Quinoa Salad with Finger Limes

Have you seen those funny looking little finger limes in your produce market?

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I saw these in a produce market not too long ago and I passed them by. I didn’t know what a finger lime was. A little while later I saw them as a specialty item through our CSA and I decided to buy a small box.

finger limes

These limes are very small, no more than an inch or two long. I did a quick Google search for finger limes and saw that their pulp is like little caviar beads.

finger lime pulp

If you cut into the finger lime and roll it in your fingers, tiny lime beads start to emerge.

These lime beads are used in drinks, desserts, and in any recipe you want to create. I hope you enjoy them in this quinoa salad recipe.

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Quinoa Salad with Finger Limes

Quinoa Salad with Finger Limes


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa cooled
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced fennel 1 whole bulb
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 14 ounce can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 7 in finger limes cut in half, lime pearls squeezed out
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients.
  2. Squeeze and roll finger limes in your fingers to extract all of the caviar beads.
  3. Put lime beads in with other ingredients.
  4. Mix well.
  5. In a small dish, add lime juice and oil.
  6. Mix and toss with quinoa and vegetables.

Enjoy :-).




  1. This is so my kind of dish…so healthy and YUM!

  2. Thank you Sandi! I have never heard nor seen those limes before but now I will be on the look out here in Holland for them. I drink water with a squeeze of lime in all day every day (that is my drink!!) so I would love to try these too!

  3. We just had a discussion on the under use of limes. These finger limes provide an entirely new opportunity to provide flavor to so many things. Your recipe here with the quinoa looks like an ideal use of finger limes!

  4. I, too, have never heard of finger limes, but I am sure going to find some. Love, love and your quinoa salad looks delish.

  5. Your Quinoa salad is perfect for vegetarians. Fennel adds such a wonderful spice to Quinoa.

  6. I’ve only just recently heard of these little finger limes. I’m so intrigued and really need to keep my eye out. This Quinoa salad looks absolutely delicious.

  7. I’ve never heard of finger limes. Can’t wait to find them.


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