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Greek Quinoa Salad

This Greek Quinoa Salad is bursting with delicious Mediterranean flavors, healthy ingredients & plant based protein! It’s vegetarian, gluten free & easily made vegan! This recipe is easy to make, perfect for meal prep and can be served hot or cold.

Quinoa salad in bowl with sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese and green onions

I love creating quinoa salads. They’re filling enough to eat as a meal, but they’re also great as a side dish! They’re filled with plant based protein, healthy and gluten free.

I introduced this Quinoa Caprese Salad on the blog a few years ago to rave reviews. Since then I’ve shared recipes for Mexican Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Corn Salad and now this Greek Quinoa Salad!

I love incorporating the flavors of the Mediterranean into my recipes. Sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs all add a ton of flavor to this Mediterranean style quinoa salad.

Chickpeas and quinoa are both wonderful sources of plant based protein. This is a great recipe for vegetarians or vegans looking to add more protein to their diet. It’s easy to make this quinoa salad vegan by simply omitting the crumbled feta cheese on top.

I love to meal prep this salad at the beginning of the week, then eat it for lunches throughout the week. A little drizzle of lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper really brightens up this salad after taking it out of the fridge! Trust me, after trying this salad once, you’ll be hooked!

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Mexican Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

Mexican roasted sweet potatoes top this easy and delicious, healthy, vegan Quinoa Bowl recipe, perfect for lunch, dinner & meal prepping!

Roasted diced sweet potatoes in bowl with diced avocado, pico de gallo, lime wedge and copper fork, with orange and white striped towel underneath and fresh cilantro in the background

Happy New Year! Who’s excited for more healthy & seriously delicious recipes in 2019? I know I am! Today I’m getting the party started with this Mexican Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl recipe!

Bowls have been a MAJOR TREND on the blog the last couple of years!

Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are still in the top spot for viral Facebook videos with over 5.1 MILLION views!

Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls continue to be a huge hit on Pinterest and everyone loves this Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl!

Now it’s time to add a new bowl into the mix! This Mexican Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl is so flavorful and easy to make in under 30 minutes.

You can meal prep a few for the week or just make a couple for a quick & easy dinner! It’s gluten free and vegan, making it the perfect fit for a healthy lifestyle.

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Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Fresh grilled corn, nutty quinoa and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed with a creamy avocado dressing for a vegetarian & gluten free salad full of flavor and nutrition!

Gluten Free Quinoa Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

I am all about fresh grilled corn, I’ll eat it straight off the cob, turn it into Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn, make it into Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa or add it to this Fresh Corn Salad recipe. It’s one of my favorite summer staples and I seriously can’t get enough of it!

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The Best Veggie Burger with Black Beans & Sweet Potatoes

Quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans & veggies are combined in this healthy, gluten free, black bean veggie burger recipe. These veggie burgers can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer!

Hand Holding Black Bean Veggie Burger

Over the years I’ve tried many veggie burgers, from homemade, to restaurants, to pre-packaged at the grocery store, you always get one of two things, a burger filled with veggies or a vegetarian burger that’s masquerading as a meat burger, which tastes more like meat than veggies.

While I’ve had great versions of both, I tend to prefer the veggie-filled burgers. Since I’m not a vegetarian, when I eat veggie burgers I’m not trying to replace a beef or turkey burger, I’m simply looking for a super flavorful and unique way to go meatless and add more veggies to my diet!

After years of working on creating the perfect veggie burger, I’m here today to introduce you to The Best Veggie Burger you’ll ever have!

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Buffalo Chickpea Vegan Buddha Bowl

Buffalo chickpeas, quinoa and veggies are tossed together in this healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe, topped with an easy homemade vegan ranch dressing, all made in just 20 minutes!

Buffalo chickpeas, quinoa and veggies are tossed together in this healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe, topped with an easy homemade vegan ranch dressing, all made in just 20 minutes!

When it comes to healthy, easy meals for lunch or dinner, buddha bowls are my go-to! From Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls to Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls to Vegan Grilled Veggie Buddha Bowls, all of these gluten free and vegan buddha bowl recipes are easy to make and perfect for meal-prep!

For this Buffalo Chickpea Bowl, I tossed my favorite sauce with one of my favorite meatless proteins, then added spicy jalapenos, fresh tomatoes and carrots, creamy avocado and a vegan ranch dressing on top.

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Top 17 New Recipes of 2017

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out the Top 17 delicious new recipes of 2017 on the blog, featuring everything from buddha bowls to cinnamon rolls and tacos to pasta!

Top 17 delicious new recipes of 2017 on the food blog WhitneyBond.com, featuring buddha bowls, cinnamon rolls, tacos and pasta!

This is my favorite time of the year, it’s the holiday season and the end of the year, a time to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the year ahead!

I started the tradition a few years ago of counting down the top new recipes from the year on my Instagram page and this year I decided to turn it into it’s very own blog post!

I love looking back each year and seeing which new recipes of the year really took off and grabbed the attention of my readers. I definitely take into consideration these popular recipes from the past year when planning for the new year ahead.

There were a few themes this year, bowls were big, from buddha bowls to zoodle bowls, everyone is loving the new bowl recipes (and the old bowl recipes as well, my Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls video has been viewed over 4.1 MILLION times on Facebook!)

Other popular trends this year included sweet treats, recipes with buffalo sauce and easy pasta recipes, all things I love as well!

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Grilled Veggie Vegan Buddha Bowl

 The Green Vegan Buddha Bowl is filled with grilled veggies, green tahini sauce, avocado & quinoa for a healthy, filling meal that’s also gluten free!

The Green Vegan Buddha Bowl is filled with grilled veggies, green tahini sauce, avocado & quinoa for a healthy, filling meal that's also gluten free!

Spring has arrived and grilling season is here!

I’m not going to lie, I own 4 grills. An indoor grill,  a tabletop outdoor grill, a rolling “tailgate” grill and a fancy new Char-Broil infrared grill.

To say I enjoy grilling would be an understatement!

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Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Roasted sweet potatoes & quinoa are topped with delicious Thai peanut sauce in this easy, healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe!

This popular buddha bowl has been shared over 30,000 times on Pinterest! People rave about the flavor of the dish and how easy it is to make! If you love this bowl, you’ll also love these vegan recipes for Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls and Buffalo Chickpea Buddha Bowls!

Roasted sweet potatoes in bowls with quinoa, shredded carrots and cilantro

While 2016 was the year that the Wall Street Journal claimed “Bowls Are The New Plates“, the bowl trend isn’t going anywhere in 2017! According to the “Pinterest 100”, Buddha Bowls are one of the Top 10 Food Trend Predictions of 2017!

So what exactly is a Buddha Bowl? It’s a healthy bowl filled with a whole grain, such as brown rice or quinoa and raw or cooked veggies, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower. It’s then topped with a healthy sauce or dip, such as hummus, peanut sauce or pesto.

I love the Buddha Bowl Trend because it’s a fun way to play around with different healthy options in the kitchen without eating the same thing over and over! It’s also great for meal prepping. You can easily prepare a few delicious bowls to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

In this recipe, I roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper, bringing a ton of flavor to this healthy bowl! I tossed the sweet potatoes on top of cooked quinoa, which adds fiber, protein and a nuttiness to the bowl. Brown rice, farro, couscous, or your favorite grain would also work well!

I topped the bowl with shredded carrots, cilantro, peanuts and most importantly, my famous Thai Peanut Sauce! This recipe makes more peanut sauce than you need for this recipe. Place the remainder of the sauce in a mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed that you have extra of this sauce on hand!

It’s so delicious on everything from Thai Peanut Chicken Naan Pizzas, to Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs. If you’re looking for more vegan recipes to use it on, try these Thai Peanut Pineapple Veggie Rice Bowls or this Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry, minus the chicken + extra veggies!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad

Spinach & kale are tossed with an avocado vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash, pistachios, dates & quinoa in this vegan & gluten free kale salad recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad Recipe

If one of your goals in 2016 was to eat healthier, while still enjoying super flavorful food, then I have just the salad for you!

When it comes to healthy recipes, I love to get in the kitchen and create delicious new dishes that are healthy, while still full of flavor, and this salad is just that!

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Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

This vegan & gluten free Mexican Sweet Potato Salad recipe is filled with healthy & delicious ingredients like quinoa, avocado, black beans & peppers!

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

When it comes to eating healthier, no one (especially me!) likes to compromise taste, that’s why I’m always coming up with healthy recipes that are still packed with flavor!

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Quinoa Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Add healthy protein & fiber from quinoa to this gluten free chicken enchilada casserole recipe made with homemade creamy avocado enchilada sauce!

Quinoa Chicken Enchilada Casserole

My first thought when I wake up every morning is “what can I put that delicious creamy avocado sauce on today?”

Haha, ok so maybe not every morning, but definitely a few, several, maybe dozens of times, this has been my first thought in the morning!

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Black beans, tomatoes, jalapeños & avocados are combined in this healthy, vegan & gluten free Mexican Quinoa Salad recipe!

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Two of my favorite salads I’ve ever made are this Quinoa Caprese Salad and this Greek Quinoa Salad. I decided to put the healthy and popular grain to use once again in this Mexican Quinoa Salad. It’s gluten free and vegan, yet packed with protein!

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Roasted Tomato Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Roasted tomatoes & blueberries add bright, delicious flavors to this gluten free & vegetarian summer quinoa salad recipe!

Roasted Blueberry Tomato Quinoa Salad

As a food blogger, whenever a holiday rolls around, you have one goal in mind, come up with something that’s festive, delicious and hasn’t already been done. And for me, something that doesn’t just involve throwing food dye in everything to make it color coordinate to the holiday.

Last week I shared my recipe for Gluten Free Dessert Cups that are naturally red, white and blue, and perfect for the 4th of July, but I still kept the holiday in the back of my mind over the last week to see if any more brilliant ideas would hit me.

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Quinoa Crusted Mexican Chicken

Chicken parmesan gets a Mexican makeover in this gluten free recipe for quinoa crusted Mexican chicken covered in pepper jack cheese & fresh salsa!

Quinoa Crusted Mexican Chicken

My second most favorite thing about being a food blogger is recipe development. First is eating… obviously! 😉 Read the full post here!

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Zucchini, corn and chickpeas are combined in this recipe for vegan, gluten free quinoa burgers. A great vegetarian alternative to traditional burgers!

Vegan Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Every time I think of Quinoa Burgers now I think of that Bud Light commercial. “What the heck is a Quinoa?” That commercial totally cracked me up the first time I saw it.

I’m pretty sure anyone who has ever bought a frozen Quinoa Burger patty might agree with most of the things said in the commercial. I’m also pretty sure that anyone who has ever made a homemade Quinoa Burger filled with fresh veggies and spices will tell you that they are absolutely delicious!

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Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

Quinoa and black beans are combined with delicious spices to make the perfect protein packed, gluten free and vegan quinoa taco soup recipe!

Quinoa Taco Soup

I couldn’t think of a more perfect recipe to share on Meatless Monday than this Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup! This soup is not only vegetarian, it’s also vegan. And most importantly, it’s so delicious!

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Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

In this quinoa stuffed mushroom recipe, sun dried tomato pesto is mixed with herbs & quinoa then stuffed in mushrooms for a healthy, gluten free appetizer!

Quinoa Stuffed Mushroom Recipe

This stuffed mushroom recipe is a delicious and healthy way to start off the New Year.

They’re perfect for serving as appetizers at a New Years Eve Party and were a hit at my annual Christmas Birthday Cocktail Party!

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Quinoa Caprese Salad

This flavorful, gluten free & vegetarian Caprese Salad recipe is given a boost of protein & health benefits with the addition of quinoa!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

On Sunday, I prepared a large Italian style family dinner for my roommates and friends!

My roommates adorable girlfriend requested a light, pasta salad, I had already been thinking about making a caprese salad, so I combined the two in this Quinoa Caprese Salad!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

I substituted quinoa for pasta to add protein to the dish, while still remaining vegetarian and making the dish gluten-free!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

This salad is the perfect side dish with dinner, but is also filling enough to eat for lunch alone!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe Ingredients

Quinoa Caprese Salad Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • ½ cup red onion (fine dice)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper (fine dice)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cubes)

Quinoa Caprese Salad Instructions

Begin by bringing the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

In the mean time, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the red onion and bell pepper.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup olive oil, basil, parsley, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Whisk well, then add the sautéd onion, bell pepper and garlic.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Add the tomatoes to the dressing.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Add the cooked quinoa and mozzarella the tomatoes.

Toss well and serve!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

I can’t wait to serve this salad at summer BBQ’s, so light, refreshing and delicious!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

 

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe
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Quinoa Caprese Salad

This flavorful, gluten free & vegetarian Caprese Salad recipe is given a boost of protein & health benefits with the addition of quinoa!

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 29 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 588 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup red onion minced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella cubes

Instructions

  1. Bring the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the red onion and bell pepper.
  4. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  5. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Add the parsley and basil to a small mixing bowl, add the remaining ½ cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  7. Whisk well, then add the sauteed onion, bell pepper and garlic.
  8. Add the tomatoes to the dressing.
  9. Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Add the cooked quinoa and mozzarella to a large bowl.
  11. Add the tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing to the salad.
  12. Toss well and serve.