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52 Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Recipes (+ quinoa tips)

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Do you have any vegetarian quinoa recipes in your repertoire of healthy meals? Because quinoa is too good to ignore, especially for plant-based eaters.

52 Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Recipes (+ quinoa tips) | Hurry The Food Up

This simple, nourishing superfood contains so much good stuff that it can top any other whole grain while technically being a seed.

One of the several reasons to love quinoa is that it’s a complete protein and has all of the essential amino acids. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein which is beneficial for weight loss, muscle development and health.

It’s also very high in fiber (5 grams per cup) which contributes to its superiority over most grains!

So I couldn’t let it slip by without collecting the best quinoa recipes to try.

Let’s dig in to the versatility of vegetarian quinoa recipes!

I love quinoa’s nutty flavor and fluffy texture. It’s a super versatile ingredient that works both in cold salads and warm comforting dishes. See for yourself!

Quinoa salads

Bonus: full of fiber and protein

Try our quinoa & Brussel sprouts salad this festive season. Christmas’s most infamous vegetable has never tasted so good!

Bonus: super simple dressing

In this superfood salad, red lentils and quinoa are jazzed up with crunchy almonds, tangy olives and creamy avocado.

Thai Quinoa Salad

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 16g

Calories: 444kcal

Ready in:20 minutes

Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: tropical taste with a refreshing kick

Thai quinoa salad – tropical vibes. A refreshingly light, tasty Asian super-dish with lots of protein, fiber and tropical flavour. Heaven for your taste buds!

Bonus: lovely flavours, textures and colours

Looking to up your salad game? Try this healthy egg salad recipe with quinoa and beets – the perfect weight loss lunch!

Bonus: space to experiment

This chickpea salad with quinoa is a deliciously versatile mix of superfoods with a sweet and zesty dressing. Packed with protein, fiber, folate, zinc and iron!

Bonus: easy and quick to make

High protein white bean salad is high in fiber, vitamins A, C, E, B2 and B6 as well as iron and calcium. Healthy and vegan!

Bonus: easy and delicious

Supercharge your lunch with this avocado chickpea salad with quinoa: high in protein, fiber and put together in 5 minutes before you go to work.

Protein: 11.3g
Calories: 554kcal
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: TheLastFoodBlog
Bonus: easy to make and very versatile

This hearty kale quinoa salad is a really tasty salad. Loaded with tasty veggies, kale and quinoa all tossed in a tangy mustard dressing.

Protein: 5g
Calories: 188kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: VeggieInspired
Bonus: light summery recipe

This healthy vegan quinoa salad with fresh dill & lime vinaigrette is light and refreshing, yet high in protein (try these vegan protein salads too if you like this). It’s perfect for a light lunch or a side dish for BBQs and picnics.

Protein: 3g
Calories: 203kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: OhSoDelicioso
Bonus: fast and easy to make, pairs perfect with fruit

Light, fresh and sweet coconut quinoa salad. It’s fun to use classically savory items in a sweet way.

Protein: 11g
Calories: 441kcal
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: RunningOnRealFood
Bonus: great for meal prep, easy to customize

This warm quinoa kale salad with cranberries, roasted vegetables and balsamic dressing with maple syrup is filling enough for a meal but also makes a wonderful side dish, especially during the autumn months.

Protein: 3.5g
Calories: 171kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: AVirtualVegan
Bonus: easy to make ahead and packs up really well

This quinoa cranberry salad is full of fresh, feel good flavours that everyone will love!

With nutrient rich spinach, sweet dried cranberries and a zippy lemon dressing, it is able to stand alone as a protein packed, healthy meal, or can be served as a side.

Protein: 20g
Calories: 438kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: AVirtualVegan
Bonus: super quick and easy to make

Make healthy, protein packed, super tasty peanut crunch salad in a Jar as part of your meal prep and you’ll have grab-and-go lunches all ready for the entire week!

Protein: 6g
Calories: 243kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: BucketListTummy
Bonus: great recipe for lunch or dinner, quick to prep

Mango quinoa salad is gluten free and a fun spin on pasta salad. Dill, lime zest, lime juice, apple cider vinegar and oil make an incredible dressing!

Protein: 7g
Calories: 326kcal
Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: TheMatbakh
Bonus: full of natural ingredients and vitamins

This gluten-free quinoa tabbouleh salad blends authentic Lebanese taste with gluten-free eating by using quinoa in lieu of bulgar wheat.

Protein: 12g
Calories: 197kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: MyPlantifulCooking
Bonus: both Instant pot and stovetop versions

Flavorful and refreshing, this spicy Indian red quinoa salad is paired with crispy tofu and a delicious zesty curry dressing! Ready in 30 minutes and only simple wholesome ingredients needed.

Protein: 10g
Calories: 254kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: TheCleanEatingCouple
Bonus: low calorie, veggie loaded and filling

A Mediterranean quinoa salad with vegetables, chickpeas and feta cheese! Healthy and delicious greek quinoa salad that can be served warm or cold.

Quinoa breakfasts

Bonus: high protein breakfast full of flavour

After a high-protein alternative to traditional oatmeal? This vegan noatmeal recipe has 19g protein serving! Try it now!

Bonus: Indian spices, crunchy nuts and almost-like-jam sweet blueberries

Quinoa breakfast porridge with hot blueberry drizzle. A beautiful union of delicious but easy to find spices and fruits in a simple and satisfying breakfast.

Bonus: quick, tasty and super nutritious

These quinoa egg muffins are incredibly high in protein – and super-quick, too! Perfect any time of the day.

Protein: 6g
Calories: 142kcal
Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: DebraKlein
Bonus: great taste, texture and nutrition

Baked quinoa is a simple vegan breakfast that can be made ahead. This easy recipe is loaded with apples and cinnamon and is absolutely delicious.

Protein: 17g
Calories: 353kcal
Ready in: 1 hour 22 minutes (just 10 mins prep)
Recipe by: BeyondMereSustenance
Bonus: super nutritious and infused with flavour

A healthy, new way to start your day, peruvian quinoa porridge with peaches combines nutrient-rich quinoa with fresh (or dried) fruit, milk, and spices, and served up drinkable style.

Protein: 19g
Calories: 422kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: Cooktoria
Bonus: packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals

This quinoa with eggs and vegetables is so healthy and tasty. You’ll love this delicious and versatile dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Quinoa main dishes

Bonus: delicious, low effort meal

After a healthy, quick to make meal? Try our roasted asparagus and tomatoes with halloumi and quinoa. Ready in 30 minutes!

Bonus: needs very little effort to make

This easy (and animal-friendly) lunch and dinner bowl hits all the right spots – grains, greens and a legume! What’s not to like?

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 30g

Calories: 615kcal

Ready in:1 hour 20 minutes

Recipe by: Kat & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals

Red bell peppers packed with quinoa, sweetcorn, tempeh – and loads of flavour. Full of protein and with clear instructions in easy steps.

Bonus: great to whip up on a busy day

In this healthy burrito bowl we’ve got quinoa, avocado, pineapple, tofu, black beans and Adobo sauce for a sizzling taste bud fiesta!


  • ½ cup low fat Greek Yogurt (or soy yogurt to make it vegan)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ ripe avocado (sliced)
  • ¼ cup red onion (thinly sliced or julienned)
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup black beans (canned)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 7 oz firm tofu (cut in 1 inch cubes)
  • ¾ cup pineapple (cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • 2 sprigs cilantro/coriander, fresh
  • lemon

  • In a small pot over medium heat add the quinoa and broth. Once it begins to boil lower heat to a simmer and cook following the package instructions, until the grains have opened and are cooked. During the final 3 minutes, add black beans to heat them with the quinoa.

    ¼ cup quinoa, ½ cup vegetable broth, 1 cup black beans

  • In a medium sized non-stick pan add the oil and set to medium-high heat. Add finger sized tofu cubes and pineapple cubes and let them brown. Season with a little salt. Toss occasionally.

    7 oz firm tofu, ¾ cup pineapple, 1 tsp vegetable oil

  • Meanwhile prepare yogurt sauce in a small bowl mixing yogurt, garlic powder and salt/pepper to taste, and have ready your sliced avocado, sliced onions, cilantro leaves and lemon wedges. Reserve until needed.

    ½ cup low fat Greek Yogurt, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ ripe avocado, ¼ cup red onion, ½ tsp salt, 2 sprigs cilantro/coriander, fresh, lemon

Adobo sauce

  • In a bowl mix together cold water with cornstarch, chipotle sauce, paprika, garlic powder, honey, salt, apple vinegar, tomato paste, cumin and oregano.

    ½ cup water, 1 ½ tsp cornstarch, 1 ½ tsp chipotle or Tabasco sauce, ½ tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp honey, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp apple vinegar, 1 tsp tomato paste, ¼ tsp cumin, ground, ½ tsp oregano, dried

  • Set the pan to low heat and add the sauce. Cook until the sauce thickens and mix with the tofu and pineapple. Note: if you don’t want to coat the pineapple with the sauce, remove it from the pan.
  • Plate burrito bowl in a deep dish with the tofu, black beans, quinoa, pineapple, onions, avocado and cilantro. Serve with yogurt sauce and lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

52 Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Recipes (+ quinoa tips)

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Quinoa Burgers

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 16g

Calories: 482kcal

Ready in:30 minutes

Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: quinoa patties that don’t fall apart

The BEST quinoa burgers EVER! Just follow our easy instructions and you’ll be chowing down in no time! These are the future, and they’re here to stay.

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad Bake (Protein Recipe)

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 24g

Calories: 548kcal

Ready in:42 minutes

Bonus: full of all the good stuff

This time-saving traybake with sweet potatoes, broccoli, and quinoa is big on superfood nutrition and even bigger on taste.

Protein: 10g
Calories: 382kcal
Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: TheForkedSpoon
Bonus: perfect as a light dinner, side dish or holiday appetizer

These vegetarian stuffed acorn squash are filled with cooked apples, dried cranberries, spinach, quinoa and drizzled with a creamy tahini garlic dressing. Colorful, festive, and easy to prepare!

Protein: 17g
Calories: 529kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: EvergreenKitchen
Bonus: the perfect amount of crunch, creaminess, saltiness

These healthy wraps are made with crisp collard greens, lemon herb quinoa, and creamy vegan tzatziki. The wraps stay crisp in the fridge, so you can enjoy them for dinner – and tomorrow’s lunch.

Protein: 16g
Calories: 455kcal
Ready in: 5 hours 15 minutes (just 15 mins prep)
Recipe by: VeggiesDon’tBite
Bonus: a very delicious and flavourful sauce

A vegan twist on a Korean dish that will leave you wanting more. Full of protein and flavor, this is one you won’t want to miss!

Protein: 15g
Calories: 321kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: TheRusticFoodie
Bonus: much healthier than traditional enchiladas

This quinoa enchilada casserole recipe is a healthy gluten free meal! This vegetarian enchilada bake is made with black beans and cheese.

Protein: 8g
Calories: 411kcal
Ready in: 2 hours 30 minutes (just 15 mins prep)
Recipe by: FitAsAMamaBear
Bonus: great meal prep recipe, tasty lunch or gluten-free dinner recipe

Enjoy a flavorful lunch with this homemade veggie wrap! Loaded with protein-packed quinoa and colorful veggies all dressed in a homemade Italian dressing.

Protein: 18g
Calories: 399kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: AMummyToo
Bonus: full of protein, fiber and iron

This tasty, zesty bean quinoa is packed with protein, bursting with fresh citrus flavour and suitable for vegetarians and vegans!

Protein: 14g
Calories: 452kcal
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: DailyDish
Bonus: few simple ingredients

This quinoa pilaf is packed with garlicky roasted chickpeas and cauliflower, grated carrots and loads of fresh herbs. It’s protein-rich, gluten free and packed full of nutrition.

Protein: 22.7g
Calories: 393kcal
Ready in: 1 hour 40 minutes (just 20 mins prep)
Recipe by: YummyAddiction
Bonus: great dinner idea

These easy mushroom and quinoa stuffed peppers are healthy, gluten-free and vegetarian – not to mention very comforting and absolutely delicious. Dark red peppers will be the most flavourful for this one!

Protein: 17g
Calories: 396kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: HappyKitchen.Rocks
Bonus: an extremely healthy and delicious meal

Simple vegan quinoa fried rice recipe is the healthy and easy alternative to the take-out classic, featuring flavorful vegetables and protein-packed quinoa!

Protein: 23g
Calories: 449kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: VeganPunks
Bonus: vegan and gluten-free

Mexican Baked Tofu Quinoa Bowl is easy to prepare, perfect for meal prepping and is packed with healthy plant-powered protein.

Ancho, chilli and cumin give it that Mexican flavour and the tofu, beans and quinoa deliver the filling, protein-packed meal.

Protein: 6g
Calories: 203kcal
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: ASaucyKitchen
Bonus: pretty basic ingredients, warm and filling

Golden Cauliflower Quinoa Curry – creamy turmeric spiced cauliflower and quinoa stewed together with crushed tomatoes, coconut milk and spinach. This hearty dish comes together all in one pot in about 30 minutes!

Quinoa soups and stews

Protein: 12g
Calories: 394kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheCookReport
Bonus: a filling one pot comfort food

This spicy veggie stew has a rich curry sauce and plenty of healthy vegetables, spices and quinoa. It’s so easy to make and takes just 30 minutes!

Protein: 23g
Calories: 478kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: JarOfLemons
Bonus: great as leftovers or a freezer meal

Need an easy pantry recipe that’s delicious and healthy? This quinoa chili is easy to make, loaded with flavor, and perfect for a quick dinner.

Protein: 15g
Calories: 336kcal
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: It’sNotComplicatedRecipes
Bonus: hearty and satisfying, great for batch cooking

Packed with vegetables, beans and quinoa, this quinoa vegetable soup makes a comforting and healthy lunch or dinner. It is full of delicious flavours and spices and is vegan, gluten-free and nut-free.

Protein: 18g
Calories: 387kcal
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: PlantingsAndPairings
Bonus: deliciously creamy and flavorful

This creamy Italian quinoa soup is not only amazingly delicious but it’s also packed with protein, fiber and essential vitamins and antioxidants.

Protein: 11g
Calories: 237kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: PipingPotCurry
Bonus: dump-and-go recipe made in minutes

This instant pot vegetarian chili is an easy comforting weeknight dinner for those cold rainy or snowy days. Made with black beans, quinoa and veggies, it is healthy with lots of protein and fiber.

Quinoa appetizers, sides and snacks

Protein: 3g
Calories: 89kcal
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: ThroughTheFibroFog
Bonus: super healthy, versatile and kid-friendly

These quinoa stuffed zucchini boats are a fun and healthy vegetarian main course or side dish. An easy weeknight dinner that is vegetarian, gluten free and low histamine.

Protein: 4g
Calories: 110kcal
Ready in: 4 hours 45 minutes (just 15 mins prep)
Recipe by: EasyIndianCookbook
Bonus: healthy and delicious

Crispy quinoa dosa is a delicious alternative to regular dosas and is made using quinoa, lentils, and oats. This healthy recipe does not use rice (or poha) and the batter can be used with or without fermentation.

Protein: 3.3g
Calories: 81kcal
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: GoodFoodBaddie
Bonus: beautiful, deep color and tons of flavor and nutrients

Are you looking for a healthy vegan burger recipe? These delicious, veggie-packed quinoa beet burgers are easy to make and filled with plant-based protein.

Protein: 14.5g
Calories: 257kcal
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: Jillian’sHealthfulEats
Bonus: different ideas to change up the recipe

These buffalo quinoa bites are vegetarian with a crunchy outside and a cheesy, moist inside with a flavor that bursts in your mouth.

They are also super easy to make and when served with this healthy homemade ranch dip, you’ve got yourself the best appetizer in the house!

Protein: 5g
Calories: 186kcal
Ready in: 3 hours (just 20 mins prep)
Recipe by: TheNessyKitchen
Bonus: easily customizable and healthy go to snack

Easy to make and healthier than a lot of pre-packaged options, these crunchy snack bars are irresistible!

Protein: 0.9g
Calories: 12kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: Jillian’sHealthfulEats
Bonus: healthy and satisfying

Flavorful patties that are made super crispy and filled with cheese and broccoli. With their crispy outside and hearty, cheesy, flavorful inside you might just be making these weekly!

Protein: 6g
Calories: 279kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: CookEatLiveLove
Bonus: many serving ideas

Easy and healthy potato quinoa croquettes work great as appetisers or party food. Packed full of tons of healthy ingredients and taste great too.

How to make fluffy quinoa?

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Quinoa is way easier and quicker to make than I originally thought. While it’s often used in place of rice, cooking perfect quinoa takes much less effort! The secret to fluffy quinoa is the right amount of water – twice as much as quinoa.

  1. Prep time:

    Don’t forget to rinse the quinoa with cold water before cooking to get rid of any bitterness!

  2. Cook time:

    All you need to do is combine quinoa and water, bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

  3. Steam time:

    After all the water is absorbed, you should let the quinoa steam, away from the heat. So cover it and wait 5-10 minutes.

  4. Fluff time:

    Fluff it with a fork and make your favorite quinoa recipes!

Vegetarian quinoa recipes FAQ

Want to know more about healthy quinoa recipes? Read on!

How many calories are in quinoa?

One cup (185 g) of cooked quinoa has 222 kcal. It’s not advised to eat it raw, but if you’re interested in uncooked quinoa’s energy value, a 1-cup serving provides about 626 kcal.

Is quinoa good for vegetarians?

Absolutely! Quinoa is vegan, protein-rich and gluten-free. It’s a great option for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.

What does quinoa pair well with?

Quinoa is such a fabulous food it tastes great with almost everything. You can add it to salads, soups, buddha bowls and even sweet treats.

If you’re looking for a vegan meat alternative, quinoa is perfect for making burgers and chili.
My favourite combo is quinoa with roasted asparagus, tomatoes and halloumi. Check out the recipe here.

How do I make quinoa more interesting?

To make quinoa more interesting you can drizzle it with olive oil, and add herbs, spices, cheese, onion or garlic.

Whatever works for you! I like sauteeing quinoa with red onion and garlic before cooking it for an extra touch of flavour.

How to store quinoa?

You can store uncooked quinoa in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 years.

Cooked quinoa should be refrigerated in an airtight container and eaten within a week. If you’re looking for longer-term storage, you can keep it in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Which category of these plant-based recipes was your favourite? As much as I love comforting soups, I thought all the quinoa breakfasts were a real hit.

If you’re looking for more ways to get some extra protein into your vegetarian recipes, check out our 7-day free high protein meal plan.


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