How To Make A Buddha Bowl

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How To Make A Buddha Bowl


Also known as hippie bowls, nourish bowls, macro bowls or grain bowls - are a staple in our Good Clean Kitchen. They make the most satisfying and flavorful meals and are filled with vibrant, healthy ingredients. A Buddha bowl is basically a one-bowl meal (usually vegetarian or vegan) that includes whole grains, legumes, fresh and roasted veggies, plant protein, lots of greens and a delicious dressing.

There are a few different explanations for why this dish refers to Buddha. We weren’t sure - so we looked it up!

1. A Buddha bowl is the presentation of a perfectly balanced meal – where balance is a key Buddhist concept.

2. It refers the story of how Buddha carried a bowl with him on his journeys and accepted food as donations, which he would eat at the end of the day.

3. The round shape, and generous overflowing portions resembling the image of the laughing Buddha .


  • Greens: like spinach or kale

  • Roasted Veggies: like carrots, butternut, yams, purple potatoes, broccoli, brussels

  • Fresh Veggies: like purple cabbage, cucumber, raw carrots, radish, daikon

  • Plant Protein: like chickpeas, beans, tofu, tempeh or edamame

  • Grains: like quinoa (actually a seed!), brown rice, bulgur, barley

  • Healthy fats: avocado, nuts and seeds

  • Special sauce or dressing 


This Buddha bowl recipe is super fresh and delicious. The rice, veggies and dressing can be made or prepped in advance and stored in separate containers in the refrigerator- so it's great for meal prep.


Ingredients (makes 4 bowls)

Rice and Veggies:

  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice (quinoa also works here)

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame

  • 1 cup snap peas cut to bite size pieces

  • 1 -2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce, to taste

  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage, raw

  • 2 cups finely chopped spinach or or kale (ribs removed), raw


  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced

  • Green onion, thinly sliced

  • Grated carrots, raw

  • Sesame seeds

  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Carrot Ginger Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste


Make the dressing: In a blender, combine all of the salad dressing ingredients as listed. Bend until completely smooth. Taste, and add additional salt or maple to taste.

Make the rice. When the rice is done, add the edamame and snap peas and allow them to steam in the pot while the rice rests for 3-5 minutes. Season to taste with 1 to 2 tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce, and stir to combine.

Divide the rice mixture and the raw veggies (cabbage and kale or spinach) into 4 bowls. Drizzle lightly with carrot ginger with sliced green onion, and thinly sliced cucumbers.

When you’re ready to serve, add avocado slices, a sprinkle of salt and a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds. Top with sliced green onion, cucumbers and grated carrots.

TIP: If you are pressed for time, you can skip making the dressing and drizzle your Buddha Bowl with some sesame oil and tamari.


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