Vegan Quinoa Salad with Finger Limes

Have you seen those funny looking little finger limes in your produce market? They may taste like lime, but they look nothing like one!

Quinoa Salad with Finger Limes is a delicious light salad recipe

Finger Limes

I am a recent finger lime convert! These tiny little finger limes in a produce market not too long ago and I passed them by. Crazy right? 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 out of the package

You are probably asking why I have a picture of pickles…but these are actually 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. The beads just burst with flavor when you bite down.

finger lime beads are the pulp

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

I hope you enjoy them in this easy quinoa finger lime salad recipe.

These lime beads are used in drinks, desserts, and in any recipe you want to create. This vegan, gluten free recipe is great for a light lunch.


Quinoa comes in so many colors and flavors. It’s high protein content makes it a favorite for vegans and health food lovers. Quinoa is the perfect base for this delicious salad. Bring it to your next cookout or picnic, it keeps fresh perfectly. I love quinoa in so many foods, especially this easy breakfast hot cereal.

Quinoa and Finger Lime Salad

How to make quinoa salad

Quinoa Salad with Finger Limes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Quinoa Salad with Finger Limes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 137 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 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.

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  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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