Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa – a quinoa recipe for the books. Quick and easy to make, and goes with any Mexican dish! A great alternative to rice!

Cilantro lime quinoa recipe

Quinoa Recipe perfect for any Mexican meal!

Today, I am sharing an easy quinoa recipe, Cilantro Lime Quinoa. This is one of go to side dishes. I love that it is easy to make and healthy! We probably make this easy quinoa recipe once a week, it is so good and good for you too!

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa recipe is very similar to our Cilantro Lime Rice  – we just swapped the rice for quinoa. I love the boost of protein from the quinoa. This Quinoa recipe will surely please quinoa fans. The Cilantro Lime Quinoa goes great with any and every Mexican dish – enchiladas, burritos, burrito bowls, fajitas, quesadillas, and tacos.

Quinoa recipe with cilantro lime, perfect for Mexican Food

Tips for Cooking Quinoa

  • Make sure you rinse the quinoa before cooking. Quinoa has a natural coating, called saponin, that can make the cooked grain taste bitter or soapy. Place the quinoa in a mesh strainer and rinse under cold water.
  • To cook 1 cup quinoa, you need about 2 cups liquid.
  • Quick tip for getting extra flavorful quinoa from this, or any savory quinoa recipe: cook the quinoa in vegetable broth or chicken broth. 
  •  You can use a rice cooker or Instant pot to cook quinoa. Follow the manual’s instructions.
  • Fluff your quinoa with a fork before serving so it is nice and fluffy.

When the quinoa is done cooking spice it up by adding: garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. That is it! The quinoa has a nice flavor and is the perfect side dish for any Mexican meal.

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Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


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


  1. In a large pot, combine the broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook until broth is evaporated and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, covered. Remove lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. Stir in garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm.
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