Here’s how you can start your day off with everyone’s favorite gluten-free and protein-rich pseudo-grain — from warm breakfast bowls loaded with fresh fruit to creamy smoothies, fluffy pancakes and crunchy granola.
Another versatile vegan breakfast idea are smoothie bowls! And who would have guessed it, you can make them with quinoa, too.
No matter if it’s cooked quinoa added to the creamy base of puffed quinoa used as a crunchy topping like this recipe calls for, there are many ways of bumping up the whole food protein content of your smoothie bowls.
Mason jar salads are the go-to choice for healthy and easy-to-make packed lunches, featuring your favorite fresh produce plus some fiber, complex carbs and protein-rich staples like chickpeas or cooked quinoa. Don’t skip the vegan feta here!
This easy summer salad is both healthy and delicious: leafy greens mixed with quinoa, blackberries and cucumber and topped with a 3-ingredients tangy balsamic vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds and vegan cashew ricotta.
Customizable to your preferences, you can enjoy it for 4 lunches in a row if wanted!
Vegan Quinoa Snacks
Do you love snacking as much as we do? These delicious small bites can be used to get you over the hunger hump, have a little late-night-something or to bring with you “just in case”.
These easy-to-make chocolate chip cookies are soft, nutty and the perfect way to use up leftover quinoa!
Featuring common ingredients such as oat flour, applesauce, nut butter and (of course) chocolate chips, you just add cooked quinoa to the mix to bump up the protein and fiber content. What an awesome idea!
Maybe it’s because nuggets are small and dippable or because you don’t need any utensils to munch them — but everyone, especially kids, seems to love them!
This fantastic recipe doesn’t just feature quinoa but also walnuts and even cauliflower, all marinated in delicious savory spices to make these vegan nuggets not just nutritious but also really crowd-pleasing.
One more savory quinoa snack for good measure: these cheesy dairy-free bites can be enjoyed alongside a salad, pita bread or simply with a creamy dip.
They also make for a great appetizer at any gatherings or portable snack!
Vegan Quinoa Dinner Ideas
Finally, some ideas regarding dinner featuring our main star quinoa! From one-pot-wonders to light salads, casseroles and comfort food like burgers and pizza, this gluten-free grain can be used in so many ways.
Traditionally served during the holiday season, this roasted acorn squash filled with quinoa, kale, bell pepper and lots of delicious spices is perfect as a Thanksgiving main dish — but it can be enjoyed year-round as a healthy dinner by the whole family.
If you happen to read this article during Fall, this recipe will be for you! Featuring gorgeous seasonal produce, this spinach fig salad with roasted squash makes for a wonderful combination in terms of texture and flavor.
Perfect with an easy blueberry dressing and cooked quinoa, it’s an easy 30-minute dinner idea.
This pizza is unlike most you've made as it uses soaked quinoa for the base and is therefore perfect for those who are avoiding gluten, or yeast. And the best part is, it comes together so fast and easy!
The star of the show is definitely the kale pesto, and you can top it with any veggies you like from tomatoes or basil to spinach, mushrooms and bell pepper.
This delicious salad with roasted butternut squash and quinoa is a great healthy Fall recipe that is packed with nutritious ingredients and full of flavors. It’s super easy to make and will be a perfect addition to any dinner, lunch, or even meal prep!
Plus, you can swap out most of the ingredients if you don’t have the exact ones on hand.
This is how kids will gobble up quinoa for sure: baked Italian meatballs! Perfectly tender on the inside and firm on the outside, they are loaded with flavor and work super well with a big bowl of spaghetti.
Let’s finish up this list with some protein-on-protein action, shall we?
Another easy to clean one-pot recipe, this lentil quinoa dish with asparagus and peas features spring produce cooked in creamy coconut milk and flavored with soy sauce, mustard and nutritional yeast. Delicious!
Ready for the best vegan quinoa recipes? We’ve collected over 40 delicious ways to enjoy this gluten-free grain and want to share with you our favorite quinoa chickpea tabbouleh with lots of vegetables and an easy homemade dressing. Enjoy this exclusive recipe from our eBook Live Lightly!
1 cup quinoa (170 g), dry
¼ cup fresh mint (7 g), minced
¼ cup fresh parsley (15 g), minced
½ red bell peppers, finely chopped
10 oz cucumbers (280 g), finely chopped
2 tomatoes (200 g), finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup cooked chickpeas (160 g), drained
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the quinoa, then add to a small saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cover with a lid.
Cook, covered, for 12-15 minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, add mint and parsley, then fluff gently with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Combine bell peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions and chickpeas in a large mixing bowl.
Mix with a spoon, then add the cooked quinoa mixture, olive oil and lemon juice and mix again.
Adjust with salt and pepper to taste preferences, then cover the bowl with a lid and store in the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Tastes even better the next day. Enjoy!
This recipe is a delicious light dinner recipe or cookout side and can be served with fresh bread or sandwiches!
Drizzle with olive oil if wanted.
Feel free to use any vegan store-bought dressing for a quicker quinoa tabbouleh.
Find 40+ more vegan quinoa recipes in the article above!
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.