Friday, May 4, 2012

Chicken, Mango, and Black Bean Salad Topped with Vegan Cilantro Lime Sauce

Last month we were out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Dos Coyotes (a certified gluten-free establishment)*, and Scott had the most amazing burrito: chicken, mango, and black beans with a cilantro lime sauce.  Let's just say we had the exact same thing the very next night, here at home, SCD style. 

-1/2 cup cashews, soaked for 8-10 hours (for AIP, use 1/2 cup coconut cream)
-1/2 cup cilantro 
-1/4 cup filtered water
-3 tablespoons oil
-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
-1/4 teaspoons salt
-1/4 teaspoon garlic granules 

How To
1.  Blend above ingredients until creamy 
2.  Serve with grilled chicken and mango salad (or skip the chicken and rock this salad vegetarian style).

*For AIP, omit the dressing (it contains cashews) and omit black beans.  With a few minor adjustments, this salad will be AIP suitable and delicious. 
*Paleo, omit the black beans.  

Build your Chicken and Mango salad!
#1: Curly (aka savoy) green cabbage
I also mixed shredded romaine with the cabbage
#2: Black Beans  
These were soaked for about 48 hours, boiled, then cooked with water, Mexican spice mix, and onion. Omit for Paleo and AIP. 
#3: Grilled Chicken 
Top with mango, red onions, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro lime sauce, and fresh cilantro 
Serve with a side of grain free Spanish rice 

Shared on: Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Whole Food Wednesdays, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Melt in You Mouth Mondays, Monday Mania, Fresh Bites Friday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, Friday Food, Lunchbox Love Friday, Feed Your Soul Friday,  Super Food Sundays, Summer Salad Sunday


  1. Tessa Domestic DivaMay 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    right up my alley, you know it! What have you been eating? You have been on fire with your posts...I can;t keep up with you you over-achiever! Can't wait to make this TOO!!

    1. Hey girl...

      Well, what can I say - I feel great, have my good health about me, the weather is gorgeous and cooking makes me insanely happy! It's all good!! :-)

  • gfe--gluten free easilyMay 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Oooh, Amber, I could sure go for this one! I agree with Tessa by the way. I want you to bottle that energy of yours and send it to me, please! ;-)


    1. Thanks Shirley! I like to take advantage of feeling great and be as productive as possible. It's my nature I guess. :-)

  • We just finished our leftovers today of your delicious Carrot Apple Soup and then I saw this post. Wow! Can't wait to try it. Keep these babies coming.

    1. Thank you so much for leaving me a note here Nancy. I'm tickled you enjoyed the soup - it's one of our favorites and always leaves me feeling awesome!

      Have a beautiful week. :-)

  • Heather @Gluten-Free CatMay 5, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Amber, I LOVE that Cilantro Lime Sauce! I'm bringing a salad today for a Cinco de Mayo dinner, and now I know what to make! Thanks for a delicious recipe!

    1. Hi Heather,

      I hope you enjoy as much as we do. Fun to have a nice combo of flavors (I'm nuts over cilantro and lime)!

  • Tessa Domestic DivaMay 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Turned out awesome! I added some avocad obecause I needed to use it and some cayenne for a little!

  • Thanks Tessa! You're the best. So glad you enjoyed it. :-)

  • France@beyondthepeelMay 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Oh geez louis! This looks amazing. We might just have to have this for lunch today!. Thanks for sharing it with us at Whole FOod Wed.

  • This looks very tasty... I can only have walnut & pecans, could I replace one of those for the cashews?

    1. Hi There Mickey,

      The walnuts might work. If you can have dairy, you can make it with a sour cream base. The cashews are just very special in that way - they make a very creamy sauce. Let me know a little more about your diet restrictions and I can assist you a little more with subs. Have a great rest of your day.

  • Hi Amber,
    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
    I can't have any gluten, dairy, casein, soy, corn, MSG, sugar, beans, seeds, nuts & aspartame. With some exceptions, I can have green beans, walnuts & pecans. Also I have to eat all organic and can have only organic chicken & wild fish. I was so thankful that I could eat coconut. That would be so terrible if I couldn't... lol Thank you for your wanting to help me, I really appreciate it. It's been hard, I've messed up several times with things that I didn't know. Thank goodness for bloggers. I really want to get a Vitamix now, I'm saving up for one. :)
    Hope you have a fantastic day. Michelle

  • Hello Michelle,

    My goodness - you sweet thing. I'm sorry to hear about all your restrictions. But with restriction comes possibility! I would try the walnuts for sure as a base. It will be a little grainy, but it will work. Soak for as long as you can...12-20 hours and rinse a few times. I'm also so glad you can have coconut! I use it in so many recipes. Keep me posted on what you come up with okay! :-)

  • The Old-Fashioned HousewifeJune 17, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    Hi there! Found you through the Sunday Salads carnival and this all looks too yummy. I especially love that cilantro lime sauce (with cashews no less! yum!) and have pinned it for use very soon. thanks!

    1. Hello and nice to meet you and thank you for stopping my and leaving such a nice comment. :-)

  • Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodJune 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Love this! Making my mouth water :) The dressing sounds amazing and I can't wait to try this! Pinned! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.

    1. Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodJune 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      I have chosen to feature your salad this week! I have tweeted it, pinned it and shared it on my Facebook page. It will be featured on Summer Salad Sundays this coming Sunday. Thanks for linking up and I hope to see you again soon!

    2. Hi Debbie,

      Thank you so much!! Always an honor to be featured along with the other amazing recipes.

      Have a great weekend.


  • I wanted a sauce for my rice and bean bowl so I whipped up this cilantro lime sauce and ...goodness!!
    :D Happy camper over here!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I always love feedback. This is one of my favorite sauces too. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

      Be Well



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