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Cilantro Lime Quinoa Recipe

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa is a healthy, light, and fresh side dish full of protein, perfect for burrito bowls, taco salads, fajitas, and burritos.

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“Fresh” is my absolute favorite word this time of year (most of the year it’s “spatula”…what can I say? It’s a funny word!).

But during the summer, the word “fresh” always precedes something delicious.

Fresh corn.

Fresh produce.

Fresh peaches. 

Fresh summer berries.

In other words, “fresh” all things amazing.

So, when I’m looking for summer recipe ideas for lunches and dinners, you better believe I’m looking for dishes that taste crisp, cool, and delicious!

bowl of quinoa sprinkled with cilantro

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa fits the bill because of all of that fresh (there’s that word again!) cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice.

How To Make Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Just cook up a pot of quinoa and start adding in the good stuff. This recipe takes it up a notch by adding in lime zest along with the juice, boosting the flavor that much more.

zesting lime into pot of quinoa

Stir in the cilantro and that’s all there is to it!

bowl of quinoa topped with fresh cilantro

You can use this for a burrito bowl, a burrito filling, or as a side for all of your favorite Mexican dishes (think fajitas or enchiladas).

bowl of quinoa topped with fresh cilantro and lime slices

It’s a great dish for potlucks, family gatherings, and summer barbecues.

bowl of quinoa on wooden table with green napkin

Add black beans, grilled chicken, guacamole – whatever else you like! It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa is a healthy, light, and fresh side dish, perfect for burrito bowls, taco salads, fajitas, and burritos.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa is a healthy, light, and fresh side dish full of protein, perfect for burrito bowls, taco salads, fajitas, and burritos.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c. uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • ½ c. chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan over high heat, bring the chicken broth and quinoa to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until quinoa is tender.
  3. Stir the lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro into the quinoa just before serving.

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This Cilantro Lime Quinoa is a healthy, light, and fresh side dish, perfect for burrito bowls, taco salads, fajitas, and burritos.

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