Naturally gluten-free and high in protein, quinoa is one of the most popular health foods. It’s rich in essential vitamins, minerals and much higher in fiber than most grains. Beside being nutritious, quinoa is versatile, easy to prepare and can be quite delicious too!

Fluffy cooked quinoa with vegetables is the perfect side dish for a quick and healthy dinner. It comes together in just 30 minutes. You can also make a big batch of it for meal-prep for the whole week! It’s perfect to serve with grilled chicken or fish.

Healthy Gluten-Free Quinoa Side Dish

It’s best to rinse quinoa well before cooking. Rinsing it removes quinoa’s natural coating, which can taste a little bitter. Simply place the quinoa in a mesh sifter and rinse under running water. This way quinoa will cook softer and taste much better!

For vegetables, I used onion, carrots and kale. You can swap these out for whatever you have on hand! Bell pepper, asparagus, zucchini or anything you’d like! Quinoa is very adaptable and takes on the other flavors in your dish very well.

Healthy Gluten-Free Quinoa Side Dish