Mole-Spiced Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl


To mix up flavor and format, we added a jarred mole sauce to this black bean and quinoa bowl.

Photo: Jen Causey
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 serves

Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce that can call for dozens of ingredients—not so great for quick weeknight meals. But using a pre-made mole from a jar is an easy way to add flavor to your next black bean and quinoa bowl.


  • 4 cups cauliflower florets (from a 2-lb. head)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 ½ cups quinoa

  • 1 15.5-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 6 tablespoons jarred red mole sauce

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 4 cups baby arugula (about 2 oz.)

  • ½ cup cotija cheese or queso fresco, crumbled (about 2 oz.)

  • ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seed kernels (pepitas)

  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss cauliflower, cumin, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 teaspoon salt on a baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Roast until cauliflower is tender and caramelized, 15 to 17 minutes, stirring halfway through.

  2. Meanwhile, combine 2 cups water, quinoa, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan with a lid over high; bring to a boil. Stir and reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook until quinoa has absorbed most of the water, 12 to 14 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl; stir in beans.

  3. Make dressing: Whisk mole, vinegar, honey, and remaining ¼ cup oil in a small bowl. Transfer half to quinoa mixture; add arugula and toss gently.

  4. Serve cauliflower over quinoa, topped with cheese and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with remaining dressing and serve with lime wedges, if using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

773 Calories
44g Fat
72g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 773
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 1418mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 22g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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