Quinoa with Pesto Tomatoes and Corn

Quinoa with Pesto Tomatoes and Corn

Quinoa with Pesto

To switch it up a little bit from the few Asian themed recipes I posted recently today I’m sharing a quinoa recipe. I fell in love with quinoa earlier this year and used to cook it at least once a week. It will definitely be one of the foods I will miss while I’m frolicking around Asia for the next year. As one of the last quinoa recipes I prepared in my DC apartment this is a keeper. Who knew pesto and quinoa would make for a great match? They do indeed though. I added corn, onion, and cherry tomatoes into the mix as well, along with freshly sprinkled basil.

A delicious vegan, and gluten free dinner meal – ready in under 40 minutes. Healthy too. What more could you ask for?

Quinoa with Pesto

Yields 4

Quinoa with Pesto Tomatoes and Corn

A vegan, gluten free easy to make dinner meal! Healthy AND delicious!

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 tablespoons vegan pesto
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 ears corn on the cob, sliced off the cob
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • fresh basil, slivered


  1. In a pot heat half the olive oil and add garlic and quinoa. Cook, stirring frequently until quinoa is lightly toasted, 3-4 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked through. Add 2 tablespoons pesto to the quinoa and mix.
  2. In a saucepan heat remaining oil and butter over medium heat and add onions. Cook 2-3 minutes and then add corn, Continue to cook 3-4 minutes and then add cherry tomatoes. Cook 3-4 minutes and then add remaining pesto. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Toss quinoa with pesto mix and serve hot or cold. Sprinkle with fresh basil if desired.
Recipe Type: Dinner



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  1. Bec says

    Hi Vicky, I just made your quinoa recipe and it was delicious! Thanks for posting it. 🙂 I’m not a big fan of corn, so I left it out and added a big handful of pine nuts. Really works well with the recipe. 🙂

    • Vicky says

      Hi Bec! So glad the enjoyed the meal! Thanks for taking a moment to comment and let me know! Great idea to add pine nuts instead of the corn! Will have to try that version next time!

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