California Chipotle Chop with Agave-Lime Vinaigrette (vegan, gf)

I get so bored with the same old salads, don’t you? I decided that maybe a new dressing would fix my salad rut. My search led me to not only a delicious new dressing, but a clever new salad, too. The recipe is from Chloe Coscarelli’s (vegan) cookbook called Chloe’s Kitchen.

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for any dish with “California” in the title. That usually means it has avocado – can’t go wrong there. This salad also has spiced black beans, protein-packed quinoa and plenty of flavor. It would be great as a wrap, too.

SERVES 6 AS A SIDE SALAD, 4 AS A MEAL

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AGAVE-LIME VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. apple-cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. agave
¼ cup lime juice

STEP 1
Blend oil, vinegar, agave and lime juice in a blender until smooth. Set aside.

CALIFORNIA CHIPOTLE CHOP INGREDIENTS: 

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 clove garlic, minced (or pressed with garlic press)
¼ tsp. chipotle chili powder
½ tsp. sea salt
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 large tomato, finely chopped
¼ red onion, finely chopped
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
½ cup cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

STEP 2
If you like your onions raw, then:
Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and sauté black beans, garlic, chipotle powder and salt for 5 minutes. Let cool.
If you don’t like raw onions, then:
Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and sauté onions and garlic until tender. Add black beans, chipotle powder and salt, sauté for 3 to 5 minutes more.

STEP 3
In a large bowl, combine romaine, tomatoes, onions (if you left them raw), avocado, quinoa, black bean mixture and cilantro. Toss with desired amount of Agave-Lime Vinaigrette.

Dig in!!!

Thank you, Chloe, for another great recipe :)

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  1. Hi Livvy,

    Yes! Not only do I get bored with the same salads, but I’m too lazy to make a fancy one like you posted! Haha. My poor salads are usually just kale, maybe an avocado and some chia seeds and/or some sunflower seeds. I do get excited though when I have a good dressing and I can actually crave a salad when I know I have a good dressing to go with it.

    I don’t know if you like jalapenos and “hot” dressings, but this is my favorite so far: http://thehealthyfamilyandhome.com/raw-jalapeno-dressing/

    Yours looks so easy I’m going to have to add it to my dressings! Thanks! :)

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