Easy Quinoa Recipe with Vegetables and Walnuts

easy quinoa recipe

Easy Quinoa Recipe with Vegetables and Walnuts

Packed with flavor and healthy deliciousness, this easy quinoa recipe with vegetables and walnuts is sure to be a hit with even the pickiest eaters! Great as a side with your meal or as a vegetarian entree.

Quinoa with Vegetables and Walnuts

Healthy, easy and delicious! Everyone loves this unique quinoa recipe. Great for a side dish or a vegetarian main!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine vegetarian
Servings 6


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa your choice, white or red
  • 1 onion, small
  • 1 red pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup peas fresh are better, but frozen (defrosted) works well too!
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped


  • Prepare quinoa. Start by rinsing in a bowl of cold water, Drain and repeat until the water is clear. Boil the water, then simmer. Add the quinoa and reduce heat to a simmer until water is absorbed 12-15 minutes. (You will see the quinoa seeds sprout little tails)
  • Meanwhile, in a large heavy pan, saute the onion in oil about 2 minutes. Add garlic, carrots and red pepper and saute for another minute or two.
  • Add peas to the pan, cooking and stirring until heated through.
  • Stir in the cooked quinoa, salt, pepper and thyme.
  • Stir in walnuts.
  • Transfer to a serving dish, fluff with fork, serve and enjoy!

Note: This is a great recipe that can be made quickly for your family or for company. You can substitute pistachios for the walnuts for a different flavor if you like! Sometimes I leave out the carrots and pepper if I am really in a rush, and the flavor is still truly wonderful with just the peas, onions and walnuts. If you have the time to chop the carrots and pepper though, these vegetables are a colorful addition to the dish and makes it a little more fun.


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