Who is celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Celebrating or not, this Mexican Quinoa Bowl from Deliciously Ella is a must try if you are craving Mexican but want to fell nourished at the same time! 

While the quinoa is cooking, you can get started on making the mountains of fresh guacamole, creamy cashew cheese, tomato salsa and garlicky black beans. You will love the amazing mix of intense flavors!

WHAT YOU NEED

Serves 4
For The Cashew Cream

  • 3 cups cashews (about 14 ounces) 
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • salt and pepper

For The Quinoa

  • 1½ cups quinoa
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon

For The Guacamole

  • 4 avocados
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and
  • chopped into tiny pieces
  • handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • juice of 3 limes
  • salt and pepper

For The Salsa

  • 3 tomatoes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For The Black Beans

  • two 15-ounce cans black beans
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • olive oil
  • salt

For The Cashew Cream

  1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of cold water for 4 hours.
  2. Drain the water that the cashews have been soaking in. Blend the nuts in a food processor with the lemon juice, tamari, O cup fresh water, salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. This may take a couple of minutes.

For The Quinoa

  1. Place the quinoa in a sieve and rinse with cold water until the water that comes through is totally clear.
  2. Place the quinoa in a saucepan with 2½ cups boiling water and a little salt and pepper and lemon juice.
  3. Let the quinoa boil for a minute or 2, then simmer for another 10–15 minutes, covered, until all the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy, but not mushy.

For The Guacamole

  1. Cut the avocados in half and scoop out their flesh, placing it into a bowl. Use a fork to mash the avocados. Stir the tomato, jalapeño pepper and cilantro into the mashed avocado with the lime juice, salt and pepper.

For The Salsa

  1. Slice the tomatoes into quarters, then finely chop these into small squares. Place the tomatoes in a bowl, pour over the lime juice and olive oil and add a little salt and pepper.

For The Black Beans

  1. Drain the black beans, then pour them into a large saucepan. Add the garlic to the pan, along with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt. Heat through for a few minutes.

To serve, place the quinoa in the middle of the bowl, then add the cashew cream, black beans, salsa and guacamole around the quinoa.

What Dishes Are You Celebrating Cinco De May With?