23 October 2020 (updated)

Buddha Bowl: Your Perfect Summer Meal

Looking for a light and refreshing meal that's chock full of your favorite veggies and nutrients? The buddha bowl might be the perfect summer dish

During the hot, active months of summer, there's nothing better than a nourishing meal that keeps you going without weighing you down. Instead of salad, the buddha bowl can be the perfect, healthy option at the end of the day. Just toss a few choice ingredients together for a meal everyone will love. Be sure to share your easy meal ideas on your favorite family app!

What Is a Buddha Bowl?

A buddha bowl, also known as a dinner bowl, sunshine bowl, or even macro bowl, is simply a meal with a variety of grains, veggies, and proteins. They're usually vegetarian or vegan, but you could add chicken or beef for an extra dose of protein. Not surprisingly, buddha bowls are aptly named after the belly of Buddha himself as their roundness can resemble it!

You can tailor the bowls to suit your palate or nutritional needs, and since it's so versatile, you can have a hot meal or enjoy it as a cold salad-like dish, depending on the ingredients. All in all, this easily portable dish is the perfect food for summer!

What Do You Put in a Buddha Bowl?

There’s almost nothing you can’t do with this dinner bowl depending on your taste preferences! As a rule of thumb, every buddha bowl has the following ingredients you’ll want to fill it with.

  • Vegetables – You can use whatever vegetables suit your fancy to fill up on! Try a Banh Mi bowl with cucumbers and cabbage or a root veggie bowl that’s filled with sweet potatoes and carrots. Vegetables roasted in olive oil can make a hearty treat!
  • Grains – It’s best to opt for healthy, whole grains that will fill you up and keep your hunger in check. Choose buddha bowl basics like brown rice, quinoa, barley or bulgur to get the most out of your bowl!
  • Protein – It’s not a complete meal without a little punch of protein to push you through the day. You may want to try chickpeas or black beans if you’re vegan, or spring for a marinated tofu or sliced chicken. Share your own dinner bowl ideas on FamilyApp!
  • Dressing –  Add an extra flavor kick to your meal with some of your favorite flavors like a sriracha sauce or spicy mustard. You can even add toppings like pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, or roasted nuts for a crunchy kick!

Vegan Buddha Bowl

Enjoy this wholesome and filling Mediterranean-inspired vegan meal!

5 from 2 votes


15 mins


18 mins


33 mins






4 people


475.0 kcal


  • 3


    olive oil

  • 2



  • 2



  • 1


    lemon juice

  • 1




  • salt

    to taste

  • pepper (to taste)

    to taste

  • 1


    cooked quinoa or brown rice

  • 1/2


    diced sweet potato

  • 1/4



  • 1




  • 1

    fresh radish


  • 1

    ripe avocado


  • 1/4


    fresh cilantro or parsley


  • Vegan Buddha Bowl

    1. Toss

      Toss sweet potato with 1 tablespoon oil and salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

    2. Transfer

      Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast at 425 °F, stirring once, until tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

    3. Whisk

      Whisk the 2 tbsp olive oil, tahini, water, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pepper in a small bowl.

    4. Divide

      Divide quinoa among 4 bowls. Top with equal amounts of sweet potato, chickpeas, kale, radish and avocado.

    5. Drizzle

      Drizzle with the tahini sauce and sprinkle with parsley (or cilantro).



475.0 kcal


52.0 g


25.0 g


17.0 g


15.0 g

Saturated Fat:

4.0 g

Serving Amount:


Serving Unit:



475.0 mg


4.0 g

What Are the Best Buddha Bowl Recipes?

There’s no limit to the exciting flavors you can create using our healthy dinner bowl ideas. Try one of these great recipes today and share them on your favorite family app!

  • Falafel Bowl – If you like your falafel without the pita, try this spicy chickpea treat in its own buddha bowl. All you need to dress it up is some veggies, greens, the grain of your choice, and tahini!
  • Bahn Mi Bowl – Try your favorite Vietnamese sub in a healthy bowl instead. Add tofu, rice noodles, pickled carrots, cucumber, and a spicy dressing for one of the best veggie bowl ideas. You can even add a little sriracha for an extra kick.
  • Mexican Bean Bowl – A few choice ingredients make this buddha bowl easy! Use sweet potatoes, roasted peppers, and black beans, and add crunchy cabbage and avocado for a filling treat. For an extra protein boost, throw in some chicken, pork, or beef.

The flexible nature of buddha bowls means you can have a delicious, simple meal without a ton of meal prep! Do you have any easy buddha bowl ideas? Share your favorites with other cooks in our comments, and enjoy tweaking your favorite combos!

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