Lime + Cilantro Quinoa Salad

It was 90º and I wanted something light and refreshing, so I made this recipe for dinner last night. Afterwards I shared this photo on Twitter and Instagram and you all freaked out, so I thought I’d better post it before I started receiving threats in the mail. My edits are in parentheses.


Lime and Cilantro Quinoa Salad

found via words & pictures, adapted from Gourmet Magazine, Sept. 2007

• 2 teaspoons grated lime zest (I didn’t have any fresh limes on hand)
• 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I’m a fanatic, I used 3 tbsp bottled key lime juice)
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1 cup quinoa
• 1 cup corn kernels (I didn’t have any)
• 2 medium tomatoes, diced (I substituted 1 1/2 C halved grape tomatoes)
• 3 scallions, chopped finely (I used 1/2 C chopped red onion)
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
• 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (I had none)
• 1 fresh avocado, sliced, to garnish (I chopped mine up and mixed it right in)


Whisk together the lime zest and lime juice, butter, oil, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside. Wash and cook the quinoa according to the package (usually three rinses in water and simmered for 20 minutes). Fold in the corn kernels and add the quinoa to the lime dressing. Toss together and let sit for about 5 minutes or until absorbed. Then fold in the tomatoes, scallions, avocado, basil, and cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.

  • Julie-Inspired

    April 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm Reply

    One of my favorite things to eat lately! Hoe you enjoyed it!

    • Kelly

      April 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm Reply

      it was difficult to STOP eating it. 🙂

  • Casey

    April 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm Reply

    I’m just learning about the merits of quinoa. I’ll make this for sure!

    • Kelly

      April 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm Reply

      i’m a quinoa novice as well, but this was really simple.

  • Anna

    April 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm Reply

    yummy in my tummy. 🙂

  • Sharlene Yaqui

    April 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm Reply

    I have to try this. All of my favorite things in one dish.

  • Mitzi

    April 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Ooooh tasty! Looks like summer in a bowl!

  • Rachel

    April 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm Reply

    This looks incredible! I’m going to make it tomorrow for dinner . . . thanks for the recipe!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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