the buddha bowl

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There’s something about eating a healthy, hearty meal out of a nice big bowl that just makes you feel good. Buddha bowls are a perfect example of this! Looking for some motivation to pack a nutritious lunch everyday? How about choosing a nice bowl and a fancy pair of chopsticks or a cool fork! You could leave it at your desk at work and use it when you pack a delicious meal. You’ll be smiling like a Buddha while you chow down.

The possibilities for your bowl are endless, but I thought I would offer up some fresh suggestions to bring balance to your meal. These offerings pair well with a base of soba noodles or quinoa. It would also be killer drizzled with creamy herb dressing! Dive into this healthy dish and it’ll bring you to full lunch enlightenment. Here’s to more mindful eating!

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the buddha bowl

Nothing beats a classic buddha bowl! Get your hands on these fresh ingredients and whip up a nourishing bowl you can feel good about. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword bowl, buddha bowl, noodles, salad, salad dressing, vegetables
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 6 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 46 minutes
Servings 5 bowls
Author Lauren Toyota


spicy toasted chickpeas

  • 1 can chickpeas (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

grain base

  • 8 oz / 230 g buckwheat soba noodles or 1 C quinoa (1/2 cup of quinoa or soba noodles per bowl/serving)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

creamy miso tahini dressing (use 1/3 cup dressing per bowl/serving)

  • 1/2 C roasted tahini
  • 1 C water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp miso paste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)

vegetable toppings

  • 1 large broccoli crown
  • 3 C finely chopped kale (1/3 cup per bowl/serving)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 large carrots (1/3 cup per bowl/serving)
  • 2 C shredded red cabbage (1/3 cup per bowl/serving)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (1/3 cup per bowl/serving)
  • 1 C marinated whole artichokes, quartered (1/4 cup per bowl/serving)
  • 3 C sunflower sprouts or pea shoots (1/2 cup per bowl/serving)
  • 1/2 C raw pumpkin seeds (1 tbsp per bowl/serving)
  • 1 C fresh cilantro, finely chopped (small handful per bowl/serving)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (1 wedge per bowl/serving)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. To make the spiced chickpeas, drain chickpeas from the liquid in the can and rinse under cool water. Lay them on top of some paper towel and place another piece of paper towel on top and roll it around to remove the outer skins. Allow the chickpeas to dry of excess water on a fresh piece of paper towel.

  3. Toss them in a bowl with olive oil, spices, and sea salt and coat evenly. Pour the chickpeas onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, turning them halfway through, until crispy and toasted. Use 2 tablespoons of spicy toasted chickpeas per bowl/serving. While the chickpeas bake, prepare the dressing and other ingredients for the bowls. 

  4. To prepare the soba noodles, bring a pot of water to a boil with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Once at a rolling boil, add the noodles, stir until submerged, and lower heat to medium-high. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain and rinse with water.

  5. If using quinoa, rinse it under running water through a sieve and drain. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Once at a rolling boil, stir in the quinoa and cover with a lid. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

  6. While the quinoa or noodles are still warm, toss them with olive oil, lemon juice, ground black pepper, and finely chopped green onion.

  7. For the miso tahini dressing, combine all the ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. Refrigerate the dressing until ready to serve.

  8. Cut the broccoli into florets and steam for 3 to 4 minutes. An easier option  is to add the florets to the pot with quinoa or noodles during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Separate the broccoli florets and submerge them in cold water to prevent further cooking for up to 5 minutes and drain.

  9. Massage the kale with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a pinch of salt with your hands until it begins to soften and wilt.

  10. Peel the outer skin of the carrots and use the peeler to shave off thick ribbons.
  11. If you want to have these for the week, you can assemble the soba noodle or quinoa base in a large reusable container and top with all the vegetables and toppings. Keep dressing separate until ready to eat. 

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9 thoughts on “the buddha bowl”

  1. Thanks – I clicked the first link and it wasn’t there or search-able but the second link works! I’m looking forward to trying it out!

  2. Made my own "recipe!?" for a salad with the addition of the roasted chickpeas and the dressing. The chickpeas make a great alternative to croutons!

  3. YUMMMM!!! This was great! I didn’t have turmeric so I didn’t put it in the dressing but it was so good! The chickpeas ear amazing and I used romaine instead of kale. Will make again!

  4. This dressing is soooooooooo delicious!!! It’s so easy too! I am a terrible cook so this is foolproof! Thank you Lauren!

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