Cook's Hideout: Cilantro Lime Quinoa

November 10, 2014

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blogging Marathon# 46: Week 2/ Day 1
Theme: Lemon/ Lime Recipes
Dish: Cilantro-Lime Quinoa
We are starting another week of Blogging marathon today and my theme for this week is 'Lemon/ Lime recipes'. Adding lemon juice to any dish brings out the flavor and makes it taste refreshing.
Cilantro Lime QuinoaI wanted to make Cilantro-Lime rice for today, but used quinoa instead of rice and made this cilantro-lime quinoa. This is a light and fresh tasting dish that is a great alternate to plain quinoa. Lime and fresh herbs make this dish a perfect complement to heavier stews and fried foods, and it's super simple to put together, too, a great plus when there are other dishes cooking on the stovetop.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa
I served this with some spicy black beans and roasted vegetables. Even my picky son loved the combination. I wanted to take a photo of all the dishes together but the kids got hungry before I could click the photos and ate up all the accompaniments -- I saved a bowl of quinoa to take these photos.

Quinoa - 1cup
Lime juice - 2tbsp
Lime zest - 2tsp
Cilantro - ¼cup, finely chopped
Green Onions - 1, finely chopped
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • In a heavy pot, combine quinoa, 1¾cups of water or broth, olive oil, lime juice, zest and salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for 15~20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice grains are tender.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle the cooked quinoa with chopped cilantro and green onions. Fluff the quinoa gently. Serve immediately.
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 46.


  1. Not a fan if quinoa but that bowl looks perfect. Spicy beans sounds like a great accompaniment.

  2. As always your pictures are stunning Pavani! What a lovely healthy twist to the Tex Mex favorite.

  3. Comforting ..Simple meal ..Great clicks

  4. Give me that bowl, i can finish my lunch happily with this alluring quinoa..

  5. Such a healthy dish. Quinoa is one of most healthiest grains. Couldn't find them in the Supermarkets on my recent trip to Europe.

  6. Like that bowl. .looks si good and refreshing.

  7. I have to still try my hands on Quinoa looks yumm.

  8. Wow that bowl looks so appetizing.. Love to finish it..Yum!

  9. wow such an healthy and delicious recipe :) Love the way you used lemon in this dish , really a must try one !!

  10. That's really a very healthy option you got there Pavani..lovely pictures..

  11. yum.. will go well with any gravy :-)

  12. the whole meal sounds yummy with the beans and veg too please!

  13. The pictures are simply stunning. Simple and lemony quinoa!

  14. Sounds delicious!!Lovely pics!


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