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Southwest Grain Bowl

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Made with whole grains, fresh vegetables, and a flavorful dressing, these Southwest Grain Bowls are a big winner!


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For the Dressing

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and stems (packed)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from 1-2 limes)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Bowl

  • 4 cups finely chopped kale
  • 3 cups cooked grains of choice*
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 15-ounce can)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced*
  • 1 avocado, sliced


  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a small blender and blend until combined. Set aside.
  2. To assemble the bowls, add 1/4 of the kale to a bowl, top with 1 cup of the grains, 1/4 of
    the black beans, red bell pepper, celery, green onions, jalapeño pepper, and avocado.
  3. Drizzle with 1/4 of the dressing, and toss to mix ingredients and coat them evenly.
  4. Continue with remaining bowls if serving them all at once.
  5. If storing for meal prep, place all ingredients except the avocado and dressing in a bowl
    with an airtight container. When ready to eat, add the avocado and dressing. Enjoy!


  1. I used this Super Grains Blend from Whole Foods. Use any whole grain or combination of whole grains you prefer, including quinoa, millet, buckwheat, farro, rice, etc.
  2. Cook time includes the time it takes to cook the grain blend I used. Cooking time may vary depending on which grains you use.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: recipes
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Southwest


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 496
  • Sugar: 18.3 grams
  • Fat: 21.6 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 3 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 68 grams
  • Fiber: 14.7 grams
  • Protein: 13 grams