The Best Quinoa Recipes to Make ASAP

The ultimate round up of the very best quinoa recipes is here! As you may have guessed from my How to Cook the Perfect Quinoa post, this little seed has a special place here at Ambitious Kitchen.

What is quinoa?

While quinoa looks and behaves like a grain, it’s actually a seed that comes from a flowering plant! It has been used in South American cooking for thousands of years and more recently became a “superfood” here in the U.S.

It’s gluten free, packed with protein & fiber, and a delicious, neutral-flavored “grain” that’s perfect for adding to salads, bowls, side dishes and even pancakes.

How do you cook quinoa?

Reminder: learn more about the health benefits of quinoa and the perfect way to cook it here! You can use this method in all of the amazing, healthy quinoa recipes listed below.

I broke these quinoa recipes up into breakfast recipes, snacks & treats, chilis & soups, unique quinoa dinners (yum), plant-based quinoa salads, and other quinoa bowls, salads & more that you’ll love. At the bottom of the post, you’ll find more recipes to pair with quinoa that make the perfect lunches and dinners. Take a scroll, pick out your favs and enjoy!

quinoa pancakes on a plate topped with blueberries

Breakfast Recipes

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Loaded Veggie Avocado Quinoa Frittatas

Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes

quinoa chocolate peanut butter truffles on parchment paper

Snacks & Treats

Crispy Toasted Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Salted Dark Chocolate Pistachio Quinoa Crunch Bars

Toasted Quinoa, Dried Fig & Dark Chocolate Nut Free Granola Bars

Incredible Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola Bars

Chia, Quinoa & Banana Granola Bars

pumpkin quinoa chicken chili in a bowl

Chilis & Soups

Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili with Smoked Chipotle

Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Chicken Tortilla Soup

Clean Eating Chipotle Turkey Quinoa Chili

Lentil & Quinoa Chili {vegan & gluten free}

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Chickpea Chili

chicken quinoa enchilada meatloaf muffins in a muffin tin

Unique Quinoa Dinners

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

Healthy Enchilada Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Broccoli & White Cheddar Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Enchilada Bake (or dip!)

Cheesy Quinoa and Turkey Sloppy Joe Stuffed Bell Peppers

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

kale, edamame & quinoa salad in a bowl

Plant-Based Quinoa Salads

Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrot Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Sunshine Dressing

Vibrant Curry Cashew Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

One Pot Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Roasted Veggie, Chickpea & Pesto Quinoa Salad

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese + Candied Walnuts

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

Fresh Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seeds & Lemon Vinaigrette

bbq ranch chicken quinoa bowl with corn, avocado and cabbage

Quinoa Bowls, Salads, & More

BBQ Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Thai Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad

Balsamic Chicken Berry Quinoa Salad

Thai Peanut Chicken, Edamame & Quinoa Stir-Fry

Brown Sugar Honey Marinated Salmon with Caramelized Pineapple Quinoa

Sesame Ginger Sweet Teriyaki Salmon with Garlic Quinoa Stir-fry

sheet pan moroccan chicken and veggies on a plate

Delicious recipes to pair with quinoa

Looking to add a boost of protein & whole grains to your meals? Try adding quinoa to one of these amazing recipes:

Be sure to let me know if you make any of these quinoa recipes! Share them with me on Instagram and use #AmbitiousKitchen so that I can see your creations. Enjoy xo!