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Gluten Free Quinoa Recipes

Updated on March 25, 2012

Gluten Free Quinoa Recipes

Finding the ingredients for appropriate food for the people with celiac disease can be a challenge. Fortunately there are excellent grain substitutes for wheat, one of them (and perhaps the best of them) being the wonder grain, Quinoa.

This page is dedicated on finding the best gluten free quinoa recipes. Please feel free to share your favorite quinoa recipes and cooking tips.

Gluten free quinoa recipes
Gluten free quinoa recipes

Quinoa - The miracle grain in your everyday gluten free diet

Quinoa ,the ancient grain called "gold of the Incas", is a perfect food for every person regardless of their diet preferences.

Besides being gluten free, quinoa is high in fiber, rich in minerals and vitamins and is also a complete protein. Unusual among plant foods, quinoa contains all the essential amino acids for humans.

This makes quinoa the perfect food choice for the gluten free vegan.

Quinoa is available in health food stores and specialty markets, and in online stores.

Here you will find loads of recipes for quinoa salad, quinoa pilafs, side dishes, dinners and lots more.

Black Bean and Quinoa Chili
Black Bean and Quinoa Chili


  • 1 cups rinsed and drained quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
  • 2 tomatoes cored and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • Two 16-oz. cans black beans drained
  • One 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. dried parsley (2 Tbs. fresh)
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 green onions chopped (optional)


  1. Combine quinoa and water in saucepan, cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large, non-stick pan; add onion, bell pepper, celery and jalapeno. Cook 7 minutes over medium heat. Stir in fresh tomatoes and carrots; Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in beans, crushed tomatoes, and seasonings; cook about 25 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in quinoa; cook 5 minutes more.
  3. Ladle chili into bowls and top with green onions if desired.
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Quinoa Avocado Sesame Chirashi Salad Recipe
Quinoa Avocado Sesame Chirashi Salad Recipe

Quinoa Avocado Sesame Chirashi Salad Recipe

  • Serving of Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 fresh avocado cubed
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Dressing: 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. agave or simple syrup
  • 2 tsp. coconut amino un-soy sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil


  1. Put your cooked quinoa in a bowl and top with avocado to taste. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  2. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle dressing over quinoa.

The miracle grain - Quinoa

Quinoa has less sodium than wheat, oats, barley, or corn and is significantly higher in calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, and zinc than other grains. One cup of quinoa has more calcium than a quart of milk.

Cooking quinoa

To prepare the quinoa for cooking, either purchase pre-rinsed quinoa or rinse the quinoa in a strainer until the saponins are removed.

Gluten free vegan quinoa recipes
Gluten free vegan quinoa recipes

Gluten free vegan quinoa recipes

You are on a gluten free diet and vegan?

No problem. You can cook many delicious and easy vegan recipes with quinoa grains.

Since quinoa is a complete protein you don't have to worry about getting all the necessary amino acids from your meals.

The best thing is that quinoa can be eaten hot or cold and in vegetarian or vegan dishes. It tastes delicious either way.

Gluten free vegan quinoa tabbouleh
Gluten free vegan quinoa tabbouleh

Gluten free vegan quinoa tabbouleh

  • 2 cups of red quinoa
  • bundle of italian parsley
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • 1 avocado for garnish
  • salt
  • optional: sub the veggies or add more like cucumber tomato and a little fresh mint


  1. Cook the quinoa per the instructions on the package – usually 2 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa, boil, then simmer on low for 10 to 15 minutes. fluff and cool – so it’s not a warm salad!
  2. Using a small food processor or a knife and your arm muscles, chop parsley leaves – (in this recipe 1.5 cup but you can add or subtract depending on how much you want in your dish)
  3. Chop the celery, pepper and other veggies and add them all in a salad bowl with the cooked quinoa.
  4. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, and some salt – toss and taste as you go.
  5. Garnish with some avocado and a sprig of parsley

Gluten free quinoa dessert recipes

Gluten free quinoa dessert recipes
Gluten free quinoa dessert recipes

You have a sweet tooth?

No problem! You can cook the best gluten free desserts with quinoa grains or quinoa flour.

5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake

5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake
5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake

Try this delicious 5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake

Tasty, quick and gluten free!

Gluten free quinoa chocolate cake
Gluten free quinoa chocolate cake

Gluten free quinoa chocolate cake

For the cupcakes:


  • 2/3 cup white or golden quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow the quinoa to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 8-inch round or square cake pans. Line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the milk, eggs and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Add 2 cups cooked quinoa and the butter and continue to blend until smooth.
  4. Whisk together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add the contents of the blender and mix well. Divide the batter evenly between the 2 pans and bake on the center oven rack for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely in the pan before serving. Frost if desired. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
  5. from the book: Quinoa 365: the Everyday Superfood

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      7 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this . . have you tried the magazine theme SquidVeg? Might get you more traffic? Up to you, thanks for the recipes.

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      7 years ago

      Wow, great photos. I love that quinoa is a complete protein source. I must try your sweet tooth recipes. Thank you for sharing.

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      Interesting quinoa recipes. I keep meaning to get some quinoa to try, but haven't gotten around to it yet.


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