Caramelised Onion, Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa

Caramelised Onion Quinoa

I wanted to post another soup recipe when I remembered I promised the next recipe would be something else than soup. I still have many soup recipes I would like to share here. Not today, though.

I have something else for you. Soups are my favourite food because you can make them ahead and just heat them up for a quick lunch. Same as soups, salads are easy and quick to make, therefore, ideal for a quick lunch. Do you like quinoa? I have become addicted to quinoa since our new year's detox. I have already tried many recipes, however combination of caramelised onion, fried mushrooms, broccoli and balsamic vinegar instantly made the top of my favourite quinoa recipe list. It's so easy and tasty that I had to share the recipe with you. This salad is very good even when it's cold, so if you have any leftovers, just keep them in an airtight container in your fridge for a quick lunch the next day.

Broccoli and Mushroom

What a shame I didn't have any quinoa left for our weekend trip to the English countryside. That would be perfect picnic food. It looks like spring has finally come back after two long cold weeks. More trips and picnics will be planned and I can't wait! I love when nature wakes up and everything around you is green and full of fresh energy. The feel of sunshine on my skip makes me very happy.

Countryside, England

I truly love weekends spent in the countryside. The peaceful quite interrupted only by birds chirping is so relaxing and it gives me so much energy. I wish you all a great week!

Broccoli and mushroom quinoa

Caramelised onion, mushroom and broccoli quinoa
Serves 2-3

160g quinoa
400ml vegetable stock
3tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled, halved and sliced
1/2 tsp golden cane sugar
2tsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
180g mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 head broccoli, broken into small florets

Rinse the quinoa in plenty of cold water and drain. Place it in a medium saucepan, add hot vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, until it's tender and all the liquid is absorbed.

Meanwhile, heat 2tbsp oil in a frying pan, add the onions and cook slowly for 15 minutes, until soft and caramelised, but not browned. Add the sugar, 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar, salt and cook for another two minutes. Stir into the cooked quinoa and set aside.

In the same pan add 1 tbsp oil and add mushrooms. Cook on medium heat, until softened, about 7 minutes. Meanwhile, put the broccoli into a large pan or Pyrex bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them sit in the water for two minutes, then drain. When mushrooms are soft, add garlic and cook for one minute. Lastly, add the drained broccoli, remaining balsamic vinegar and toss everything together. Mix the vegetables with the quinoa and onions, toss well, and serve.


  1. I have only had quinoa once and was not to fond of it but this recipe makes me want to try it again. It sounds great!!

  2. I can't help but love you pictures, every day more! I see you just rinse quinoa. I was told I had to soak it overnight to remove the soapy film covering each grain, and that prevented my from cooking quinoa often.
    I will try again without soaking it!

  3. @Juls - Thank you my dear! I've actually never tried to soak quinoa. I just rinse it well in plenty of water and it tastes great. I should try soaking it though, to find out if it makes any difference in taste.

  4. I love quinoa and i prepare it almost always as you did. Great recipe!

  5. love the animal shots :) they brought a smile to my face! Love the horse <3

  6. The photo of the horse is so-so beautiful. I love quinoa, this is a my kind of meal... healthy and nourishing.

  7. Gorgeous photos Sari and what a delicious salad! I adore quinoa so this is a must-try for me! :-) xx

  8. Ooh, yummy! I'm always trying to think of new ways to eat quinoa. So great!

    Loooove the horse picture...beautiful!

  9. Nice and healthy Sari...and I adore those animal shots cute!

  10. Since I was in school and the teacher speak about the old Incan Empire always I was fascinated with their way to grow the food in mountain terrace, and quinoa was one of the more important due his high protein levels (14g/100g)

  11. What a lovely salad... cold or hot, I am sure it is delicious!
    - Brittany

  12. I love the countryside too. Your pictures are lovely. I'm also on the quest for new quinoa recipes so this is much appreciated.

  13. The cow is adorable! You have such lovely & beautiful nature right in your back yard!

  14. am joining all the admiration - trying to decide if I like the cows or the quinoa more. must be cows:)

  15. :) trying to get good pictures of the food i made !! you are a wonderful cook and an amazing photographer !! :D

  16. Great recipe! This was the first time I tried to cook quinoa and I'm glad I came across your blog for the inspiration. I used the liquid from dehydrated mushrooms to cook the quinoa (instead of veg stock) which added a really nice rich flavour. Thanks Sari :)

  17. Stumbling upon your blog,very lovely and I enjoy reading every minute of it. Beautiful pictures!