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Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables
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4.80 from 107 votes

Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables

My Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables features colorful quinoa, a nutritional powerhouse. I toss the quinoa with sweet, caramelized roasted vegetables and a light balsamic vinaigrette. It's a simple and elegant dish that's packed with color and flavor!  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 233kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion, thickly sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers (yellow or red), sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 6-8 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 ½ tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Place the onion, zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, and garlic on a large roasting pan. Drizzle with 1½ tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle the thyme on top and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the oven until vegetables are softened and caramelized, 30-35 minutes. If using two baking sheets, rotate the pans halfway through.
  • While vegetables are roasting, make the quinoa. Place the quinoa and vegetable (or chicken) stock in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer until cooked, 12-15 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Remove from heat and transfer quinoa to a large bowl. Add the roasted vegetables to the bowl.
  • Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil with the balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and vegetables and toss to combine. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

I like to cook the quinoa in vegetable or chicken stock (rather than water) to infuse it with extra flavor.
This dish makes an excellent vegetarian entrée or side dish or can even be topped with grilled chicken or fish, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.8g | Protein: 7.4g | Fat: 9.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.52g | Sodium: 154mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 5.6g