Tropical Mango Quinoa Bowl

This 30 minute tropical mango quinoa bowl is fast and delicious, drizzled with a tangy vegan cashew sauce. Healthy dinner bowls make dinner fast and easy!

Tropical Mango Quinoa Bowl | Quinoa bowl recipes | healthy dinner bowls | vegan cashew sauce

This post was created in partnership with the National Mango Board. All opinions are our own.

Meet our new favorite 30 minute recipe: this tropical mango quinoa bowl! Healthy dinner bowls are not only incredibly delicious, they’re beautiful and simple to make: the triple threat of weeknight cooking, am I right? Mangos weren’t always part of Alex and my weeknight repertoire. But, we’ve been practicing cutting them and incorporating them into our simple meal routine. This tropical mango quinoa bowl recipe is one of the most delicious ways we’ve tried yet. To show you just how simple quinoa bowl recipes are to pull together, we even put together a special video!

Mango nutrition facts

Did you know that there are six varieties of mangos that are available in the US? Below is a little chart we made to show off a few of the most common varieties! For this recipe, we’re featuring the Francis mango.

A few fun facts about the Francis mango:

  • When it’s ripe (watch how to choose a perfectly ripe mango!), the skin turns from green to yellow and it’s soft to the touch.
  • It has a rich, sweet, and complex flavor.
  • It grows on small farms throughout Haiti and is available in April to June.
  • Like all mangos, the Francis mango is very high in vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A and fiber. One cup of diced mangos provides 100% of your daily vitamin C.

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How to make a mango quinoa bowl

And now, how to make a tropical mango quinoa bowl! This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and beautiful with all the colorful veggies! In addition to mango, the quinoa bowl includes red pepper, red cabbage, avocado, fresh greens, cilantro and cashews. Top it off with our citrus drizzle, a vegan cashew sauce made of soaked cashews, orange and lime juice, and fresh ginger. Quinoa bowl recipes are so simple to make: this one can be whipped up in just about 30 minutes. Alex and I made these bowls for my parents and they both loved the fresh flavors. My mom especially loved the vegan cashew sauce, and liked that it brings added protein to the dish since it’s made of cashews.

We hope you enjoy this mango quinoa bowl! As always, let us know in the comments below if you try them, or tag us on Instagram at @acouplecooks.

 

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Tropical Mango Quinoa Bowls with Citrus Drizzle | A Couple Cooks

Tropical Quinoa Mango Bowls


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Tropical

Description

This 30 minute tropical mango quinoa bowl is fast and delicious, drizzled with a tangy vegan cashew sauce. Healthy dinner bowls make dinner fast and easy!


Ingredients

For the quinoa bowl

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 to 4 Francis mangos
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 small red cabbage
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • Cashews, for the garnish
  • Cilantro, for the garnish (optional)

For the citrus drizzle

  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • ½ cup orange juice (1 large orange)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place the cashews in a bowl and soak them while making the recipe, or at least 20 minutes.
  2. Cook the quinoa (or use our Instant Pot quinoa method): Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water, then drain it completely. Place the quinoa in a saucepan with 3 cups water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Stir once, then simmer where the water is just bubbling for about 17 to 20 minutes, until the water has been completely absorbed (check by pulling back the quinoa with a fork to see if water remains). Remove from the heat, cover the pot and allow the quinoa to steam for 5 minutes, then fluff the quinoa with a fork. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the mangos, avocado, and red pepper. Thinly slice the red cabbage.
  4. When the quinoa is done, drain the cashews. Peel and mince the ginger. Add cashews, ginger, orange juice, lime juice, and kosher salt to the bowl of a high speed blender. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Add more water as you go if needed. Taste and add more salt or lime juice if desired.
  5. To serve, place the quinoa and greens in a bowl, and arrange the veggies and mango on top. Garnish with cashews and torn cilantro, and drizzle generously with dressing (make sure to use enough to flavor the entire bowl; the dressing also brings in added protein!).

 

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    May 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    So interesting about the different varieties of mangos! These bowls look delicious.

  • Reply
    sabrina
    May 24, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    nice with mangoes, have not used them in salad before, and the cashew oj dressing-drizzle too, much better than an artificially sweetened store brand, thank you for this recipe and for the information about Francis vs Tommy mangos

  • Reply
    Nutrition Stripped
    May 25, 2018 at 8:44 am

    LOVE mangos! Looks so good 🤤

  • Reply
    Diana Lopes
    May 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    These just seem so perfect for the summer! Can’t wait to try them on a sunny weekend afternoon!

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