Your guide to blissful Buddha bowls

May 30, 2022

Delicious, nutritious, convenient, and colourful! Here’s all the inspo you need build the most beautifully bountiful bowls.

While most of us know what a Buddha bowl is – a colourful bowl of delicious goodness – many don’t realise just how easy they are to make. We’ve been making them for years, often from whatever ingredients we have on hand, so I want to share the basics of building bountiful bowls you simply won’t be able to get enough of.

It’s simple! You start by selecting a grain, vegetable, and protein, then add some tasty extras and a dressing and put it all together. Here’s some inspo to get you going.


Start by choosing one grain or equivalent, such as:

  • Rice – brown, white, black, red, or wild
  • Quinoa – white, red, or tricolour
  • Couscous – plain or pearl
  • Buckwheat
  • Millet
  • Noodles


Next, select at least two to three different vegetables, whether raw, roasted, or steamed.

Here’s just a selection of the many that you can work with:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Spring onion
  • Corn
  • Capsicum
  • Baby spinach
  • Kale
  • Salad mix
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Beetroot
  • Cauliflower


Then, you’ll want to add a protein to get a well-rounded meal.

  • Marinated tofu
  • Marinated tempeh
  • Beans (any kind)
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Edamame
  • Falafel
  • Veggie patties


Next, throw in a few extras to add flavour, nutrients, or crunch.

  • Fresh herbs
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Pickled ginger
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Roasted nuts
  • Sprouts
  • Olives


Finally, add a dressing to bring it all together. Three of our favourites that we have on repeat are our green goddess dressing, our utterly addictive peanut sauce, and our tahini dressing with lemon and maple. You can see them in action in the recipes linked below.

That’s pretty much it! You create the flavour combos you want, using the ingredients you love. You can prepare all the elements ahead of time and store them in the fridge ready to build your bowl when you need it – for work, lunch, or dinner.

Three to try

Give one of the following recipes a try to see how easy and delicious they can be. You’ll love them!

  • Tofu Buddha bowl with peanut sauce
  • Quinoa Buddha bowl with tahini dressing
  • Tempeh Buddha bowl with green goddess dressing

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