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Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow! Are you ready to P-A-R-T-Y? Today I am sharing an easy peasy recipe for Cilantro Lime Quinoa and our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes.

The Cilantro Lime Quinoa is very similar to our Cilantro Lime Rice-we just swapped the rice for quinoa. Quinoa fans-you will love this recipe. The Cilantro Lime Quinoa goes great with any and every Mexican dish-enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, and tacos.

We cook the quinoa in vegetable broth for extra flavor. When it is finished cooking we add garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and a pinch of sugar. That is it! The quinoa has a nice flavor and is the perfect side dish to any Mexican meal. Add this Cilantro Lime Quinoa to your Cinco de Mayo party menu!

Here are a few of our other favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes:

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We hope these recipes help you get your FIESTA on! Have fun!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This easy and flavorful Cilantro Lime Quinoa goes great with any Mexican meal.


2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a large pot, bring the 2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Stir in quinoa and cook until broth is evaporated and quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes. Pour quinoa into a medium bowl and fluff with a fork.

2. Stir in garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm.

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76 Responses to “Cilantro Lime Quinoa”

  1. Heather @ Heater's Dish — May 4, 2012 @ 5:07 am

    I adore cilantro and lime together!

  2. Nicole H. — May 4, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    I LOVE your cilantro lime rice recipe and I also love quinoa – so in my eyes, this is a match made in heaven!! Can’t wait to try it.

  3. That sounds amazing! These are the perfect fresh combo!

  4. Marian (Sweetopia) — May 4, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Mmm, another delicious looking recipe, and so healthy too!

  5. Veronica of Muy Bueno — May 4, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    I have to give this recipe a try…I just happen to have all of the ingredients in my kitchen…love quinoa and of course limes and cilantro…Gracias amigos for a great new recipe for me to try..should go great with my pork ribs tonight! Sabroso! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!

  6. Blog is the New Black — May 4, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    This looks light, healthy, and delicious!

  7. Kelly S. — May 4, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Looks delicious! I am in love w/ lime these days and have been looking for a good quinoa recipe to try. Thanks!

  8. Traci — May 4, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    I’m always looking to try some new flavor combination with quinoa. This looks delicious!

  9. Jennifer — May 4, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Looks great! Happy cinco de mayo to y’all too!

  10. Love that you substituted quinoa for the rice! This looks great. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  11. Yum! I had quinoa for the first time this week and I love it! I’ll have to try it with Cilantro Lime!

  12. Tracey — May 4, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Yum, I’m always looking for new quinoa ideas as I try to learn to like it. This looks great!!

  13. Des — May 4, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I am just now really starting to experiment with quinoa. This looks like the perfect recipe to try next :)

  14. I made something very similar the other night. Love all the lime in this, so yummy!

  15. Emilie — May 4, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    seriously, this is brilliant. completely and 100% fuels my quinoa obsession.

  16. mireia — May 4, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    I’m pinning this!!!

  17. Erica — May 4, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I wnat to dump this on top of a green salad! How yummy! Happy (almost) cinco de mayo!

  18. Jill — May 4, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    I love cilantro lime rice, so I bet I will love this! Looks amazing!

  19. Jessica @ How Sweet — May 4, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    just when i thought i couldn’t love quinoa any more!

  20. Cassie Laemmli — May 4, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    Fabulous idea. I have been swapping quinoa for rice and pasta in most of our meals. Love this flavor combination!

  21. Love this idea – I think I definitely need to pick up some more quinoa this weekend.

  22. Tracy {Pale Yellow} — May 4, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    This looks like a wonderful recipe for a side dish. So healthful and flavorful!

  23. Joanne — May 4, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    I love the extra healthy kick that the quinoa gives to this dish!

  24. I love swapping quinoa for rice and this looks delicious! Perfect side!

  25. Wow this looks so good..and it’s healthy!

  26. Martha Mitchell — May 5, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I just love your website!
    the recipes (have tried many!) are always creative and healthy with great pictures and love your blogging!!
    thanks, keep up the good work!
    YOur little pea is cute as a button :))

  27. mary mcmahon — May 5, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    Hi, I need something clarified for me…have you heard as I have that since americans are eating so much quinoa that the prices for it in south america have gone up and the native peoples can no longer afford this nutricious grain and that we should not be buying it? Do you know anything about this? I am not using it anymore in my diet until I find out the answer. It might be the Ugly american striking again. thanks, Mary in Cincinnati

    • Two Peas replied: — May 6th, 2012 @ 12:29 am

      I haven’t heard anything about this. Sorry!

  28. Krissy's Creations — May 6, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    What a great idea to swap the rice with Quinoa! You use quinoa is so many amazing ways, I love it! Great recipe :)

  29. Sweetsugarbelle — May 6, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Thia is the addition that turned me on to quinoa! I love it now! Thanks!

  30. I have a bag of quinoa that I have yet to dip into and I don’t know what is stopping me. I’ve never tried it before but I felt compelled to give it a go. This will be my first recipe with it, I’m sure. It looks so fresh and delicious Maria. Wonderful!

  31. You know I’m a sucker for quinoa salads. Can’t wait to try this out for lunch tomorrow. My cilantro plant is ready to be harvested. :)

  32. Kevin (Closet Cooking) — May 8, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    What a nice take on cilantro and lime rice!

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  34. This looks amazing! I did not find it in time for Cinco de Mayo, but I will certainly be making it very, very soon.

  35. Yum! I’ve never cooked with quinoa and have been looking for a recipe to use to begin cooking with it. Looks like I found it!

  36. Mistral — May 10, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I’ll have to give this a try, thanks for posting!

  37. Ladyshrimp — May 11, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I made this last night with salmon filets on the grill and steamed broccoli. Everyone loved it! The first bite my bf took he made a face and then wiped his plate clean! I will make this again and again!!!

  38. Amy Keltner — May 22, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    I made this for my kids tonight and they LOVED it!!!! Thank you for the recipe.

  39. Stefanie Berry Stark — May 27, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    How do you think this would be without the sugar? I am eating sugar-free. I do use stevia, but am not sure if it would work well. Have never sweetened quinoa!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 28th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      You can leave out the sugar! It will be fine!

  40. Ruth — May 30, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    LOVE IT!
    Husband said, make a double batch!

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