Salad/ vegetarian

Lime Cumin Quinoa

May 19, 2014 (Last Updated: February 12, 2016)
Lime CUmin Quinoa

You know that feeling you get when you read a recipe, just know that it will be delicious, and are totally pumped because you have everything to make it? In my case that was recently quite short lived as I proceeded to start making Indira’s Foolproof Lime Cumin Quinoa only to realize that I had used up my can of black beans the day before. Sigh.

But I really wanted Quinoa you know? In my head it was going to make up for all the ice creams and cookies I’d been having. So I did the only logical thing and powered on and boy am I glad I did. This was easy, quick and extremely flavorful. I resisted my very Pakistani urge to add green chilies and/or chili powder to this, but I imagine that those would make this dish even yummier.

Oh, in case you’re wondering, apparently quinoa’s magic powers do not include erasing the after effects of consuming my Milk Chocolate Toffee Crunch Ice Cream. Oh well.

My omission of black beans aside the only other change I made in this recipe was to throw in a handful of roasted cherry tomatoes. I love the sweet caramelly taste of roasted tomatoes and when cherry tomatoes start to come into season I tend to buy them, roast them and keep them handy. They are great as a side at brunch and a wonderful way to add more depth into light summer dishes like this one.


Foolproof Lime Cumin Quinoa
Serves 4

ΒΎ cup Quinoa, dried
Β½ Bell Pepper, diced
1 cup of tomatoes diced or roasted cherry tomatoes (whole)
1/2 cup Corn
ΒΌ cup chopped Shallots
1/4 cup cilantro

Juice of 2 medium Limes (about 1/3 cup)
2 tsp Cumin, ground
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Olive Oil
ΒΎ tsp Salt
Black Pepper


If you choose to roast up some cherry tomatoes like I did then preheat your oven to 325 degrees, toss a pint of cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and spread them on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes then shake the pan to move them around and bake for another 10.


Cook that pretty pretty Quinoa according to package directions and let it cool.


Combine the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a bowl and whisk until it all comes together. Add the dressing to the quinoa along with all the other ingredients and stir gently to combine. Unless smushed quinoa is your thing…


Taste, season if needed. Let the flavors sit to combine and eat it warm or cold. I liked mine warm topped with finely chopped cilantro and some cool sharp feta for contrast.



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    May 19, 2014 at

    Just awesome! You had me at lime πŸ™‚

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    May 19, 2014 at

    Sounds delicious!

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    Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried
    May 19, 2014 at

    Looks lovely!

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    May 19, 2014 at

    I think that’s because you’ve got the order mixed up! You should have quinoa first, your toffee choc ice cream after πŸ˜‰

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      May 19, 2014 at

      Aaahhh.. I knew I was doing something wrong πŸ˜‰

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    May 19, 2014 at

    ooh this looks great! I imagine it would be fabulous with some grilled chicken or shrimp!

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      May 19, 2014 at

      I was thinking that too! Shrimp and Quinoa are so good together!

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    May 20, 2014 at

    Looks really good! I think it’s one of those dishes that will go well with grilled chicken or shrimp or a side salad or perfect just as is.

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    Sadaf Afshan
    May 21, 2014 at

    This looks like a great way to have quinoa. The only that I have eaten quinoa is as a porridge…..would love to try this.

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      May 21, 2014 at

      Wow. It didn’t even occur to me to eat quinoa like that. Recipes???

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    June 16, 2014 at

    Hi Sarah! I actually just realized that I never commented on this! I’m thrilled that you tried my Quinoa recipe and that it turned out so well. It looks beautiful! Sucks about the black beans but hey, it just gives you an excuse to make it again πŸ™‚

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