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VBLTA grain bowl

This vibrant vegan BLTA grain bowl comes complete with portobello bacon, blistered cherry tomatoes, ranch dressing, and incredible vegan soft boiled eggs!

Course Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword portobello mushroom, quinoa, ranch, salads, vegan bacon, vegan eggs
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
chilling 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 2 to 3 bowls
Author Lauren Toyota


portobello mushroom bacon

grain bowl

  • 3/4 C / 127 g quinoa
  • 1 C water
  • bay leaf (optional)
  • pinch sea salt (optional)
  • 1 pint whole cherry tomatoes
  • 4 to 6 green leaf lettuce leaves, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • ground black pepper, to taste

vegan ranch dressing (makes about 1 cup)

  • 1 C vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. To make the mushroom bacon, add the soy sauce/tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, and vegetable oil into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the sliced mushrooms and toss with your hands to coat them well. Set them aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the mushrooms in one layer leaving some room for the grape tomatoes. Use reserved marinade for brushing during baking. Add the cherry tomatoes to the baking sheet and use some foil to separate them from the mushrooms. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, then flip the tomatoes and mushrooms. Brush more marinade on the mushroom slices, and bake for another 12 to 15 minutes. You might need to remove the cherry tomatoes before the mushrooms are done baking.
  4. To cook the quinoa, add quinoa, water, bay leaf, and a pinch of sea salt to a medium saucepan and heat over medium. Once it begins to simmer, turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid, cooking for about 12 to 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove the lid and fluff with a fork to let residual steam escape and set aside.
  5. To make the vegan ranch dressing you can whisk everything together in a mixing bowl or jar until well combined. If you blend it together, just be sure to fold in the fresh herbs after blending so it doesn't turn green. Refrigerate the dressing until ready to serve the grain bowls.

  6. Begin assembling the bowl with about a cup of cooked quinoa per serving. Add lettuce, avocado, portobello bacon, and blistered tomatoes. Drizzle the ranch dressing generously on top. Then place 2 vegan soft boiled eggs on top per serving, and garnish with fresh ground black pepper.

Recipe Notes

the vegan ranch dressing listed here is adapted slightly from the recipe in the hot for food cookbook with the addition of garlic powder and lemon juice. You can also make the one in the cookbook, but thin it out with a bit of nondairy milk or water to make a thinner dressing consistency.