Quinoa Renaissance: 22 Inspired Recipes to Rediscover Your Love for this Grain

Think you don’t like quinoa? Or maybe you do love it, but have become bored. We have 22 recipes that are going to light up your palate and imagination. From Kale Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Green Beans, Feta & Pecans and Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad With Apples & Pistachios, to Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Pesto, Easy Quinoa Edamame Salad, and so many more. Nutritious AND delicious!

Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

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Our Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad is hearty enough for a main dish at lunch, or add a small amount of roasted meat, chicken, fish or tofu for dinner. Combined with fresh herbs and nuts and fresh, juicy pomegranate seeds, this is a memorable salad. Company worthy. Get the recipe.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Green Beans, Feta & Pecans

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This salad has it all going for it. The title says it all: Kale Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Feta & Pecans. I served this at my wedding and believe me, even kale “haters” were smitten. Get the recipe.

Grape Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Almonds

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For a quick, healthy meal the whole family will love, you’ve got to try this delicious grape quinoa salad! The perfectly cooked quinoa is mixed with sliced almonds, green onions, sweet red grapes and fresh spinach. The whole dish is topped off with a tangy orange dressing that brings the whole thing together. It’s great for a quick dinner with some rotisserie chicken, but it also makes the best side dish for the holidays or a potluck! {Gluten-free & vegan-friendly}. Get the recipe.

Massaged Kale Quinoa Salad

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My go-to kale salad! This Massaged Kale Quinoa Salad is super simple, loaded with plant protein, vitamins, and healthy fats (yet, oil-free!) It has tons of flavor and texture! Even the kids gobble this one up! And it only takes about 20 minutes to make! Get the recipe.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls

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Roasted vegetables, healthy plant protein, lots of texture, bursts of fresh flavor, and a creamy Cashew Curry Sauce to bring it all together. These Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls, made in under an hour, are a delicious meal suitable for any night of the week. Get the recipe.

Quinoa Veggie Bowl

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An easy, plant based meal that celebrates the bounty of spring. This Quinoa Veggie Bowl will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied. A big dollop of pesto brings tons of bright, fresh flavor. Get the recipe.

Greens & Grains Power Lunch

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All of the ingredients for this Greens & Grains Power Lunch can be prepped at the start of the week, and you’re all set for easy, healthful and delicious meals for days to come! Naturally gluten free, dairy free and vegan! Get the recipe.

Greek Quinoa Salad With Feta

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Get ready for a flavor explosion in your mouth! This Greek Quinoa Salad is loaded with delicious Mediterranean flavors and is perfect for meal prep since it tastes better the longer that it sits. Easy to make and great for those barbecues, picnics and weeknight meals! {Gluten-free & Vegetarian}. Get the recipe.

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad With Apples & Pistachios

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This Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad with spinach and apples is a delicious, flavorful dish that’s perfect for fall and winter. It’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner, yet fancy enough for entertaining. Gluten-free and vegan. Get the recipe.

Tricolor Quinoa Salad

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We adore this delicious vegan tri-color quinoa salad mixed with sweet roasted baby peppers, caramelized eggplant and tangy lemon. All tossed together with a zesty lemon garlic dressing. This is the perfect side dish recipe for potlucks and parties. Get the recipe.

Vegan Quinoa Poke Bowl

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This vegan quinoa poke bowl is rich in nutrients, great for meal prep, and fully customizable. You will love the components we have put together and the delicious mint sauce we top it with. This quinoa poke bowl is a delightful, delicious, and visually appealing rainbow poke bowl that is great for meal prep, and you will surely love it. Get the recipe.

Quinoa Edamame Salad 

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This Quinoa Edamame Salad recipe offers a delicious blend of protein rich quinoa and edamame with a variety of other fresh vegetables creating a satisfying and nourishing dish you’ll come back to again and again. Get the recipe.

Harvest Grain Bowl

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Looking for the perfect protein-packed bowl of goodness to keep you powered through the day? This harvest grain bowl will do just that! In fact, it’s loaded with quinoa, chicken, sweet potatoes, beans, greens, feta, and Refrigerator Pickled Onions and then topped off with an easy cilantro-lime vinaigrette. It’s guaranteed to satisfy whatever craving you have at the moment. Get the recipe.

Tex Mex Cucumber Boats

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Tex Mex cucumber boats have a deliciously easy Tex Mex quinoa salad filling. Fresh and flavorful, these quinoa bean cucumber boats make a great lunch or dinner. Get the recipe.

Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Pesto

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Upgrade your lunch game with this easy-to-make Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Pesto! It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The nutty quinoa provides a filling base, while the roasted asparagus and peas add flavorful savory contrast. Get the recipe.

Mediterranean Grain Bowls

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These Mediterranean Grain Bowls feature fluffy quinoa, crispy garlic herb roasted chickpeas, lemony cucumber tomato salad, creamy avocado, and an easy hummus dressing. They’re packed with flavor and nutrients and have become a dinner time staple in our house! Get the recipe.

Kale Quinoa Salad With Chickpeas & Avocado

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This delicious kale quinoa salad with chickpeas, avocado, and preserved lemon dressing is the perfect dinner salad or make-ahead work lunch. Top it with more plant-based ingredients to make it your own! Get the recipe.

BBQ Hawaiian Tofu Bowl

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These vegan BBQ Hawaiian Tofu Bowls feature a sweet and savory mix of protein, vegetables, and carbs. Quick and easy to make, gluten-free, and incredibly delicious! Ready in just 30 minutes! Get the recipe.

Easy Quinoa Edamame Salad

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Embrace the crunch and freshness of our quinoa edamame salad with a delicious Asian Salad Dressing. This recipe combines protein-packed quinoa and edamame with crisp, colorful veggies. The kicker? A homemade Asian-inspired vinaigrette that pulls it all together. It’s an easy, versatile dish that’s perfect for a quick lunch or a standout side at dinner parties. With its vibrant flavors and wholesome ingredients, this salad is more than just a meal; it’s a healthy culinary experience. Let’s get started! Get the recipe.

Edamame Quinoa Salad With Sesame Ginger Dressing

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This edamame quinoa salad with sesame ginger dressing is flavorful, healthy and so easy to make. I often eat a big bowl of this for lunch or dinner. It’s hearty enough to keep you full!

I love making this over the weekend and packing it in meal prep containers for lunch. Get the recipe.

Warm Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad With Creamy Sesame Dressing

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If you’ve never tried a warm quinoa salad, then you are in for a treat! This bowl is filled with roasted, caramelized veggies mixed with a savory crunchy quinoa, fresh avocado, feta crumbles, pumpkin seeds, and a creamy mouthwatering toasted sesame dressing. This is the best nourishing warm salad that you will want to make over and over again. Get the recipe.

Easy Quinoa Black Bean Salad

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This easy quinoa black bean salad is a hearty and refreshing salad that comes together in just 30 minutes! Quinoa and black beans are tossed with fresh vegetables like cucumber, bell pepper and carrot and topped with a zesty chili lime dressing. Perfect for meal prep, potlucks and as a side during grilling season! Get the recipe.

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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