Southwest Quinoa Power Bowl with Honey Lime Dressing

two power bowls with sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, avocado, quinoa and kale next to dressing pitcher and avocado half

5 from 8 reviews

A filling plant-based meal using simple whole foods and some adobo seasoning makes for one delicious Southwest Quinoa Power Bowl. Top with a healthy, homemade honey lime dressing and this bowl will be on repeat! Packed with protein and fiber, plus gluten-free, and dairy-free friendly.


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For the bowls

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon adobo seasoning (or a southwest flavor seasoning)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 2 cups curly kale, massaged with olive oil (or your choice of greens)

Honey Lime Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons canned coconut milk*
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime, about 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (or agave if strictly vegan)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt, or more to taste


  1. COOK QUINOA: Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer and place in small pot of water with 1 1/2 cups of water. Allow pot to come to a boil, add in your seasoning and simmer for about 15 minutes, until quinoa is tender and water has mostly gone.
  2. COOK SWEET POTATOES: While the quinoa is cooking, cook your chopped sweet potato and onion in medium pan with olive oil. Add salt and pepper, or more seasoning if you wish. Cook on medium heat until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Option to add sliced bell peppers for about 5 minutes to soften.
  3. MAKE DRESSING: In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients.
  4. ASSEMBLE BOWLS: Distribute quinoa, kale, potatoes and onions, black beans, bell pepper, and sliced avocado in bowls. Dress with honey lime dressing and garnish with cilantro if you wish, enjoy!


*can sub plain greek yogurt for coconut milk if not dairy-free. Feel free to double ingredients for full-sized family meal! Store any leftover ingredients in airtight container in fridge up to 5 days.

Nutrition does not include dressing.

Honey Lime Dressing= 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, 9 grams of sugar.


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