Gluten Free Quinoa Kale Cakes Recipe

Gluten Free Quinoa and Kale Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli Recipe

Quinoa and kale have a natural affinity for each other. The nuttiness of quinoa offsets the slight bitterness in kale and together they create a powerhouse of nutrition. That’s why these Gluten Free Quinoa and Kale Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli are my newest obsession!

For this recipe, I used tri-color quinoa from Hodgson Mill. What I love about this kind of quinoa is that it makes for a pretty presentation because of the color variety, plus it gives you the best of all three worlds — white quinoa, red quinoa, and black quinoa.

You may be wondering the difference between the three. Nutritionally, they are very similar. But, they do have a few key differences that make each one unique in its own right.

White Quinoa: This type is the fluffiest and lightest. It’s the most commonly used, and works well in any recipe calling for quinoa, due to its mild flavor.

Red Quinoa: This type is slightly crunchier and firmer than white quinoa, making it great for salads. Its flavor is a bit nuttier than white quinoa.

Black Quinoa: This type is the crunchiest of the three and has an earthier yet sweeter flavor.

The combination of all three makes for a great texture in this recipe. Top these babies off with the flavorful red pepper aioli and you have a company-worthy appetizer. Or, serve these with a side salad or soup for a complete lunch or dinner.

Quinoa Kale Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli Gluten Free

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Gluten Free Quinoa Kale Cakes Recipe
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Gluten Free Quinoa and Kale Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 (2 cakes per person)
Calories: 592kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ½ roasted red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
  • ¾ cup uncooked Hodgson Mill Tri-Color Quinoa
  • cups gluten free vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale (from about ½ bunch – ribs removed)
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


  • In a small food processor or blender, add the bell pepper and 1 garlic clove. Process until finely chopped. Add the mayonnaise and blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  • In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Add 2 cloves garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the vegetable broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover the pan, lower the heat, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
  • Remove the cover from the pan, fluff the quinoa with a fork, add the kale and cheese, and stir to combine. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then stir in the eggs.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Scoop ¼ cup of the quinoa mixture per cake and form into a disk about ½-inch thick. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown and the cakes are a little firm.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Quinoa and Kale Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 cakes)
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 1034mg43%
Potassium 244mg7%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 3990IU80%
Vitamin C 45.1mg55%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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