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Here are all the best vegan quinoa recipes that feature this protein packed whole grain! Pick from tacos, salads, chili, and more.

Vegan quinoa recipes

Love quinoa and eating plant-based? Quinoa is a healthy whole grain that is great for adding plant-based protein to vegan recipes. But it can be hard to find vegan recipes using this pantry staple. So here’s a list of our top vegan quinoa recipes! These are all the best ways to use quinoa in plant-based recipes. There are obvious ideas like side dishes and salads, but there are so many more unique ways to use it. Make it into taco “meat” as a filling for tacos, use it as the basis for colorful bowl meals, or add it to chili for a thick and meaty texture. We’re getting hungry, so…

And now…the top vegan quinoa recipes to try!

Quinoa nutrition

Is quinoa healthy? Most sources agree: yes! This superfood is loaded with nutritional benefits and a great part of a healthy diet. Here’s a breakdown of its major benefits (data source: Quinoa Nutrition):

  • Quinoa is a plant-based protein powerhouse. 1 cup quinoa has 8 grams protein or about 16% of your daily value.
  • It’s loaded with fiber. 1 cup quinoa has 5 grams fiber, or about 20% your daily need.
  • Quinoa is a good source of antioxidants and minerals. It provides more magnesium, iron, and zinc than many common grains.

How does quinoa stack up against rice? See Quinoa vs Rice: Which is Better?

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Vegan quinoa bowl

Vegan Quinoa Bowl

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Here’s how to make a grain bowl! Pair a whole grain, protein and veggies with this amazing tahini sauce to make a healthy, fast and easy dinner.



For the grain

For the grain bowl

  • 2 15-ounce can chickpeas*
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 recipe Tahini Sauce
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 English cucumber
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives (optional)
  • 1/4 red onion


  1. Make the grain: Go to Seasoned Quinoa to make the quinoa, or follow the other whole grain recipes listed above. The quinoa takes about 25 minutes total, so use the cook time to prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. Make the chickpeas: Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Mince the garlic. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant but before it browns. Add the chickpeas, smoked paprika, salt, and several grinds of black pepper. Cook 2 minutes until warmed through.
  3. Make the sauce: Make the Tahini Sauce. (Or, try Lemon Dill Sauce or Creamy Cilantro Sauce.)
  4. Prep the veggies: Slice the tomatoes in half. Slice the cucumber. Slice the red onion.
  5. Assemble the bowls: Place the quinoa and chickpeas in the bowl. Add the fresh veggies and drizzle with the sauce.


*This makes a solid 4 to 6 servings of protein. If you’re cooking for 1 or 2, make half this recipe (or go to Easy Canned Chickpeas.)

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Vegan Quinoa Recipes, Vegan Quinoa Bowl

More plant based recipes!

There are so many tasty ways to eat plant-based outside of these vegan quinoa recipes! Here are some of our favorites:

Last updated: September 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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