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Recipes Tagged with “quinoa”

Bacon Quinoa with Almonds and Herbs

main course side dish bacon quinoa


  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 sage sprig
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper


Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast in the oven until golden brown, 4 minutes; let cool.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat until the fat has rendered, about 2 minutes. Add the shallot and cook, stirring a few times, until softened but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the quinoa, stock and sage and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the stock has been absorbed, about 17 minutes. Remove the quinoa from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Discard the sage and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Stir in the chives, parsley and toasted almonds. Season the quinoa with salt and pepper and serve.

Food & Wine

Cocoa-Dusted Lamb Chops with Pumpkin Quinoa Cakes

main course lamb pumpkin quinoa


Pumpkin Quinoa Cakes

  • 1 cup pumpkin, cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup sautéed onion
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/2 cup buttered breadcrumbs


  • 4 lamb chops
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika


Pumpkin Quinoa Cakes: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Pat out 1/4 cup of mixture into a patty and dear on both sides in about two tablespoons of oils until seated & heated through on both sides.

Lamb: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Add chops to the mixture and let marinate overnight. Roast in the oven until desired internal temperature is reached (about 120 degrees because of thinness).

Edible Nashville

Thai Quinoa Salad

main course side dish quinoa salad thai untested


For the Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint or basil

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from 3-4 limes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Add quinoa, salt and 1-2/3 cups water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. (If necessary add 1-2 tablespoons more water in cooking.) Transfer to a serving bowl and let cool in the refrigerator.

In the meantime, make the dressing by combining the lime juice, fish sauce, vegetable oil, sugar and crushed red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Once the quinoa is cool, add the red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, scallions, fresh herbs and dressing. Toss well, then taste and adjust seasoning with more salt, sugar and lime juice if necessary. Chill.

Once Upon a Chef

Crisp Quinoa Cakes

main course side dish quinoa untested vegan vegetarian


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon wedges for serving


Put the quinoa, a large pinch of salt and 2 1/4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then adjust the heat so that the mixture bubbles gently. Cover, and cook, stirring once, until the grains are very tender and begin to burst, 25 to 30 minutes. When they are starchy and thick, transfer them to a large bowl to cool for a few minutes.

Heat the oven to 200. Fold the almonds, shallots, rosemary and mustard into the quinoa, and add a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. With your hands, form the mixture into 8 patties.

Put 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is warm, cook 4 cakes at a time until the bottoms are nicely browned and crisp, about 4 minutes. Flip, and brown on the other side, another 4 minutes. Transfer the cakes to the oven to keep warm while you cook the second batch with another tablespoon of oil. Serve with lemon wedges.

Alternatives: Instead of the almonds, shallots, rosemary and Dijon – 1/4 cup pine nuts, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, or – 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup chopped scallions, and 1 tbsp Sriracha.

The New York Times

Quinoa with Spiced Lentil Dal

main course indian lentil quinoa untested vegan vegetarian


For the quinoa:

  • 3/4 cup regular blond quinoa
  • 1/4 cup red quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt, to taste

For the dal:

  • 1 cup brown or split yellow lentils (toor dal), rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1/2 medium onion (intact), peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or 1/4 cup tamarind water (made from soaking 1 tablespoon tamarind paste in warm water for 10 minutes; optional)
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil, canola oil, safflower oil or sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup finely minced red bell pepper
  • 1 plump garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro


1. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly and combine with the water and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until the white quinoa displays a little white spiral. Turn off the heat, remove the lid and place a dish towel over the top of the pot. Return the lid and let sit for 15 minutes. The quinoa will now be fluffy. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, combine the lentils, ginger, turmeric and onion half (don’t chop it) with 1 quart water and salt to taste (about 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons) and bring to a gentle boil. Stir only once to make sure there are no lentils sticking to the bottom of the pot. Reduce the heat to medium – the lentils should simmer briskly – and cook uncovered until the lentils are tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in the lime juice or tamarind concentrate and add another 1/2 cup water. Stir together and simmer for another minute. Turn off the heat and using an immersion blender, an Indian mathani (a wooden tool used for mashing dal) or a wooden Mexican hot chocolate mixer, partially pureé the dal. It should be thick but not like a pureed soup.

3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a small saucepan or small frying pan (such as an 8-inch omelet pan). Add the cumin seeds and allow to sizzle, stirring, for 10 seconds. Add the garlic and cook until lightly colored, about 15 seconds. Add the red pepper and cook until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour over the lentils. Add the cayenne pepper and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro and stir gently. Taste and adjust seasoning.

4. Serve the quinoa with the dal spooned on top. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.

Serves 4 to 6

Martha Rose Shulman, New York Times

Quinua Amarilla [Yellow Quinoa]

main course side dish peruvian quinoa


  • 1 1/2 c. quinoa
  • 2 1/2 c. water
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tbsp. aji amarillo paste
  • 2 tbsp. “Delicioso adobo” (follows)
  • 3 tbsp. flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • salt to taste

Delicioso adobo

  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder or flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon achiote powder (ground annato)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt


Rinse the quinoa well and dry it in a colander. Put it in a medium saucepan, add the water and cook for 20 minutes or until the quinoa starts to pop. Drain it. Put the oil and butter in a large pan. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook until the onion is transparent, 5-7 minutes. dd the aji amarillo paste, the “Delicioso adobo,” the parsley (save a bit for garnish), and salt to taste. Add the drained quinoa and mix completely. Serve hot with the rest of the parsley sprinkled on top.

Ingrid Hoffman, Delta Sky Magazine (trans. from Spanish)

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

main course side dish mango quinoa untested vegan vegetarian


  • 1 mango, peeled and diced small
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 c. thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 c. cooked quinoa, cooled (~3/4 c. raw)
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 finely diced jalapeño peppers (optional)


Mix everything together and serve over greens.

Penzey’s Spices

Quinoa, Garbanzo, and Spinach Salad

main course side dish quinoa vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa (9 to 10 ounces), rinsed, drained
  • 4 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves
  • 2 15- to 16-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed, drained
  • 1 3/4 cups 1/3-inch cubes unpeeled English hothouse cucumber
  • 1 1-pint container multicolored baby heirloom tomatoes, halved (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely crumbled feta cheese (about 7 ounces), divided
  • 1/4 cup Sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Place quinoa in large saucepan; add enough salted water to cover quinoa by 1 inch. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 16 minutes. Drain. Chill until cool.

Meanwhile, combine spinach leaves, garbanzos, cubed cucumber, halved tomatoes, mint leaves, and half of feta cheese in extra-large bowl. Add cooled quinoa and toss gently to blend.

Whisk vinegar and smoked paprika in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining feta over.

Bon Appetit, July 2010

Curried Quinoa Salad

main course side dish quinoa salad vegetarian


  • 2 c. water
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 2 tsp. curry powder or garam masala
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • Yogurt-cumin dressing, recipe below


Heat the water to boil in a large saucepan. Add the quinoa and curry powder; lower heat to a simmer. Cover pan; cook 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the green onions, chickpeas, carrots and cranberries in a large bowl; arrange on top of quinoa, or stir all ingredients together. Serve drizzled with dressing.

Yogurt-cumin dressing: Combine 1 c. plain non-fat yogurt, 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro, 3 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. each grated lemon zest and hot chili sauce, and 1/4 tsp. ground cumin in a small bowl. Refrigerate before serving.

You can substitute a 4-oz. piece of cooked salmon, tuna, or other fish for the chickpeas. Also, the dressing is optional.

Chicago Tribune

Quinoa with Grilled Zucchini, Garbanzo Beans, and Cumin

side dish quinoa vegan vegetarian zucchini


  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, divided
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa (about 6 ounces), rinsed well, drained
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini (about 5), trimmed, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


Combine garbanzo beans and lemon juice in large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons oil; press in garlic and stir to combine. Let marinate at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups water, quinoa, and coarse salt; bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 16 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare barbecue (medium high heat). Place zucchini on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Toss to coat evenly.

Place zucchini on grill; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Grill until tender and browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to work surface. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Add zucchini, green onions, and parsley, then garbanzo bean mixture to quinoa. Toss to blend. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Bon Appetit, August 2008