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Lily’s Hawaiian Grain Bowl

Lily’s Hawaiian Grain Bowl

Recipe courtesy of Lily for the "Young Cooks Recipe Challenge." Photo courtesy of Chef Leslie Owens.
Course entree
Servings 3 servings


For the Grain Bowl

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (tricolor quinoa is pictured)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 slices fresh pineapple
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lime, quartered (for garnish)

For the Dressing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)


  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Transfer the quinoa to a medium pot and add 2 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, scrub the pineapple, bell pepper, and lime with a clean vegetable brush under running water. Gently rub the zucchini and green onions under cold running water. Dry with a clean towel.
  • Peel and slice the pineapple, and cut the zucchini into slices. Lightly brush with ½ tablespoon olive oil and grill on a grill pan over medium-high heat just until there are grill marks. Set aside.
  • Remove the seeds from the red pepper and cut into bite-sized pieces. Cut off the root end of the green onion, then slice diagonally. Quarter the lime. Set aside.
  • Rinse and drain the black beans. Set aside.
  • Prepare the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, and rice vinegar. Set aside.
  • Mix the quinoa with half of the dressing.
  • Assemble the bowl by adding the quinoa mix first then topping with the grilled zucchini and pineapple. Cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces, if desired. Then add the red bell pepper, green onion, and black beans.
  • Drizzle the remaining dressing and garnish with lime.
  • NOTE: Ingredients can be made ahead of time and mixed prior to serving.