Cilantro Lime Quinoa Side Dish

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon.  It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa Side Dish is fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice.  Just 25 minutes to cook the Quinoa, 3 ingredients, and this is yours too!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon with lime and cilantro on counter. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Quinoa is truly a superfood!

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is actually an edible seed that is referred to as a Superfood because of its health benefits.  It’s high in complete protein including 8 amino acids and it has more fiber than most other grains.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium.

The texture is similar to a couscous, but a little more fluffy.  It has a mild, slightly nutty taste, similar to brown rice.  However, because it’s so mild, it really absorbs any flavors you mix with it.  

Try these other easy and delicious Quinoa Recipes!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon with lime and cilantro on counter. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CILANTRO LIME QUINOA SIDE DISH

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

Well my friends, not much to this one, so make the entire thing ahead!  Woo hoo!

To start, rinse the quinoa in a strainer under water.  Then cook it according to package instructions.

Rinsing Quinoa in strainer for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Boiling water with Quinoa for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Cooked Quinoa for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

While the Quinoa is cooking, you can zest the Lime and chop the cilantro.Zesting lime for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Chopped cilantro on cutting board for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

When the Quinoa is done, fluff it up with a fork. Then add the Lime Zest, a teaspoon of lime juice, the cilantro, and olive oil. Mix to combine and then taste for seasoning. Add salt as needed. Top with just about any veggie or protein and enjoy!

Chopped cilantro and lime zest on quinoa in pot for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a pot. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon with lime and cilantro on counter. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa is fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword gluten free, healthy recipes, quinoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Lime, Zested
  • 3 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer and then cooking it according to package directions making sure to add a tsp of salt to the water. 

    Cooked Quinoa for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood
  2. While the Quinoa is cooking, you can zest the Lime and chop the cilantro.

    Zesting lime for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood
  3. When the Quinoa is done, fluff it up with a fork.  Then add the Lime Zest, a teaspoon of lime juice, the cilantro, and olive oil.  Mix to combine and then taste for seasoning.  Add salt as needed.  Top with just about any veggie or protein and enjoy!

    Chopped cilantro and lime zest on quinoa in pot for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

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