Quinoa with Cilantro, Mint and Lime


Fresh cilantro, mint and lime have to be three of my favorite summer flavors. Add them to quinoa and they make a tasty side-dish. At least I think so. I can’t say my family agreed.

When I served this the other night, I expected that my husband and I would be the only ones to eat it. We actually were, but for some unknown reason, when I asked the boys to try it, three out of four agreed. The results were not entirely unexpected. I asked them all to rate the dish from 1 to 10 (10 being the best) and to describe it for me.

My husband gave it a 4 and described it as being virtuous. To my husband, this means that it tasted healthier than it did delicious. He also thought it tasted like the garden.

Son #1 gave it a 5 and described it as being tasteless. Tasteless?? It had more flavor than many dishes I make! The tastelessness was a plus for him. He actually said he kind of liked it.

Son #2 gave it a 2. He thought it was pretty terrible.

Son #3 gave it a 3 and said it had little flavor. Not sure what’s up with my sons’ taste buds.

Son #4 wouldn’t go near it.

I was happy to eat several servings with dinner, and I LOVED it chilled for lunch the next day. I’ll definitely make it again this summer, even if I have to eat it all myself.

Even though my sons didn’t like the dish, and didn’t eat more than a small spoonful, I’m grateful that they agreed to try it. I think it’s a very tiny step in the right direction.

I didn’t have a red onion on hand, so I used half a Vidalia onion.   I’m not a huge fan of raw onion in dishes, so I sauteed the diced onion in a little olive oil until it was softened.   I then added it to the quinoa.  It was delicious.

Quinoa with Cilantro, Mint and Lime
Recipe adapted from Tastespotting.com

3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled to room temperature (this is ~1 cup uncooked quinoa)
1/2 red onion, small dice
small handful cilantro (leaves only) chopped
small handful mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons very mild, light olive oil (or canola oil)
juice from one lime
zest from one lime
salt and pepper to taste

Toss everything together in a large bowl. Taste for seasoning. Adjust with additional lime juice, salt, and/or pepper.

Yield: 4 servings

One year ago:
Hot, Buttered Cauliflower Puree
Two years ago: Brownie Buttons
Three years ago: Corn and Black Bean Salad with Basil-Lime Vinaigrette

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3 comments to Quinoa with Cilantro, Mint and Lime

  • Gail

    I think the raw onion would have kicked up the taste…I love raw onion. 🙂

  • Lauren

    I need to make a tasty side dish but may not choose this since it was “tasteless” 😉

  • Colleen Doig

    My husband loves quinoa, so I have been looking for different recipes. I made this when we went on a picnic last week. We both really enjoyed it! Neither one of us thought it was “tasteless!” 🙂

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