Cilantro Lime Quinoa


All I can think about is how nice my long, 3 day Labor Day weekend was. The world would be a better place if ALL weekends were 3 days long. Why can’t that be a thing? WHY?

My weekend consisted of a butt load of recipe testing, cooking, and picture taking. And I really couldn’t be more happy about that. Also, this month marks one whole year since I started my blog. Crazy! But, I’m doing something extra special to celebrate that so we’ll move on to the quinoa.


I’ve been really into quinoa the past year. I started out just making it plain with a bit of salt and pepper. But lately I’ve been doing all kinds of fun things with it and I’ve even been trying out different kinds of quinoa. This simple recipe of adding a touch of S&P + Cilantro and some Lime is my absolute favorite though. Just be careful you don’t put too much lime. I’ve made that mistake and it’s a hard taste to balance.

Also, this quinoa makes me think of Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice and that makes me SO so happy.

While your quinoa is a cookin’, you can cut up the onion and throw it in a greased skillet to saute for a few minutes. While that’s happening, chop of the cilantro and green onion and get your limes ready to juice. I’m all about efficiency in the kitchen.


Once the onions are sauteed and the quinoa is cooked, all that’s really left is to throw it all in a big bowl and stir. Add the onion to the quinoa…


And then the cilantro and lime juice.


Give it all a nice good stir and you’re pretty much done.


Once plated, I like to add some green onion on top and maybe a few more pinches of cilantro (because I’m thoroughly obsessed).


What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa??


Cilantro Lime Quinoa



  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1/41/2 cup cilantro, chopped (depending on your likeness to cilantro)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • optional: green onion for serving


  1. Cook quinoa according to directions.
  2. Using minimal oil (I use olive oil spray), saute your onion until it begins to turn transparent, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Once quinoa is cooked and the onion is sauteed, combine the quinoa, onion, cilantro, and lime juice in one big bowl. Stir.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!!!


This recipe makes enough for 2 rather large servings (perfect if you’re eating it as a meal) or 4 moderate side servings.


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38 comments on “Cilantro Lime Quinoa”

  1. YUM! I’m so obsessed with quinoa these days. This looks so yummy and easy to make!

  2. lazy person way to add some flavor to quinoa: cook it with some chicken broth and/or a bit of butter :).

  3. I will totally sign a petition to get that 3 day weekend going ha! This looks delicious–I have been wanting to try my own quinoa recipes (since I always love it in restaurants!) I am going to give this one a go!



  4. I absolutely love quinoa. I’m going to try this soon. I just love cilantro and lime it’s perfect for warm weather.

    –Me And My Mini Me

  5. I’m not the biggest fan of cilantro and lime together (I know, right? I’m weird). But those photos make me want to dive right in. Love your photography!

  6. I can’t stomach the taste or smell of cilantro, but I bet my sister would love this recipe. She eats cilantro on its own.

  7. Oh my gosh, this recipe looks amazing! I absolutely love cilantro, lime, and quinoa, so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe. Maybe I’ll incorporate it into my next Mexican food night! Yum!

  8. This looks so fresh and delicious! I am a huge fan of quinoa, too. I make it at least once a week. I’m always looking for new ways to mix it up. I might try this tonight for dinner!

  9. Yum! This looks so good :) Definitely pinning for later! :)

  10. I’ve never tried it, but it looks so fresh and light! :)

  11. You said the magic words — cilantro! I would never have thought to put them in quinoa but why not. Looks delish!
    Thrifting Diva

  12. I have quinoa in the cupboard and I NEED to cook it. Maybe this will inspire me enough to do so haha

  13. Happy blog anniversary. Yes all weekends being three days would be awesome.

  14. Happy anniversary for your blog! That is quite the milestone. That sounds so amazing, I am obsessed with cilantro. But what exactly is quinoa… like a rice type thing?

  15. I love that rice at Chipotle and I have a bag of quinoa that I need to make. DONE!!!

  16. I need to eat more quinoa, I’ve been eating more couscous, but all the cool kids are eating quinoa.

  17. I have never eaten quinoa before. This recipe looks delicious, I may just have to try it!

  18. hi britta! i am loving your blog! all the recipes are so refreshing and so yummy!

  19. This sounds so delicious. I love cilantro lime rice, so it’s totally up my alley. Pinned for later!

  20. Wow this looks amazing! I love all the green in it so pretty for food. A treat for the eyes and the mouth.

  21. This looks so easy and good! I think I may be the only person who has never cooked quinoa…

  22. I’ve never had Quinoa but that looks delicious like everything else you make

  23. Yummmm! I very rarely cook with Quinoa but I may have to give this a try!

  24. I love Quinoa. This looks really simple and tasty!

    Katie <3

  25. Love this recipe! Must try!

  26. MMMM… yes! Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice is amazing! Must try this recipe too :-)

  27. nom nom nom!!! pinning this it looks delicious! I am always trying to find good ways to cook quinoa!

  28. this sounds delicious! I love cilantro and lime recipes – they’re always so fresh!

  29. I am pinning this for later. I love cilantro and lime!!!

  30. Looks delicious. I’ve made a similar dish, I just add avocado and use purple onions.

  31. Now this is my type of food. I can’t wait to make this for my family!

  32. never had quinoa before, love how simple the recipe is

  33. this looks so good! i love quinoa! :)

  34. mmm…i love quinoa! and this recipe looks delicious!