Sun-dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Quinoa

While scouring cookbooks and recipes online for some quinoa inspiration I came across a recipe with quinoa and goat cheese.  My tummy perked immediately!  Goat cheese and I are friends…we go WAY back!  But the recipe still needed to have a few more friends invited to the party.  Add to the guest list sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, basil and balsamic and let the party begin my friends!  The goat cheese makes this dish very creamy, which to me was a bit unusual for quinoa.  The most surprising thing about this dish was that the person in our house who enjoyed it the most was my 13-month-old daughter.  She was happily eating peas one by one on her high chair tray when all of a sudden she noticed the yumminess in my bowl and started reaching for the spoon.  I gave in and she LOVED it!!!  I am so proud of my little foodie!

Sun-dried Tomato And Goat Cheese Quinoa

  • 1 1/2 cups Water or Vegetable Broth
  • 3/4 cup Quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 2 tbsp. Goat Cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Basil

Bring the water or broth to a boil in a medium saucepan and add the quinoa, broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes.  The broccoli will be tender and the liquid will be absorbed.

Stir in the goat cheese, balsamic and fresh basil.


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  1. David Kinnard

    Do you soak the quinoa before adding it to boiling water? I’ve been soaking for 20-30 minutes before cooking and wondering if it’s really necessary.

    • Whitney

      Yes, it is a good idea to soak and rinse the quinoa before cooking. Sometimes I soak it for 30 minutes…..and well, sometimes I forget and just soak it while the water is coming up to a boil! :)

  2. We have just discovered quinoa and I’m on the lookout for good ways to fix it. This one looks great! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. I love goat cheese. This looks like a great recipe.

  4. I’ve been craving sun-dried tomatoes for a while now. This will be a great change from the pasta salad I usually make.

  5. So funny. Just finished a roasted chicken with confit tomatoes and goat’s cheese. But a quinoa version definitely sounds worth checking out. I’ve made macarons using quinoa and realise just how healthy this ingredient is. If your 13-month daughter loves it, there’s no reason why my giants at 8 & 11 won’t adore it! THanks for the inspiration.

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