Our 25 BEST Buddha Bowl Recipes- plant-based, vegan-adaptable, and loaded up with healthy veggies, whole grains or rice, and plant-based protein. Globally inspired, these nourishing bowls are packed full of flavor! Scroll down to the recipe card to learn how to build the BEST bowl!
The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds. ~Plato
Here’s a wide variety of rice bowls, quinoa bowls, grain bowls and bean bowls, that are all veggie-loaded, plant-based, and full of flavor!
Components of a Buddha Bowl
A Buddha bowl is essentially a simple, one-bowl meal, typically vegetarian or vegan that includes are of rice or whole grains, fresh vegetables, and plant proteins. Often they are served cold, but some versions are served with a warm base.
- whole grains – rice, quinoa, farro, millet, teff, bulgur, buckwheat, sorghum
- Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, beans, legumes or other plant-based protein
- Fresh or roasted vegetables
- Greens, microgreens or sprouts
- Fresh herbs- basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, mint
- Sauce or Dressing- peanut sauce, tahini dressing, miso dressing, ponzu dressing etc
- Nuts or seeds- pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc
How to build a better buddha bowl
The best Buddha bowls start with a base of rice or whole grains which can be served cold or warm. Top with your favorite plant-based protein (tofu, seitan, edamame, beans or legumes), add fresh greens and fresh or roasted veggies. Next, drizzle with flavorful dressing or sauce and sprinkle with seeds or nuts. Top with fresh herbs and microgreens.
Our BEST 25 Buddha Bowl Recipes!
You’ve been telling me how much you love Buddha Bowls so here is a list of ou most popular Buddha Bowl Recipes and reader favorites from 2021!
This Vegan Oaxacan Bowl is grain and gluten-free, made with roasted chipotle sweet potatoes and roasted peppers over a bed of warm seasoned black beans. It’s topped with crunchy cabbage slaw, avocado and my favorite thing ever, toasted Chipotle Maple Pecans. One of my personal favorites!
Savory oven-roasted Indian Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Tofu Bowls served over fluffy basmati rice with Cilantro Mint Chutney, seasoned with a simple Madras Curry dressing. A simple dish rich with fragrant spice and amazing flavor. Healthy, flavorful, and vegan!
Made with Crispy Tofu, rice noodles, pickled carrots and radishes, crunchy cucumber and cabbage and spicy, vegan Bahn Mi dressing! This buddha bowl is bursting with Vietnamese flavor! Feel free to use zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles or kelp noodles!
These filling vegan buddha bowls are full of flavor and loaded up with healthy veggies. Served over seasoned black beans (and optional rice) with Mexican Slaw, radishes, avocado, cilantro and pickled onions.
A flavorful Miso Mushroom Bowl with brown rice, avocado, cabbage, carrots, daikon, edamame and a delicious Miso Ginger Dressing. Vegan!
Loaded up with steamed and fresh seasonal veggies and a vegan, low-calorie Green Goddess Dressing that you will want to drink. Serve over grains or greens or both. A very clean-eating, plant-based, vegan buddha bowl.
Made with Berbere-Spiced Kabocha Squash, roasted chickpeas, shallots, and spinach drizzled with coconut lime mint sauce. A vegan, plant-based meal, full of vibrant flavor and spice.
These Japanese-inspired, vegan buddha bowls are made with fresh seasonal veggies and a light, citrusy Ponzu Dressing, can be made with sesame ginger tofu (or seared ahi tuna). Vegan and Grain-free adaptable! (Try it with zucchini noodles or kelp noodles!)
Brighten up your day with this Winter Bliss Bowl! A simple vegan bowl made with beets, quinoa, avocado and chickpeas-that can be made in under 30 minutes! Great for meal-prepping and guaranteed to lift your spirits!
Delicious Coconut Rice Bowl is healthy and adaptable! Curried jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk and topped with tofu or your choice of protein and seasonal vegetables. All tossed with a simple, flavorful sauce, fresh cilantro, mint and toasted coconut flakes.
Made with roasted portobello mushrooms and peppers served over Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice– a fast and flavorful bowl that can be made on a sheet-pan – perfect for busy weeknights! Vegan and Grain-free.
Made with seasoned tofu, served over warm brown rice, surrounded with healthy veggies and a delicious citrus ponzu sauce! A healthy delicious vegan buddha bowl!
A comforting, healthy vegetarian meal of lentils and rice, with fragrant Moroccan spices, served with caramelized shallots, fresh veggies, ( or roasted veggies) pine nuts and optional yogurt. Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable.
A packable lunch filled with healthy veggies and soba noodles tossed in the most flavorful Superfood Pesto! Vegan and GF adaptable!
Made with fresh crunchy raw veggies- like grated beets, carrots, kohlrabi, sunchokes, radish & jicama over nutty brown rice and a delicious, sunflower seed “tahini” sauce. Vegan and GF!
A healthy, hearty vegan buddha bowl loaded up with fruits and vegetables that make the most impact on your skin, giving you a healthy glow! Vegan and delicious! (Plus a true story about my dad who went vegan at age 65- and what it did to his skin! )
Made with Roasted cauliflower, roasted chickpeas and flavorful Moroccan spices. Cook it all on one sheet-pan in 30 mins flat!
Vegan-adaptable Morning Grain Bowls-are full of nutritious, healthy plant-based ingredients. Energizing and healthy these will keep you fueled all day long!
Made with roasted purple cabbage, sweet potatoes and tofu (or chicken) baked in the most flavorful Caribbean Marinade, served over a bed of seasoned black beans with fresh mango and lime! A delicious vegan bowl with bright, sunny Caribbean flavors!
Loaded up with healthy veggies, rice and beans and a flavorful Creamy Vegan Cilantro Sauce! So easy and healthy!
These vegan-adaptable Tofu Shawarma Bowls are loaded up with healthy veggies, and can be made on a sheet pan. Easy and delicious, this vegan buddha bowl is one of my favorites! ( Make sure to scroll to the recipe to see vegan option!)
Hope you enjoy these Buddha Bowls! Pick out a few to try out in the next coming weeks. Make the components ahead for mid-week lunches!
I will be continually updating this list, so make sure to check back!
Happy healthy New Year!