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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. Chrissy — June 28, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    We normally use chicken broth when making our quinoa and did so when we made some lime-scented quinoa. Did the veggie broth bring out a good flavor in this recipe? We’ll have to try the little big of sugar next time, too!

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  3. Shut Up & Cook — August 2, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    Love this! I am a big fan of quinoa, but get tired of doing it the same way. I also adore cilantro, but it comes in such large bunches I often have a hard time using it all up. This is brilliant!!

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  7. Megan — September 14, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    this was my first time making quinoa and it turned out excellent! I’m on a diet so I omitted the sugar and salt, I didn’t have any low sodium vegetable or chicken broth on hand so I just made it with water, even with these changes it still tasted great! Thanks for the great recipe, I’ll be adding this to my regular rotation :)

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  9. Heather K. — October 31, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I made this last night as a side for jerk chicken. It was our first experience with quinoa. My husband & I both loved it and will definitely be having it again! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Treena — December 27, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    I don’t think that 1/4 t sugar is that high of an amount to this recipe when you consider the amount of servings. Also, I add cumin, and corn, black beans, diced red pepper, even maybe large diced shrimp. I love these flavours!

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  14. Divya — March 25, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Recipe is great but if you add one hand full roasted crushed one time, peanuts it will be wow

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  16. Jodi — May 19, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    What temperature do you cook the quinoa at? It say bring to boil, but it doesn’t say if you lower the temp after the initial boil. The first time I made this it turned out great. But I just made it again and the bottom burned. I stirred it several times and turned the heat down several time, ending on about medium (5).

  17. Marie — August 1, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! Since I am really the only quinoa-eater in my family, I have enough left for a few meals! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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  23. Susan — October 4, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    I love love cilantro and love quinoa and have no idea why I never thought to make something like this! Kudos, and I’m gonna do it this weekend. Thanks!

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  26. Courtney — January 9, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    I just made this recipe and i loved it! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  30. shannon — July 11, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    My quinoa takes forever too get tender and way more liquid than any recipe calls for…what am I doing wrong?

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  32. Connie — January 25, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    Jody, did you ever make this recipe – Cilantro Lime Quinoa? I tried making it one time and I was not impressed. It has been so long, of course, I don’t remember what recipe I tried. This one sounds very interesting though.
    My neighbor, who is a vegetarian, made a vegetarian chili which was delicious. She said the quinoa was what it gave it a good texture and helped people not miss the meat.

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