Quinoa with Grilled Summer Squash & Green Beans

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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

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

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes


  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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…. 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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  13. I had a pile of green beans. I needed to use them, and wanted a different idea, for cooking them. This was simple and delicious. I also had yellow squash, so it was perfect. I also threw in some peppers and onions.

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