This fluffy Cilantro Lime Quinoa is simmered in chicken broth with caramelized onion and garlic, then  it’s tossed with a wee bit of fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro, making this a delicious side kick to serve with grilled veggies, chicken, fish or your favorite Mexican dish.

I don’t know about you but lately I’ve been seeing some really gorgeous cilantro lime rice recipes on Pinterest, which is perfect for lighter, fresher and easier recipes for the warm summer months ahead.  I love cilantro lime rice, but what I love even more is cilantro lime quinoa.  It’s got a great refreshing taste and it’s healthier for you than white rice.  So let’s look at the recipe for this one-pot Cilantro Lime Quinoa and how see just how quick and easy it is to make.

First you sauté some onion in a little olive oil until it starts to caramelize., then add in the minced garlic.  This is one of my favorite aromas to have waifing through my house.   After the onions are nice and golden, then I add the liquids and onion powder.

Put the lid on the pot, turn the flame on low and let it simmer until the liquid is all but gone (about 20 minutes).   I let the quinoa cool down for a few, then fluff  with a fork and add the lime juice and cilantro then fluff some more.

If you want to make this Cilantro Lime Quinoa as a meal on its own, toss in some warmed rinsed and drained black beans. This Cilantro Lime Quinoa and this Spanish Quinoa are two of my favorites side dishes to make with just about anything.

~ Deborah



yield: 4 – 6 servings

total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup low-sodium free-range chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup organic cilantro, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and saute 1 minute then add garlic and quinoa and saute 2 minutes longer.
  3. Pour in chicken broth,  water, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and onion powder.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.  (Don’t remove the lid)
  5. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, stir in cilantro and remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.


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