17 Vegan Quinoa Recipes You’ve Never Tried Before

by Alena
Sep 12, 2016
two bowls with quinoa, raspberries, peaches and coconut with vegan milk

No matter if you eat a gluten-free diet or dabbled in the plant-based world… at one point or another, you’ve probably come across this nutty pseudo grain before. Quinoa has been getting a lot of attention over the past years, and rightfully so! Its high amount of quality protein (including all essential amino acids), iron, zinc, and fiber, as well as the delicate texture makes it a perfect add-on to anything from salads to hot dishes and even breakfasts.

This is why we wanted to put the focus on this amazing food and show you 17 vegan quinoa recipes to choose from. Sometimes, we tend to end up eating the same meals over and over again – whereas a various diet could be as simple as switching rice or pasta for quinoa! Though it often is a little more on the expensive side, it’s a good idea to try it out without implementing it as a staple food if you don’t want to.

Especially if you think or feel like you’re not getting enough protein on a plant-based vegan diet, adding some more quinoa is definitely a way to go here. You can also cook it in batches and use up over the next few days, making meal prep pretty easy. Although it’s technically not a grain but actually a seed, we usually use it like we would starches. It has a pleasantly nutty taste and is incredibly easy to prepare – once you know how to.

How To Cook Quinoa

Before cooking quinoa, it’s important that you rinse the dry seeds. Quinoa has a natural coating that can make it taste bitter or soapy and we definitely want to avoid that! Boxed quinoa is often pre-rinsed but you should give them a quick additional one to be sure.

Some people even soak their quinoa before cooking because it’s said to make the seeds even more nutritious – but in the beginning and in everyday life, it’s usually too inconvenient to do so. Another tip is to cook it with vegetable broth instead of water to give it an extra kick! 

For every cup of dry quinoa, you need about 2 cups liquid. This will give you 3 cups of cooked quinoa after 20 minutes of cooking. There are 3 main varieties of quinoa, including white, red and black. We suggest you start with the white variety since it’s the easiest to get.

So nowthat you know all of this, let’s get right into the delicious recipe ideas for vegan quinoa meals!

17 Delicious Vegan Quinoa Recipes

Ready for some gluten-free and wholesome goodness? The following recipe cover a huge range of meals and will help you include more pseudo grains like quinoa very easily.

1. Fiesta Quinoa Salad

yellow table with a white bowl containing quinoa, beans, corn, tomatoes and fresh herbs


  • 1 cup white quinoa, plus ¼ cup red quinoa, washed and drained
  • 1 cup fresh corn, off the cob
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • ½ cup finely diced yellow pepper
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Find the whole recipe & directions at Forks Over Knives

2. Curried Quinoa with Roasted Cauliflower

white towel with two white bowls that are filled with quinoa and cauliflower curry


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 can (14 ounces) light coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • Optional garnishes: 2 green onions, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes

Find the whole recipe & directions at Cookie And Kate

3. Easy Vegan Quinoa Apple Crumble

white baking dish filled with freshly baked vegan quinoa apple crumble


  • 3 heaping cups apple
  • 4 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • ¾ cup quinoa flakes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Pinch sea salt

Find the whole recipe & directions at The Full Helping

4. Quinoa Curry Bowl

small bowl with quinoa, corn, green onion, bell pepper and herbs


  • ¾ cup quinoa (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 bag frozen “stir-fry blend” vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ½ avocado
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Find the whole recipe & directions at Forks Over Knives

5. Quinoa with Acorn Squash & Pomegranate

close up of a bowl filled with quinoa, squash, pomegranate and fresh herbs


  • 3/4 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 acorn or kabocha squash
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 scallions, green parts only
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper

Find the whole recipe & directions at A Thought For Food

6. Colorful Beet Salad with Quinoa & Spinach

two dark bowls filled with colorful leafy greens and Quinoa Beet Salad


  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen organic edamame
  • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 medium raw beet
  • 1 medium-to-large carrot
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach or arugula
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint or cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Find the whole recipe & directions at Cookie And Kate

7. Moroccan Vegetable Quinoa Stew

brown bowl filled with cooked quinoa and root vegetables


  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 small carrots
  • 3 small potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 can (14½ oz) diced tomatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 veggie stock cubes
  • 1 can (14½ oz) chickpeas
  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • Salt and pepper
  • A little fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup quinoa

Find the whole recipe & directions at Joy Of Yum

8. Buckwheat and Quinoa Pancakes

white table with seven homemade buckwheat quinoa pancakes and chocolate sauce


  • 1 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp agave or stevia to taste

Find the whole recipe & directions at The Full Helping

9. Quinoa Corn and Avocado Salad

large blue bowl on a table next to a smaller bowl filled with a serving of homemade vegan quinoa avocado salad


  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 1½ cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 medium avocados, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ medium red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Sea salt to taste

Find the whole recipe & directions at Forks Over Knives

10. Easy Vegan Quinoa Meatballs

green bowl with rice, fresh veggies and some quinoa meatballs


  • 1 medium-large yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 5 oz. white crimini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp favorite all purpose seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt to taste

Find the whole recipe & directions at Vegalicious

11. Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Pilaf

halved acorn squash filled with quinoa, grains, seeds, herbs and veggies


  • 1 acorn squash
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup dried tart cherries, chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano

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12. Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

white bowls on a white table filled with cooked quinoa, raspberries, peaches, coconut and almonds


  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • pinch of salt
  • piece of a vanilla bean
  • toasted sliced almonds
  • toasted coconut flakes
  • peaches
  • raspberries
  • maple syrup

Find the whole recipe & directions at Love And Lemons

13. Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Avocado

two white plates on a white table with each two vegan Quinoa Bean tacos


  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground chili powder
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 to 2 medium limes, juiced
  • 1 medium jalapeño
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • 6 to 8 small, round corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups chopped romaine lettuce

Find the whole recipe & directions at Cookie And Kate

14. Cauliflower Falafel Veggie Burgers

white plate with leafy greens next to a vegan Cauliflower Burger


  • ⅓ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ½ large head of cauliflower
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • ½ cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1¼ cups old fashioned oats
  • Toasted buns, hummus, tomato, pickles and lettuce

Find the whole recipe & directions at Cookie And Kate

15. Bok Choi & Oyster Mushroom Quinoa

dark bowl on a table filled with Bok Choi, Oyster Mushroom and Quinoa


  • 2 King Oyster Mushrooms
  • 3 small bunches Bok Choi
  • 1/2 cup quinoa rinsed well + 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp sweet white miso
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • drizzle liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp umami paste
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp water
  • pea shoots

Find the whole recipe & directions at Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

16. Quinoa with Kale & Roasted Butternut

two white bowls on a table with quinoa, leafy greens, chopped nuts and veggies


  • 1 small butternut or acorn squash
  • 3 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup dry/uncooked quinoa
  • 1⁄2 cup dry/uncooked millet
  • 1⁄3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1⁄4 cup raisins

Find the whole recipe & directions at Forks Over Knives

17. Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

white table with a red towel and a white bowl containing cooked quinoa, banana, apple and nuts


  • 1 small ripe banana mashed
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup apple diced (rest on top)
  • 1/3 cup quinoa hot cereal flakes
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cashew (or other nut) milk

Find the whole recipe & directions at nutritionicity

Have you had quinoa before? Did any of these recipes look appealing and did you try some? Which ones did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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6 thoughts on “17 Vegan Quinoa Recipes You’ve Never Tried Before”

    • Hey Jana,
      your recipes are awesome so of course we needed to feature one at last! Thanks for putting them out there.
      Hope this finds you well,
      Alena x

    • Hey Elise,
      thanks for sharing. Yes, I see where you’re coming from. And I agree that every choice we make has consequences, much of the food we grow and items we buy have caused some kind of harm in the process.
      On this website, we focus on plant-based eating, veganism, and health. We also don’t discourage eating avocados or coconuts, although they aren’t the most reasonable/reasonable choices in the big picture.
      Hope you understand! Have fun with our other recipes.
      Best wishes,

  1. Hi! Thank you for sharing these great recipes! I love quinoa and I’m always looking for the new recipes! Two days ago I made Fiesta Quinoa Salad and it was really amazing!


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