Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa – Quinoa Side Dish | Healthy Eats by Jennie

I love Chipotle! And I love their cilantro lime rice! I received a lot of limes from Misfits Market and I wanted to make a healthy Quinoa Side Dish variation of their cilantro lime rice.  This Quinoa Side Dish turned out great and reminded me of Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice. This made me very happy!  And a bonus is that this recipe is very easy to make. I made this recipe during a food prep session on a Sunday and was able to use this Quinoa Side Dish is a variety of meals during the week.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

If you love Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice, you will love this Quinoa Side Dish as a healthy version. This is a perfect recipe to make during a food prep session as you can use it for a variety of meals!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Quinoa Side Dish
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Big handful of cilantro leaves/stems coarsely chopped


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions (with regards to time, heat, amount of water, etc.) and before you cover the quinoa to cook, add in garlic, olive oil and salt.

  2. When the quinoa is done, fluff with a fork and then fold in the cilantro. 

  3. Add lime juice and stir.

Serving Ideas: use this Quinoa recipe in your healthy burrito bowls, salads, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, or as a side.

When I made this Quinoa Side Dish one week during a food prep session, I used it in salads for a few lunches and made burrito bowls for dinner.  For the burrito bowls and salads, I also incorporated my Fiesta Beans recipe with these meals.

Food Prepping Sessions: along with this Quinoa Side Dish, also make ahead some Fiesta Beans, guacamole, and salsas.

Check out my recipes for salsas that you can make during this food prep: Restaurant Style Chipotle Salsa, Fresh Corn Salsa, Fresh Pico De Gallo Salsa.

If you are interested in receiving organic produce at your door yourself and want to order Misfits Market, email me for a discount code.

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