Quinoa gets tossed with red bell peppers, black beans, romaine, and red onions, then smothered in a dairy-free sauce with a jalapeño kick. An easy meal!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Vegan Green Chile Cilantro Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cashews, green chile peppers, hemp milk, jalapeno pepper, and salt in a blender; process until smooth.

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  • Pour cashew mixture into a small bowl; stir in 1 cup cilantro.

  • Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Divide romaine lettuce among 4 bowls. Top with quinoa, black beans, red bell pepper, and onion. Drizzle cilantro sauce on top. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and chopped avocados.

Tips

The magazine version of this recipe halves all the ingredients, except for the diced green chiles, and adds radicchio leaves for serving.

Nutrition Facts

855 calories; protein 33.4g; carbohydrates 110.2g; fat 35.2g; sodium 1482.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2018
The sauce may with out a doubt be the best part of this recipe!! we bought a chicken as a back up in case it wasn't good we still haven't touched the chicken and have been fighting over the leftovers. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2020
I made as written but used almond milk. This is was ok at best. I like the base but feel it needs a lot more flavor. Next time I will add lime juice to the sauce or perhaps salsa verde. Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2018
The sauce may with out a doubt be the best part of this recipe!! we bought a chicken as a back up in case it wasn't good we still haven't touched the chicken and have been fighting over the leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2017
I made mine without the red pepper black beans and green chiles; instead I used Verde salsa shredded carrots tomato chicken (opps that's not vegan!!!)and mushrooms which I had in my fridge the day I prepared this dish. I must say it is DEVINE!!! I also squeezed fresh lime juice over the salad;-) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2017
Wonderful!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2019
I used lightly salted cashews and removed the cilantro. Next time I'll go with unsalted cashews because the sauce was a little too salty once finished. This recipe was so yummy! This is the first time I've used quinoa in a recipe and now I am hooked! The flavors were well balanced and the avocado was the perfect final touch. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2017
Absolutely delicious. I added corn and peas and used radicchio instead of romaine lettuce. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2017
I substituted spinach in for the greens coconut milk for the hemp milk. I omitted the cashews for the sake of calories; I'm sure they would have been delicious. I cut the quinoa down to 1 cup. Then I cut the whole recipe in half so it made two servings. On the first night I made it cold following the recipe. It was zesty and filling. On the second night I sauteed all of the vegetables and heated up the beans and leftover quinoa. I layered it all together with the cold cilantro sauce which warmed up nicely. I loved it both ways! Very tangy! If you don't like any heat at all maybe leave out the jalapeno pepper or at least the seeds. I'll make this again. Very easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2021
Very flavorful and filling! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2020
I made as written but used almond milk. This is was ok at best. I like the base but feel it needs a lot more flavor. Next time I will add lime juice to the sauce or perhaps salsa verde. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/08/2019
We made this as a family meal with 6 kids ranging from 3 to 18, and it was not a hit. Overall there were a few that liked it and a few that barely picked at it with one of mine opting to go to bed instead of eating another bite (we don't force them to eat but we don't offer to make anything else if they don't like what's for dinner). If we were to make it again, we'd skip the cilantro. Read More
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