Two Peas and Their Pod

Quinoa with Grilled Summer Squash & Green Beans

Josh likes to go mountain biking on Saturday mornings. Mountain biking is not my thing, I am still getting used to riding my bike around the neighborhood, so I gladly stay with Caleb. I love our Saturday mornings together, just me and my little pea.

One of our favorite Saturday morning activities is going to the farmers market. I push Caleb in the stroller and we wander around the market.  Caleb loves the commotion at the market. There are so many new things for him to look at. He waves to the people and goes crazy when he sees a dog. We have to stop to say hi to a lot of doggies:)

I love shopping for fresh, local produce. Last Saturday we purchased zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, and a watermelon. I used the vegetables to make Quinoa with Grilled Summer Squash and Green Beans.


When Josh got home from his bike ride, I showed him our fun market finds and we made lunch together. We do a lot of grilling during the summer months. I love grilling because we don’t heat up the house, it’s a healthy way to cook, and the flavor is incredible. Plus, Josh always mans the grill so I don’t have to do much work..ha!

I cooked up some quinoa and prepared the vegetables. I tossed the zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans in a balsamic dressing and put them in a grill basket. If you don’t have a grill basket, you can wrap the veggies in aluminum foil and place the packet on the grill.

Josh grilled the veggies to perfection and I added them to the cooked quinoa. I stirred in freshly chopped basil and drizzled the dish with a splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I sprinkled a little Parmesan cheese on top and voila-a delicious market fresh meal!

We enjoyed our lunch on the patio and talked about our Saturday mornings. Josh always has good bike stories to tell and he loves hearing about our adventures at the market. I love summer Saturdays, especially when good food is involved!

Don’t let summer’s bounty pass you by. Head out to the market or your garden and gather some fresh summer vegetables to make this Quinoa with Grilled Summer Squash & Green Beans dish.

Quinoa with Grilled Summer Squash & Green Beans

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

This healthy quinoa dish with grilled vegetables makes a great summer dinner or lunch.


1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
Pinch of salt
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 large yellow squash, sliced
1 1/2 cups green beans, ends snapped off
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup freshly chopped basil leaves
Extra balsamic vinegar and olive oil, for drizzling over dish, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, for garnish, optional


1. First, using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, place the zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic. Pour balsamic dressing over the vegetables and toss until vegetables are well coated. Season vegetables with salt and pepper, to taste.

3. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Place the vegetables in a grill basket. If you don't have a grill basket, spread out the vegetables on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Add a top sheet of foil and crimp the edges of the sheets together to make a packet. Place on the hot grill and cook until tender crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the grill.

4. Place the cooked quinoa in a large bowl. Add the grilled summer squash, green beans, basil, and stir. Drizzle with extra balsamic vinegar and olive oil, if desired. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish dish with Parmesan cheese, if using. Serve warm.


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58 Responses to “Quinoa with Grilled Summer Squash & Green Beans”

  1. Rosa — August 1, 2012 @ 5:51 am

    A perfect combination! That dish must be reallydelicious.



  2. Maura — August 1, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    I’ve been wanting to make my first quinoa recipe (yes, late joining the band wagon), and this one sounds great! We love grilling and all the fresh veggies this time of year!

  3. Excellent recipe! I have all of the ingredients on hand, I have to make this dish, it looks so tasty!!

  4. Erica — August 1, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    Kaylin and Caleb…seriously meant. Kaylin is a dog fanatic. She freaks out every time she sees one! We haven’t been able to go to the market due to my teaching and her swimming schedule! Last swim lesson is this week, so I’m hoping to go next week. This dish looks so summery and delicious

  5. DessertForTwo — August 1, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    I love a good summer recipe that uses not one, but two types of veggies! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Minnie(@thelady8home) — August 1, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Sounds so delicious! And very fresh too. Thanks for this healthy recipe.

  7. Marian (Sweetopia) — August 1, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Sounds like Saturdays are lovely and I feel like heading out to the farmer’s market right now! Thanks for a delicious looking recipe!

  8. Ashley — August 1, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Let’s make dinner together. You bring this and I’ll eat it. :) I’m also not a mountain biking fan. To be fair, I’ve never tried it. But biking up and down hills, on little dirt paths, through the mountains does not sound like something I want to do. I guess on the plus side you don’t have to watch for cars. However, seeing that I get lost while merely walking through the woods, it’s probably not the best fit for me. Aaaaand now I’m stopping this outrageously long comment. So….dinner?

  9. marla — August 1, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    love this healthy quinoa recipe Maria!

  10. A great flavor and texture combo!

  11. carrian — August 1, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    I wish we lived closer to a better farmers market. The ones we had in Washington and California were amazing. The one here at Thanksgiving point is just, ok. Nothing special. Such a bummer. Love the zucchini though! Our garden is overflowing with the stuff!

    • Two Peas replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

      Come up and we will hit the SLC market together!

  12. HeatherChristo — August 1, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    This looks like such a great summer side Maria!

  13. kelley — August 1, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Yum!!! This looks great, Maria. I keep looking for new recipes to use up all the zucchini that is always laying around. Sounds like a fun Saturday morning with Caleb.

  14. Kalyn — August 1, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    Great combination!

  15. heidi@foodiecrush — August 1, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    What are you doing buying zucchini?? I have a plethora. Looks delicious and I have a new recipe to use mine up on!

  16. Kari@Loaves and Dishes — August 1, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Grill baskets are terrific, the basket makes it easier to prepare the entire meal outside, without the worry of little veggies falling into the fire.
    I like the nuttiness of quinoa, does the black quinoa have a sublte difference in taste, or is it dramatic?

  17. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 1, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    I have yet to try Quinoa! I know….sad, huh? This looks yummy.

  18. Sweetsugarbelle — August 1, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    So excited!!! We have tins of squash…what a perfect way to use them!

  19. I need to get my hands on more zucchini before it it gone! This salad looks perfect!

  20. Sarah — August 1, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    Beautiful! This is right up my zucchini-lined alley…

  21. Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 1, 2012 @ 1:18 pm


    I can’t believe I just said that.

  22. Anna — August 1, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    Grilling vegetables is our favorite way to have them! Love this salad!

  23. Cassie — August 1, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    I have been all about quinoa and fresh veggies this summer. Grilling them would add such flavor, must try!

  24. Paloma — August 1, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    I love zucchini! And those green beans look just perfect! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  25. Dara — August 1, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    I’m heading to the farmers market this weekend and have bookmarked this recipe! Thanks!

  26. Julie @ Table for Two — August 1, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    someone is reading my mind 😉 i got some yellow squash in my csa haul today and i was brainstorming something to make w/it & i thought “i bet maria would have something on her blog that involves squash” and lookie here…. :)

    • Two Peas replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

      Glad I could help you out:)

  27. Jen @ Savory Simple — August 1, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Your son is so lucky. I wish there had been farmers markets where we lived when I was growing up. I want to see all of those beautiful colors through the eyes of a child! I’ve been eating a lot of quinoa lately so this is right up my alley.

  28. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — August 1, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    oh Maria! This is right up my alley!!

  29. Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — August 1, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    I love going to the farmers market on Saturday mornings too. This looks wonderful, I’ll have to pick up the ingredients this Saturday!

  30. Rebecca — August 1, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    I know cookies are your specialty, but I always get excited when you post your veggie dishes on here. They’re always so good and so simple to make!

    • Two Peas replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

      I am glad you enjoy our veggie recipes!

  31. Deborah — August 1, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    I love all of the fresh flavors! I have been grilling more myself this year than I ever have before. (Usually my husband is the only one at the grill.) I need to try this out!

  32. kitchen essence — August 2, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    yes, I love the fresh flavours too.

  33. MikeVFMK — August 2, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    Love seeing new veggie options and the mrs. is wild for zucchini (well, not really wild but loves them) plus we love quinoa. A definite meatless monday in our future.

  34. najwa kronfel — August 2, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Beautiful combination of flavors. I love quinoa and always looking for different ways to make it. Great recipe!

  35. I LOVE all these ingredients. So healthy and perfect for summer. Yum!

  36. JulieD — August 2, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Love this, Maria!! Seems so fresh and summery…I want to make this now!

  37. This looks fresh and delicious – beautiful, Maria!

  38. We’re always looking for new ways to use the zucchini and summer squash. I love this fresh market salad!

  39. Pam — August 2, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    What a great way to use up the zucchini & squash. I am also eyeing those tasty chocolate and zucchini cookies down below. YUM!

  40. Riley — August 2, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    This looks like a delicious recipe! I can’t get enough quinoa these days.

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