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Try out this vegan Baked Quinoa “Meatball” and Green Salad! The perfect blend of flavors makes this a tantalizingly tasty take on traditional meatballs. Not only will it satisfy your senses, but you’ll also be getting a boost of nutrition from all the fresh vegetables and quinoa. Plus, with its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this mouthwatering recipe is something that even beginner chefs can master!

Baked Quinoa “Meatball” and Green Salad


This flavourful, vegan dish is a healthy twist on classic Italian-style comfort food. A medley of ground almonds, green onions, dried cranberries, and herbs adds robust flavors to the delicious quinoa “meatballs”. Baked until golden brown and crispy on the outside, the interior remains light and fluffy within each hand-formed bite.

Layered over a bed of fresh greens, cucumbers, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and radishes, the protein-packed quinoa balls provide both satisfaction and satiety to this nutrient-dense lunch or dinner option. Finished with a bright citrus dressing that is full of antioxidants, this baked quinoa “meatball” and green salad is an utterly delightful culinary creation that will have your taste buds promptly returning for seconds servings!  


Vegan Baked Quinoa "Meatball" and Green Salad

Vegan Baked Quinoa “Meatball” and Green Salad

Health Benefits


Health-conscious eaters can benefit from this tasty yet nutrient-rich dish. Baked Quinoa “Meatballs” serve up high levels of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins, thanks to the power of quinoa and other superfoods. Here are some of the ingredients that have multitude of health benefits:



Rich in minerals such as magnesium and iron, quinoa is also packed with antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and improve overall health. Not only high in protein and fiber, quinoa is also naturally gluten-free as well, making it an excellent alternative for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities. 

Ground Almonds


Ground almonds offer immense health benefits, which make them an excellent addition to your diet. They are an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. On top of that, ground almonds are packed with various minerals that the body needs, including copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.



Rich in dietary fiber, cranberries help facilitate digestion, while simultaneously being quite delicious. Packed full of antioxidants, dried cranberries can boost immune system strength and help protect the body from free radical damage.  


Nutritious and Delicious!

Nutritious and Delicious!

Baked Quinoa “Meatball” and Green Salad


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Baked Quinoa “Meatball” and Green Salad

If you love the idea of filling up on delicious and nutritious plant-based meals, this vegan baked quinoa “meatball” and green salad dish is for you! Packed with slow-burning complex carbs, fibrous vegetables and satisfying protein sources, this all-in-one option is perfect for lunch or dinner. Plus it’s utterly delicious too – trust us! Read on to find out exactly how we like to prepare our vegan take on a classic Italian favorite.

Let’s gather the ingredients!

Quinoa “Meatballs”

  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
  • ½ cup almonds (ground)
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • pinch kosher salt (to taste)
  • pinch black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 sprigs green onion (chopped)
  • ⅓ cup cranberries (dried)
  • 1 bunch parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Green Salad

  • 3 cups lettuce (romaine or green ice, chopped)
  • ½ cup cucumber (sliced)
  • ½ cup cherry tomato (sliced into quarters)
  • ¼ bell pepper (sliced)
  • 4 radish (sliced)
  • ½ cup citrus dressing (or other favorite salad dressing)

Let’s Begin!

Quinoa “Meatballs”

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked quinoa, almonds, flax seed, spring onion, dried cranberries, parsley, and olive oil until all evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper, then mix.

  3. Using our hands, form the mixture into 1-2 inch balls, then place them onto the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until they look crispy and start to slightly brown.

Green Salad

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the Lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomato, bell pepper, radish and salad dressing.

Let’s assemble and serve!

  1. Portion the mixed salad in a salad bowl, then top with the baked quinoa meatballs.

  2. Enjoy with family and friends!

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Baked Quinoa “Meatball” and Green Salad: A Delicious Fusion of Flavor and Nutrition

This Vegan Baked Quinoa “Meatball” and Green Salad recipe offers a delightful fusion of flavors and textures, while also providing a nutritious boost from its wholesome ingredients. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan chef or just starting out in the kitchen, this dish promises both satisfaction for the palate and nourishment for the body. Give it a try, and let your taste buds embark on a culinary adventure that celebrates health and flavor in every bite.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute any ingredients in the quinoa "meatballs"?

Yes, feel free to customize the recipe to your taste. You can swap ingredients like nuts, herbs, or dried fruits to suit your preferences.

Can I make the quinoa "meatballs" ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the quinoa “meatball” mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. This can save time, especially for busy weeknights.

Is the citrus dressing essential for the salad?

While the citrus dressing adds a vibrant flavor, you can use any salad dressing you prefer or even make your own. The choice of dressing is flexible and can be adjusted based on personal taste preferences.

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