roasted vegetable quinoa

Quinoa is definitely one of my favourite ingredients to cook with. With a great texture, flavour and beautiful look, it instantly livens up any dish and provides us with a good source of nutrients to eat. My favourite type of Quinoa to use at home is Tricolor Quinoa, as it has a slightly crunchy texture and lovely array of colours. Creating this dish, I decided to use some Tricolor Quinoa and cook it with vegetable stock, kale and peas. Then, I combined them with a mixture of vegetables which I roasted with olive oil and mixed herbs.

After all of these were cooked, I mixed them together and topped them with a tasty dressing made from tahini, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, rice syrup, cumin and cinnamon. The dressing has a nice garlic flavour and lovely balance between the sweetness of cinnamon and rice syrup, and the bitterness of lemon and tahini. The recipe has quite a generous amount of dressing, so you can really enjoy its flavours in the dish.

I think what I love most about this creation is how it feels both comforting and healthy at the same time. After a bowl of this, I instantly feel filled up, re-energised and ready to continue with my day. It’s fairly quick and simple to prepare, so this is one of those classic meals that I love to enjoy on a busy day. I hope you like it!

roasted vegetable quinoa

serves about 4


for the roasted vegetables:

1 medium sweet potato

1 courgette

1 carrot

1 red pepper

1 red onion

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp dried mixed herbs

1/2 tsp salt

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the quinoa:

1 cup (190g) quinoa

1 cup (40g) kale

1/2 cup (70g) frozen peas

4 cups (1 litre) water

1/2 tsp vegetable stock powder – I used bouillon

for the dressing:

3 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 tsp brown rice syrup

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt



1. Peel and chop the sweet potato and carrot. Then chop the sweet potato, carrot, red pepper and courgette into rough chunks/cubes, and slice the onion into narrow wedge shapes. Then, add them into a large baking dish/tray, followed by the olive oil, dried mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Stir them all together, and add them into the oven to cook for about 20-25 minutes.

2. In the meantime, prepare the quinoa. Add the water and vegetable stock into a pan, stir them together and place them onto a medium heat. Bring the water to a boil and add in the quinoa. Then, cook it for the stated time on it’s packet (mine takes around 15 minutes). When there are about 3 minutes remaining for it to cook, add in the kale and peas (the water will have almost gone by this point, but that’s fine).

3. While everything cooks, make the dressing. Add the garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, brown rice syrup, cinnamon, cumin and salt into a small blender – I used my nutribullet. Blend them all together until smooth and mixed, then set aside.

4. When the quinoa, kale and peas have cooked, remove them from the heat, drain, and pour them into a large mixing bowl. Then, when the vegetables have cooked, remove them from the heat and also add them into the mixing bowl. Mix everything together, and then divide onto plates to serve. Lastly, pour the dressing on top of each to finish.

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60 thoughts on “roasted vegetable quinoa

  1. i absolutely love this Harriet and all those roasted veggies are calling my name!!

    1. Thank you so much Manali! I looove roasted veggies!!

  2. The tricolor quinoa is my favorite too and I wish I had this gorgeous bowl for lunch! I love all those roasted veggies! So light, healthy and delicious!

    1. It’s such a pretty ingredient! Thank you so much Kelly!

  3. HNNNHGGGGGGG!!! this looks so delicious! i love how you added the kale to the quinoa to soften it up a bit! so much better then when it’s all tough and hard to chew.

    1. Thank you so much Beverley!! I agree, cooked kale is my favourite 🙂

  4. Oooh quinoa is a favorite of mine – I love your addition of kale and green pees to it along with those roasted veggies!

    1. It’s such a great ingredient! Thank you so much Shashi!! 🙂

  5. That’s one of the most beautiful quinoa dishes! Stunning, rustic, and delish!

    1. Thank you sooo much Rebecca! I’m so glad you like it! 😀

  6. I am in love with your photos! And your recipes! And just your blog in general! This quinoa salad looks great, and that little dish is super cute too 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Megan!! I’m so glad you like it, I love your blog too! 🙂

  7. LOVE quinoa! this recipe looks bomb! can not wait to try this! 😉

    1. Same here! Thank you so much Michele!

  8. Ooooh yum! I love quinoa, and tahini is so delicious! This looks fabulous!

    1. Thank you so much Liz!

  9. Oh my gosh, this is the perfect vegetarian meal! I ran out of quinoa a couple of months ago, but every time I go to buy some more I talk myself out of it because of the price haha.. might have to just bite the bullet so I can try making this or something like it because VEGETABLES!!

    1. Thank you so much Hannah! Oh no, Amazon might be cheaper?? I hope you like it!! 😀

  10. The perfect lunch I’d say! Love that gorgeous dressing too!

    1. Thank you so much Jessica!

  11. Ahhh I totally love the sound of this! Tri-color quinoa is my absolute favorite and with that tahini dressing??? This has my name written all over it!

    1. Same here – loooove quinoa! Thank you so much Ashley!

  12. I love this quinoa dish, Harriet! I’m always craving warm veggies at night, and I’ve started to run out of ideas for ways to cook them up. This looks like the perfect recipe – I love that you used sweet potato too! This definitely looks like something healthy and comforting to curl up with when my veggie cravings kick in <3

    1. Thank you so much Beeta! I hope you enjoy this!! 🙂

  13. I love the veggies you got going on here Harriet, just perfect! Sweet potatoes are my love! Red bell peppers are another favorite of mine…I eat them constantly and use them for recipes! I love that tahini dressing as well, that would just perfectly complete this dish. Such a wonderful protein dish too. Ok, now I’m hungry. Looks fabulous!

    1. Thank you so much Brandi! Sweet potatoes are the best! So glad you like this 🙂

  14. What a great combo, Harriet! 🙂 I love the tahini dressing. I so gotta try this!!

    1. Thank you so much Sina!!

  15. YUM will definitely be trying this! Love meals like these that are super easy, healthy and make good lunch leftovers – plus are absolutely delicious. Have never done a tahini dressing before but will give it a go for sure! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Claudia!!! I really hope you enjoy it!

  16. What a colorful, healthy, delicious and vibrant looking platter, Harriet! Tahini dressing sounds way too delish! Looks super easy too ! I will have to try this soon! Happy Friday!

    1. Thank you so much Anu!! 🙂

  17. I am such a fan of quinoa and am always look for new ways to use it! This dish looks perfect, Harriet! I love the roasted veggies. Sounds like it gives this dish such great flavor!

    1. Me too Gayle! Thank you so much!

  18. It’s MINE too. This is a glorious power bowl.

    1. Thank you so much Angie!!

  19. This looks like such a delicious, healthy meal! I love everything you’ve packed in here, but especially the sound of that amazing dressing!!!

    1. Thank you so much Sam, I’m so glad you like it! 🙂

  20. I love this recipe! It’s so my kind of dish 😀 and that tahini sauce on top looks divine! Yum 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Nadia! 😀

  21. Ahhhh! I adore roasted veggies, and this seriously looks magical! I need it in my life! <3 Thanks so much for sharig this recipe! 😀

  22. This is a great way to enjoy quinoa! Looks delicious! Pinned!

  23. you seriously make the most beautiful food!!! love this and I totally agree! I love quinoa because of the great texture, flavor and beautiful look . . this is gorgeous!

  24. This looks absolutely delicious, Harriet!! I am a huge fan of quinoa as well! I adore all the roasted veggie num nums you have going on in here! And that tahini based dressing sounds absolutely PERFECT! Healthy yet filling and substanital, plus beautiful? Always a winner in my book!!! <3 Cheers!

  25. Tahini? I’m in! 🙂

    This looks so simple and comforting. Lovely ♥

  26. This is almost to pretty to eat…ALMOST! I’m also a quinoa lover Harriet, I usually add left over veggies and turn plain quinoa it into a delicious meal.

  27. Hey!

    If I use 1/4 of each ingredient will the receipe still work? Id like to make this just one serving

    Thanks, looks delish!

    1. Hi Basak! I definitely think that should be okay! I would suggest just mixing the dressing ingredients by hand though with a spoon etc., as there wouldn’t be too much of it 🙂 I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy it!! 😀

  28. I love anything with a tahini sauce! This looks delicious!

  29. This looks so comforting and healthy and delicious! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  30. I made this for lunch today, and it was absolutely delicious!!!

    1. Thank you so much! <3

  31. What can I use instead of brown rice syrup ?

    1. Hi Taylor, you can use any alternative liquid sweetener like maple syrup/coconut syrup etc 🙂 I hope this helps! <3

  32. This was delicious! Loved it- for the mixed herbs I used rosemary, thyme, oregano and paprika! Omitted the brown rice syrup and still tasted fabulous! Thank you for the great recipe- will definitely be making this again.

  33. Making this tonight .. will grill veggies, as opposed to roasting .. also have fresh kale from my garden! .. looking forward to it

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoyed it!

  34. Your dish looks so delicious..Its healthy and tastiest as well

    1. Thank you so much Riya!

  35. I loved the veggies and quinoa piece. I cooked the peas with the quinoa, but waited to add the kale to the cooked and still hot quinoa; it softened but did not cook the kale. I don’t care for tahini dressings, so I made a lemony basil vinaigrette. My changes personalized it to my tastes, and it was stellar! Next time I will roast chickpeas as weall.

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