Cilantro Quinoa Zucchini Corn Fritters

This lovely, cooling recipe is wonderful as we move into warmer weather.  

Thank you to Elise Cantrell whose original recipe I have modified here and this is one of the recipes that is used in the 40 Days to Enlightened Eating class.  Enjoy this and many other tasty recipes as your journey to a better you!

For this recipe, use organic ingredients whenever possible.  The recipe comes with a yogurt based dressing but if you prefer a non-dairy option or want to decrease the kapha aspect, I found a simple dressing of olive olive, balsamic vinegar and Italian herbs lovely, too.

Cilantro Quinoa Zucchini Corn Fritters

Cilantro Quinoa Zucchini Corn Fritters


  • Fritter Recipe:
  • 1 unpeeled, washed, grated small zucchini
  • 1 c. organic cooked corn (great fresh off the cob)
  • 1/3 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 stalk celergy, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat or other flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. quinoa cooked in 1 cup water until water evaporated (about 20-25 minutes)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil, ghee or a combination
  • Fritter Dressing:
  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro leaves
  • Juice 1 small lemon
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c. plain yogurt (try the homemade recipe!)
  • extra spices as you desire


  1. Fritter Instructions:
  2. Saute the zucchini, bell pepper and celery in 1 Tbsp oil until soft.
  3. Remove from heat and add cooked corn, quinoa, cilantro, flour, eggs, and salt and pepper.
  4. Mix together thoroughly and form into 8 flat patties.
  5. Place the remaining 4 Tbsp oil in a skillet and when warm add the patties and cook on medium heat until both sides are golden brown.
  6. Serve over a bed of greens (I used a spring garden lettuce mix and added baby spinach and arugula). Drizzle with the dressing.
  7. Fritter Dressing Instructions:
  8. This recipe originally called for 2 cloves garlic which I leave out as they don't agree with my body and are more rajasic or overly stimulating in energy; you can use them or add in other spices and herbs if you want more flavor.
  9. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender and serve.

©2014, Jamie Durner, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner & Wellness Educator at Ayurveda Wellness in Brookfield, WI

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