The Red Quinoa Recipe You've Gotta Try

This protein-packed whole grain dish, featured on The Chew, will keep you full for hours. Here's how to make it at home.

The Red Quinoa Recipe You've Gotta Try


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds carrots (peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces at a bias)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 scallions (sliced on bias)
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dry red quinoa (cooked to package instructions)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds to garnish
For the Dressing:
  • 1/2 orange (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Make It

For the Dressing:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the orange juice, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and maple syrup. Whisk in the olive oil in a steady steam. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Add the dried cherries and allow them to plump while you prepare the carrots and quinoa.

2. Heat a cast iron skillet medium-high heat. Add carrots to a large bowl, toss with olive oil, and then pour into cast iron pan. Cook the carrots undisturbed for a few minutes, allowing them to caramelize. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes and then add the cinnamon, cumin, and coriander. Combine until fragrant. Lower heat to low and cook until carrots are tender.

3. Combine carrots with quinoa and in the bowl with the vinaigrette. Toss to coat, and then top with scallions, crumbled goat cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds. Serve warm.


Helpful Tips:
  • 1. You can cut the carrots any way you like, as long as they're all relatively the same size. 2. Substitute the goat cheese for feta for a new spin. 3. Daphne uses red quinoa because it holds its texture the best, but any quinoa will do.
  • Recipe courtesy of ABC's The Chew.