Pressure Cooker | June 7, 2018

How to make Instant pot Quinoa // Quinoa Caprese Salad

This is my go to way of cooking Instant Pot quinoa. I love quinoa and its health benefits! I especially love adding quinoa to all my salads. It’s light, fluffy can be basically flavorless- but adds a ton of protein to your meal to make it a little more filling with our making it less healthy.  I’m showing you how to make instant pot quinoa – the PERFECT quinoa you’ll ever make. It’s easy and fast! After its cooked toss it with your favorite salads! (like the quinoa caprese salad pictured below.)

freshly made plain quinoa in a white bowl

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a seed! When cooked just right it turns into fluffy little balls of amazingness. Quinoa is low-carb, high in protein  high in iron, potassium and calcium. It’s also gluten-free! It’s such a healthy alternative to a lot of starches. We love it at our house, even the kids!

plain quinoa in a white bowl

How to make instant pot quinoa

Quinoa has got to be the easiest thing to make in the instant pot, even easier than rice! Here are a couple of tips:

  1. Double check your quinoa instructions- sometimes they need to be rinsed before cooking!
  2. Put a little EVOO or Avocado oil in the pan BEFORE adding the quinoa to prevent the starches sticking to the bottom of the pan. (this works for rice too!)
  3. Cook it with broth! Quinoa needs that little flavor boost.
  4. Dont walk away from your instant pot because this cooks wicked fast!

caprese quinoa salad in a white bowl

How to make Summer Quinoa Salads or quinoa bowls?

There are millions of different combos for quinoa salad and bowls. You really can add quinoa to any salad or anti-pasta salad you wish! Here are some of my other favorite ones- Mexi-Quinoa bowl , or this sweet potato arugula salad (it’s deadly… it’s that good!) to this Rainbow Quinoa Salad.

caprese quinoa salad in a white bowl

But today I’m taking the traditional, ever loved caprese salad and changing it up just a little bit to a quinoa caprese salad. 

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad calls for very few ingredients 1. fresh mozzarella, 2. fresh basil, and 3.ripe tomatoes! The combination fo these threes things + some sea salt is heaven in your mouth. When I added quinoa to the salad it was perfection. To make this salad follow the directions of the caprese salad and toss in this cooked quinoa! THAT’S IT!

caprese quinoa salad with balsamic dressing

When I add the quinoa to the salad it add a little sustenance to the salad. It goes from being a party appetizer to a healthy lunch (especially on the go) or even dinner. But don’t get me wrong you can still serve this up as a party appetizer and no one will complain :)

caprese quinoa salad in a white bowl with a balsamic drizzle

I love to drizzle Trader Joes balsamic glaze over it- such great flavor and pairing. Balsamic glaze is often served over caprese salad.

caprese quinoa salad in a white serving bowl with a wooden spoon

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Instant pot quinoa
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
16 mins

Fluffy healthy instant pot quinoa

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pressure cooker, quinoa
Servings: 6
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (rinse if not pre-rinsed)
  • 1 cup broth
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Rinse quinoa with cold water for about a minute.

  2. In instant pot coat bottom of pan with oil. Add quinoa broth and cook high pressure for 1 minute. natural release for 4 minutes then quick release. Fluff with fork. 

  3. Serve with your favorite salads, veggies or meats! if serving with a cold salad allow to cool before tossing with cold ingredients. 

Stove Top Instructions
  1. Rinse quinoa with cold water for about a minute. Bring quinoa and broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool.
Nutrition Facts
Instant pot quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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