10 Healthy Quinoa Recipes

We rounded up 10 of our all-time favorite healthy quinoa recipes. Whether you’re looking for a healthy quinoa side dish, salad or main course, you can be sure that these healthy quinoa recipes are packed with delicious flavor and real ingredients.

healthy quinoa recipes

How To Cook Quinoa

Each of these recipes includes a quick way to cook quinoa. From baking to slow cooking to steaming, quinoa can be cooked in a variety of ways. One of our favorite kitchen hacks at Fit Foodie Finds is cooking quinoa in the microwave. This post gives you step-by-step instructions for how to cook quinoa in the microwave.

We also love cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot because it’s quick and the clean up is super simple. Check out this tutorial for how to cook quinoa in the Instant Pot. And, if you’re looking for a basic recipe for how to cook quinoa on the stovetop, see below!

Why We Love Quinoa

  • Quinoa is a great alternative to rice and packs a complete protein profile
  • It can be cooked quickly and easily
  • Quinoa is so versatile! And can be incorporated into so many recipes (sweet and savory! Hot and cold!)
  • It’s gluten-free
  • Quinoa is delicious!

Basic Quinoa Recipe

Ever wonder how to cook quinoa? All you need is quinoa and water to make this basic stove-top quinoa recipe in less than 20 minutes!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Lee Funke
Yield: 4 1x
Category: Side
Method: Stove-Top
Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or broth)


  1. Place quinoa and water into a medium pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, cover and turn down to low.
  3. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until all liquid has absorbed.
  4. Fluff with a fork.


  • Option to double or triple this recipe.
  • Storage: Let cool completely and then transfer into a glass container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 0
  • Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 6

Now onto our best healthy quinoa recipes!

Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake

Make this Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake for a high-protein, one-dish meal that the whole family will love! Meal prep at its finest!

Cashew chicken quinoa bake ready to be baked in the oven.

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Make this light and refreshing quinoa salad recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand! This flavorful Mexican salad is vegan and gluten-free and the perfect vegetarian meal to add to your rotation.

Mexican quinoa salad in a bowl ready to be served at your next dinner party.

Golden Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

This Golden Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad is a healthy, satisfying, and delicious salad that everyone in your family will love. It is great for a quick meal-prep lunch or a light quinoa salad for dinner. You can’t beat the savory tahini dressing with sweet raisins for the perfect sweet and savory combination!

Golden roasted cauliflower quinoa salad in a bowl with a fork

Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for a fresh, healthy, and delicious quinoa salad recipe, this Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad is perfect for any occasion! This Caprese salad is packed with protein, veggies, and all of your favorite summer flavors. All you need are cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, quinoa, and a healthy homemade dressing!

Fresh caprese quinoa salad in a bowl

Sheet Pan Meal Prep Tofu Quinoa Burrito Bowls

Throw all of the ingredients for this Meal Prep Sheet Pan Tofu Quinoa Burrito Bowls on a baking sheet and you’ve got a delicious, vegetarian meal ready for the entire week!

Meal prep sheet pan tofu quinoa burrito bowls in a meal prep glass container.

Meal Prep Chicken Cacciatore Quinoa Bake

Try this Meal-Prep Chicken Cacciatore Quinoa Bake for dinner this week. It has all of the delicious flavors and ingredients of traditional chicken cacciatore, but with a healthy and quick twist!

Chicken cacciatore quinoa bake served in a bowl

Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mexican Quinoa

This vegetarian slow cooker meal is so flavorful you won’t even miss the meat! Throw all of the ingredients for this Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mexican Quinoa in your crock pot for an easy weeknight dinner that’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Slow cooker sweet potato Mexican quinoa in a bowl served with avocado and greek yogurt

Healthy Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls

Get ready for meal prep madness. These Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls are out of this world- a vegetarian meal packed with protein, veggies, and flavor!

Thai coconut quinoa bowl with peanut dressing served in a bowl

Healthy Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake

Looking for a lightened-up dinner that will feed the whole family? Make this protein-packed (and veggie-packed!) chicken parmesan quinoa bake in just 60-minutes!

Chicken parmesan quinoa bake in a dish

Meal Prep Vegetarian Kung Pao Quinoa Bowls

These Vegetarian Kung Pao Quinoa Bowls are the perfect meal prep recipe to make so you can enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner the entire week!

Vegetarian kung pao quinoa bowl served in a dish
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