Quinoa Primavera Recipe

quinoa primavera Quinoa Primavera Recipe

I love quinoa.

I love how it’s so filling. I love that my kids lick their bowls when I make it for them. I love that it’s packed with protein. I love that it’s an inexpensive way to make a gluten free meal. And I love that you can mix just about anything with it for a delightful one dish dinner.

Tonight we have on the table a Quinoa Primavera with diced grilled chicken, peas and tomatoes from the garden. Tossed with a creamy herb sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese.

It’s the perfect combination of bold flavors…from the burst of the sweet tomatoes, to the fragrance that comes from the fresh herbs, to the little bite from the fresh garlic.

Tasteful and healthful dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less with this Quinoa Primavera.

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Quinoa Primavera

Yield – 4 servings
Prep Time – 10 minutes
Cook Time – 15 minutes


1 3/4 cup quinoa
2 cups diced grilled chicken
12 oz. bag frozen peas, cooked
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp chopped fresh herbs, basil, oregano, parsley
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese, for each serving bowl



  • Boil 4 cups of water, then add the quinoa and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, milk, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Once cooked, toss the quinoa with the grilled chicken, peas, tomatoes and cream sauce. Add to serving bowls.
  • Sprinkle pinchful of Parmesan cheese into each serving bowl.
  • Serve Quinoa Primavera warm or chilled.
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5 Responses to Quinoa Primavera Recipe

  1. Bethanie Lundgren says:

    I made this last night for dinner…it was SO delicious! I made less since it was just for my son and I and subbed in half of the neufchatel with herbs de provence goat cheese. Added basil, parsley, chives and thyme for the herbs. My son (who is 3) dislikes raw tomatoes but gobbled it up in this dish and had seconds! This is one of the best ways I’ve made Quinoa yet!

  2. Ana says:

    I made quinoa last night for dinner with roast vegetables. It’s so versatile and easy to make… I feel like every time I make it a meal looks “put together” even if I just spent 20 minutes on it.

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  4. tara says:

    Can this dish be prepared and then frozen?

    • Erin says:

      Hey Tara,

      You could freeze the cooked quinoa, chicken and peas together in a baggie and make a note to add the creamy sauce after you thaw and reheat it all together. I would not freezer that cream cheese based sauce.


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