Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Black Beans 2

Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Black Beans

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • yield Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: Mexican


A zesty Cilantro Lime Quinoa mixed with earthy nutritious black beans makes the perfect gluten free side dish for your Mexican food fiesta!



  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of lime zest
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves, smashed or smeared {directions on how to roast garlic}
  • 1 {15 oz.) can of low sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
  • salt & pepper


  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is gone.
  2. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Fluff quinoa with a fork.
  4. Next add lime zest, lime juice, smashed garlic cloves, and low sodium black beans.
  5. Toss together.
  6. Next add chopped fresh cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Toss to combine everything and serve.
  8. This would be perfect with the Grilled Fajitas Skirt Steak and Chimichurri Sauce.

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