty and delicious. In addition to golden quinoa, she uses frozen corn, shrimp and potatoes to bring the dish together.

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Quinoa with Chicken and Lentils

This low-calorie Middle Eastern-inspired dinner uses darkly browned onions and a few spices to develop big flavor without relying on extra fat. A small amount of leftover rotisserie chicken makes this balanced meal budget-friendly, too.

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Mexican Green Quinoa

Quinoa has Peruvian origins and was named the "mother grain" by the ancient Incas. Although it's actually a seed, quinoa is used in place of grains (and part of the same family as spinach) and it's high in protein and has a large nutrient-rich germ. Quinoa seeds are naturally coated in saponins, which have a bitter, soapy taste, so be sure to thoroughly rinse the grains before cooking them — or buy pre-rinsed quinoa. Serve this simple but delicious dish alongside grilled chicken or enchiladas.

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Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Bobby mixes up a cool simple salad of quinoa, grilled asparagus and aged goat cheese dressed with a red wine vinaigrette. Make it ahead and serve at room temperature in place of pasta salad if you're looking to up the healthy factor at your next backyard barbecue.

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Quinoa with Buttery Roasted Vegetables

Ree combines quinoa with roasted veggies, pine nuts, parmesan and a buttery dressing in this delicious dish. Serve it hot or cold — either way, it’s a great side for any protein.

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Greek Quinoa Salad

Bobby’s five-star salad is a fan-favorite for a reason. It’s full of healthy (and hearty!) quinoa and fresh veggies, plus a sprinkle of creamy, salty feta. Bonus: The flavors continue to develop as the salad sits, so feel free to prepare in advance!

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