Red Quinoa with Cilantro and Lime


This Red Quinoa with Cilantro and Lime recipe is a really light and simple dish to make using only 4 clean ingredients.

You could enjoy it as a stand alone side dish or use it as a filling for a tortilla wrap, lettuce wrap or even in a salad.

It has the tangy flavor of lime with a hint of cilantro and is full of the protein that quinoa is known for.

I decided  to use red quinoa instead of plain quinoa to give it a little color and loved how it complimented the green cilantro.

If you want to try another red quinoa recipe, try my Red Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing.  It is more of a meal and takes a little extra time to make, but is so good!

Want more healthy side dishes?  Check out Spicy Turmeric Twice Baked Potatoes, Clean Eating Zucchini Boats with Creamy Garlic Sauce,  Acorn Squash Rings with Walnuts and Dried Apricots or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating snack and side dishes just like this one that you will love!



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5 Fast Facts About Quinoa:*

  • high in anti-oxidants
  • anti-inflammatory
  • high in magnesium (20.9% DV) and folate (19.5% DV)
  • gluten-free
  • complete protein containing 9 essential amino acids

5 Fast Facts About Limes:*

  • aids in digestion
  • fat burner
  • contains more vitamin C than a lemon
  • anti-oxidant and anti-biotic effects
  • extremely alkalizing to the body

5 Fast Facts About Cilantro:*

  • can help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • can help lower the risk of diabetes
  • a thermogenic food to help energize metabolism
  • can help improve circulation
  • rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and potassium

5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption


*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.











Tip #1:  I used red quinoa to give the dish color, but you could use plain quinoa instead.

Tip #2:  The measurements of cilantro, lime and Himalayan pink salt were to my preference, but you can adjust it to your liking.

Tip #3:  You can enjoy this dish warm or cold (I preferred it warm) and can even use leftover quinoa to make it.

Tip #4:  You could add extra to it like onions, jalapenos or even some black beans for extra protein and fiber.


Red Quinoa with Cilantro and Lime (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free) The Healthy Family and Home


  • 2 cups organic red quinoa (cooked)
  • 3 Small organic limes (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 handfuls organic fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt


Step 1 Prepare quinoa according to package directions.

In a medium-sized bowl, add the cooked quinoa, chopped cilantro, fresh squeezed lime juice, pink himalayan salt and stir until well combined.

Serve warm or cold, as a side dish, as a filing in a wrap or sprinkle over a salad.



This recipe will make approximately (2) servings.



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  1. Ajith says

    I just prepared it and I am having it as a standalone food. I find it extremely dry to eat! Any suggestions on how that could be improved?

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Ajith! I’m sorry it wasn’t good for you. I would maybe try to add a little more lime juice (but not too much because then it might be overpowering) and/or a touch of extra-virgin olive oil.

      I think what I will do the next time I make it is actually measure the amount of lime juice I used instead of listing it as “3 limes”, since the sizes and amount of lime juice can vary.

      Thank you for trying out the recipe and I hope one of those suggestions makes it better :)

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