Quinoa Side Dish Recipes

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Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

Rating: 4.5 stars 206
This creamy pilaf incorporates the fluffy, nutty-flavored grain, quinoa, with a decadent and delicious goat cheese gouda. This has an amazing flavor and texture. Try serving with steamed salmon. I think this would work well with pine nuts as well as a variety of other cheeses. Try regular goat, Parmesan, blue, etc.

Simple Savory Quinoa

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
A savory side dish, tasty yet simple, with carrots, celery, onions and quinoa. I always cut my veggies really small, more like mincing because I don't like chunky veggies. It is always optional to cut this small. This would probably taste great with rice as well.

Quinoa with Asian Flavors

Rating: 4.5 stars 139
Quinoa is the ultimate super food. Cook it like rice in a rice cooker or on the stove with chicken broth, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic, and you have a delicious and healthy side dish. It goes great with chicken, fish, and seafood.

Quinoa with Veggies

Rating: 4.5 stars 248
I love quinoa and I wanted to make something that was flavorful and filling. The vegetables can be changed to your liking!

Quinoa and Black Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 6012
Very flavorful alternative to black beans and rice. Quinoa is a nutty grain from South America.

Quinoa Side Dish

Rating: 4.5 stars 714
Quinoa is a great alternative to rice - it's lighter, and cooks in about half the time.
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Garlic Quinoa

Rating: 4.5 stars 98
This is a quick and easy, basic quinoa recipe that we use in our house instead of rice as a great side.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

Rating: 4.5 stars 174
The classic Cheddar cheese and broccoli combo served in quinoa.

Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 378
This delicious recipe was presented to me by a vegan friend. The lime juice gives the quinoa a fresh flavor that can't be beat!

Veggie Quinoa

Rating: 4 stars 53
I blundered into this delicious mix of ingredients while trying to use up leftover vegetables in the fridge. Even friends who 'don't like vegetarian cooking' have enjoyed it. I like the slightly bitter taste of unwashed quinoa (just check for unwanted debris before you use it), but most recipes call for rinsed quinoa.

Lemon Herb Quinoa

Rating: 3.5 stars 7
A light yet flavorful quinoa dish that goes great with fish or chicken! I invented it on-the-fly one day when I couldn't find quite what I was looking for. For a stronger flavor, add extra lemon juice and herbs. For a more al dente quinoa, remove the lid half way through the cooking time and continue to cook uncovered until most of the water is absorbed.

Pork Fried Quinoa

Rating: 4.5 stars 72
These tiny quinoa seeds really are sponges for flavor. I was really surprised how decadent and satisfying this seemed, and with only a tablespoon of vegetable oil and a handful of very lean smoked ham.

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Curried Quinoa
Rating: Unrated 295
"One of our dinner favorites. Great with grilled chicken breast and a big salad on the side." – Heidi Elliot
Mexican Quinoa
Rating: Unrated 175
"Yummy. Kids loved it!" – melissahunter
Quinoa and Black Beans
Rating: 4.5 stars 5979

Very flavorful alternative to black beans and rice. Quinoa is a nutty grain from South America.