Healthy Vegan Bowls
Buddha bowls, nourish bowls, macro bowls, glow bowls, hippie bowls, power bowls and protein bowls (that one’s mine), whatever you choose to call your meal in a bowl, there’s a recipe here for you!
Veggie bowls are easy to prepare and immensely satisfying with any combination of whole grains, pulses, noodles, raw or cooked fruits and veggies all topped off with a delicious sauce or dressing – each bite is an explosion of flavours and textures.
They’re fun to put together and a great way to use up any leftovers hanging out in your fridge. It’s no wonder veggie bowls have become so popular!
Vegan bowls are a healthy mix of carbohydrates, fresh veggies, plant-based protein and healthy fats. An entire balanced meal in just one bowl!
Components of Vegan Bowls
Vegan bowls are a simple yet complete one-bowl meals that are easy to make and immensely satisfying. They can be served cold or warm and are characterized by their use of a variety of ingredients.
- Grains or noodles: form the base of your vegan bowl with your choice of white or brown rice, millet, bulgar, barley, farro, buckwheat, sorghum, quinoa, ramen, rice noodles, udon, or soba.
- Protein: Vegan protein can come in the form of tofu, chickpeas, black beans, cannellini beans, kidney beans, tempeh, seitan, lentils or edamame. You can also use a store-bought vegan meat replacement as a protein.
- Leafy greens: You should try to eat leafy greens everyday and vegan bowls are a great way to toss in a handful. Spinach, any type of lettuce, kale, arugula, Swiss chard, watercress, bok choy, etc.
- Veggies: Any type of veggie, either raw or cooked however you like: roasted or steamed. I like a mix of both raw and cooked, with a starchy component like sweet potatoes and a fresh component like tomatoes, avocado and cucumbers.
- Sauce: A sauce will pull your whole bowl together. You can do something simple like a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, your favourite pre-made salad dressing, or a dollop of hummus or vegan pesto. Or you can mix up a simple peanut sauce, tahini dressing, miso dressing, citrus dressing, chimichurri, etc.
- Garnishes: Top the whole thing off with a sprinkle of nuts or seeds: walnuts, pecans, almonds, flax, chia, sesame, pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Fresh chopped herbs or green onion, sprouts, a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, a spoonful of kimchi or sauerkraut, or a sprinkling of nooch are also good options.
How to Build Vegan Bowls
Once you’ve chosen the components of your vegan bowl, it’s time to put them all together!
Start with a base of grains or noodles. If you’ve got leftovers from yesterday, a bowl is a great way to use them up, or you can cook them fresh.
Top the grains with your choice of protein, vegetables, and a leafy green.
Next drizzle over your favourite sauce and sprinkle over your choice of garnishes.
Make Ahead and Storage Tips
Bowls are ideal for vegan meal prep because you’ll get a complete meal in just one container.
When preparing a bowl, start with the ingredient that will take the longest to cook. That could be the grain or the vegetables if you are roasting them.
While that’s cooking, you can chop up any fresh vegetables that you’re using, prepare the protein and mix up the sauce.
Pack your bowl components into an airtight container. There are many containers on the market that feature separate compartments.
These are great for isolating any fresh veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers that will lose a bit of water after being sliced.
It’s also a good idea to keep the sauce in a separate smaller container. Drizzle the sauce over your bowl when you’re ready to eat.
Most vegan bowls will keep in the fridge for 3 - 4 days.
About This Recipe Collection
I’ve scoured the interwebs to put together this list of 50 of the best and most beautiful vegan bowl recipes. These include some of my all-time favorite recipes and some happy new discoveries from my fellow bloggers.
So whether you’re a seasoned vegan bowl expert or new to the meal-in-a-bowl scene, you’re sure to find something here to tantalize your taste buds and fill your (Buddha) belly!
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Vibrant Vegan Double Broccoli Buddha Bowl - 101 Cookbooks
Nourishing Vegan Buddha Bowl with Harissa Tahini Dressing - Jessica in the Kitchen
Late Winter Buddha Bowl (pictured) - Ocasionally Eggs
Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl - Delish Knowledge
Nourishing Vegan Buddha Bowl - As Easy As Apple Pie
Winter Buddha Bowl - Well and Full
Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl (pictured) - Minimalist Baker
Thai-Style Buddha Bowl with Peanut Sauce - Leelalicious
Nourishing Garden Veggie Vegan Buddha Bowl - Cotter Crunch
Detox Vegan Buddha Bowl - Lean Green Nutrition Fiend
Protein-Packed Buddha Bowl - Tasty
Thai Buddha Bowl with Peanut Red Curry Sauce (pictured)
Grilled Veggie Vegan Burrito Bowl - Cilantro and Citronella
Veggie Sushi Buddha Bowls - Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Sesame-Ginger Forbidden Rice Bowls (pictured)
Veggie Sushi Bowls with Yam Tempura - Cilantro and Citronella
Forbidden Rice Buddha Bowl with Crispy Tofu - Natural Girl Modern World
Nourish Bowls with Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing (pictured) - Get Inspired Everyday
Veggie Burrito Bowl w/ Creamy Cilantro Sauce (pictured) - Feasting at Home
Vegan Sweet Potato and Green rice Burrito Bowls - Cookie and Kate
Vegan Cuban Bowls - The Wanderlust Kitchen
Vegan Sushi Rice Bowls (pictured) - The Kitchn
Vegan Thai-Style Coconut Lime Noodles with Tamari Fried Tofu - Will Frolic For Food
Red Curry Rice Noodle Bowl (pictured) - The Full Helping
Shaved Purple Asparagus & Asian Vegetable Soba Noodles - Strength & Sunshine
Ginger Miso Soba Noodle Bowls with Wakame (pictured) - Vanilla and Bean
Spiralized Daikon "Rice Noodle" Bowl (pictured) - Love & Lemons
Vegan Summer Roll In a Bowl - Darn Good Veggies
Spicy Root Vegetable Noodle Bowl - Well and Full
Hoisin Peanut Tofu Bowls (pictured)
Spicy Sriracha Tofu Bowls - Skinnytaste
Korean BBQ Tofu Bowls - This Savory Vegan
Vegan Tofu Poke Bowl (pictured) - Simple Veganista
Pan-Fried Teriyaki Tofu Bowl - Just One Cookbook
Sweet and Sour Tofu Bowls - Full of Plants
Almond Butter Tofu Bowls - Purple Carrot
Tex-Mex Tofu Bowls - Tesco
Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl with Quinoa and Avocado - Well Plated
Black Bean Quinoa Bowl with Cilantro [Agave] Vinaigrette - Veggie and the Beast
Peanut Sauce Quinoa Bowl - B.Britnell
Make-Ahead Vegan Lunch Bowls (pictured) - Detoxinista
Quinoa Pesto Veggie Bowl - Namely Marley
Cozy Quinoa Buddha Bowl (pictured) - Simply Quinoa
California Quinoa Bowl from Cooking Quinoa - Ricki Heller
Sweet Potato Brussels Sprout Quinoa Bowl - Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Spiced Apple Cider and Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl - Heather Cristo
Roasted Winter Bowl w/BBQ Tempeh + Hemp Seed Ranch Dressing - The First Mess
Morrocan Salad Bowl with Preserved Lemons - Lazy Cat Kitchen
Greek Salad Cucumber Noodle Bowl (pictured) - Heather Christo
Beans and Veggie Salad Bowl with Mint and Garlic Vinagrette - A Cupcake for Love
Grilled Corn Salad Bowl (pictured) - Green Evi
The Big Southwest Lentil Salad Bowl - I Love Vegan
The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowl (pictured) - Pinch of Yum
The Nourish and Glow Miracle Bowl - Oh She Glows
Summer Acai Bowl with Big Cluster Toasted Buckwheat Granola - Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Veggie Glow Bowls - Dishing out Health
Gochujang Veggie Bowls - Purple Carrot
Vegan Bowl Recipes
- Grains or noodles rice, quinoa, brown rice, couscous, millet, farro, amaranth, rice noodles, wheat noodles, soba noodles, etc.
- Vegan protein beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, seitan
- Vegetables carrots, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, spinach, beets, kale, arugula, cucumber, tomato, sweet potato, mushrooms, avocado, etc.
- Seeds or nuts sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds
- Start with a base of grains or noodles. Use just one or mix a couple grains together.
- Add a vegan protein source. Tofu can be fried, baked or air-fried.
- Top with vegetables of your choice. Veggies can be steamed, roasted, or fresh.
- Nuts provide healthy fats and great texture.
- Drizzle over your favourite dressing or sauce.