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Vegan Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Looking for a delicious and healthy meal that’s easy to prepare? Try this Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing recipe!

This colorful and flavorful bowl is packed with fresh veggies, and a creamy, homemade peanut sauce that will have you licking your plate clean. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sure to satisfy your taste buds and your hunger. Give it a try today!

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Looking for a delicious and healthy meal that's easy to prepare? Try our Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing recipe! This colorful and flavorful bowl is packed with fresh veggies, and a creamy, nutty peanut dressing that will have you licking your plate clean. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sure to satisfy your taste buds and your hunger. Give it a try today!

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What is a Buddha Bowl?

A Buddha Bowl is a colorful and nutritious bowl meal that typically consists of a combination of whole grains, proteins, vegetables, and a flavorful dressing. The name “Buddha Bowl” comes from the idea of a bowl filled with an abundance of different foods, which is said to resemble the belly of Buddha.

Buddha Bowls are often vegan or vegetarian, but can also include meat or seafood as a protein source. They are typically served cold or at room temperature and are customizable to include a variety of different ingredients based on personal preferences and dietary restrictions.

Some common ingredients in a Buddha Bowl include rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale, chickpeas, tofu, avocado, and a variety of different sauces or dressings. They are a popular choice for a healthy and satisfying meal that can be enjoyed any time of day.

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What do I need to make a Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing?

Making a buddha bowl is pretty easy as it starts with a base of your favourite rice or grain, topped by some of your favorite vegetables, then a tasty dressing.

Overhead photo of ingredients used in a buddha bowl with peanut dressing, including: 2 cups cooked white rice,
½ cup shredded purple cabbage,
½ cup sliced red bell pepper,
½ cup sliced and halved cucumber, seeds removed,
⅓ cup shelled edamame,
⅓ cup sliced radishes,
⅓ cup sliced green onion,
1 avocado, sliced,
1 carrot, shaved,
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, 
¼ cup creamy peanut butter,
¼ cup water,
2 tablespoons soy sauce,
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar,
½ teaspoon ground ginger,
½ teaspoon garlic powder, and
½ teaspoon black pepper.

For this Buddha Bowl, I used the following ingredients:

  • Cooked white rice (or your favorite grain)
  • Shredded purple cabbage
  • Sliced red bell pepper
  • Sliced and halved cucumber, seeds removed
  • Shelled edamame
  • Sliced radishes
  • Sliced green onion
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Carrot, shaved
  • Black sesame seeds, optional

For the peanut sauce I used:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Water
  • Soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper

For the full list of ingredients, and the printable recipe, be sure to check out the recipe card below.

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How to make a Peanut Dressing for a Buddha Bowl

Step 1: In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), garlic powder, and ginger powder until smooth.

Step 2: Slowly whisk in the water, a little at a time, until the dressing reaches your desired consistency. You may need to add more or less water depending on how thick your peanut butter is.

Step 3: Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add more soy sauce for saltiness, more maple syrup or honey for sweetness, or more vinegar for acidity.

Step 4: Serve the Peanut Dressing over your Buddha Bowl, or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

Make this Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing, then check out my Vegan Cucumber and Chickpea Salad, , Roasted Asparagus Caesar Salad, and more of my vegan recipes.  

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TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read on for tips and substitution ideas on how to make this Buddha Bowl recipe.

What can I use for a Buddha Bowl base besides white rice?

For a Buddha Bowl base, you can use a variety of grains or greens to create a nutritious and flavorful foundation for your bowl. Here are some options to consider:

  1. Brown rice: Brown rice is a popular choice for a Buddha Bowl base as it’s high in fiber, protein, and nutrients. It’s also easy to cook and pairs well with a variety of ingredients.
  2. Quinoa: Quinoa is another popular grain for a Buddha Bowl base. It’s a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It has a slightly nutty flavor that complements a variety of toppings.
  3. Couscous: Couscous is a small, granular pasta that cooks quickly and is a great option for a Buddha Bowl base. It has a mild flavor that pairs well with a variety of ingredients and can be used as a substitute for rice or quinoa.
  4. Greens: You can also use leafy greens like kale, spinach, or arugula as a base for your Buddha Bowl. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and provide a fresh and light base for your toppings.
  5. Sweet potatoes: For a grain-free option, you can use roasted sweet potatoes as a base for your Buddha Bowl. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, and provide a sweet and savory flavor to your bowl.

Remember to mix and match your base with your preferred toppings and dressing to create your ideal Buddha Bowl.

What is coconut aminos?

Coconut aminos is a sauce made from the fermented sap of coconut palms and is a popular alternative to soy sauce. It is gluten-free, soy-free, and has a lower sodium content compared to soy sauce. Coconut aminos is a rich source of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, making it a healthier option for those looking to reduce their sodium or soy intake. It has a slightly sweet, savory, and salty flavor that is similar to soy sauce, but with a milder taste. Coconut aminos can be used as a condiment, marinade, or cooking ingredient in a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, salads, sauces, and dressings.

How long does a Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing keep in the fridge?

A Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, but it is best to consume it within the first 2 days for optimal freshness and flavor. The dressing may thicken and become less creamy over time, so you may need to add a little water or additional dressing when reheating or consuming leftovers. To store your Buddha Bowl, place it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat it.

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Other vegan salad recipes to try

  • Vegan Cucumber and Chickpea Salad – Topped with red onions, cilantro and vegan feta, this salad has a tahini lime salad dressing that brings a delightful flavour to tie it all together for the perfectly filling summer salad.
  • Panzanella Salad (Tuscan Bread Salad) – a refreshing summer salad made with juicy tomatoes, crusty bread, and a simple vinaigrette. The dressing is light, tangy, and flavorful, complementing the juicy tomatoes and fresh vegetables in the salad. 

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Looking for a delicious and healthy meal that's easy to prepare? Try our Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing recipe! This colorful and flavorful bowl is packed with fresh veggies, and a creamy, nutty peanut dressing that will have you licking your plate clean. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sure to satisfy your taste buds and your hunger. Give it a try today!

Vegan Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This colorful and flavorful bowl is packed with fresh veggies, and a creamy, nutty peanut dressing that will have you licking your plate clean.

Perfect for lunch or dinner, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sure to satisfy your taste buds and your hunger.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Buddha Bowl

  • 2 cups cooked white rice (or your favorite grain)
  • ½ cup shredded purple cabbage
  • ½ cup sliced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup sliced and halved cucumber, seeds removed
  • ⅓ cup shelled edamame
  • ⅓ cup sliced radishes
  • ⅓ cup sliced green onion
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 carrot, shaved
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, optional

Ingredients for the peanut sauce:

Instructions

  1. Place the rice into the bottom of the bowls. 
  2. Arrange the vegetables over the rice.
  3. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds, if desired.
  4. Whisk together the ingredients for the peanut sauce until evenly blended. 
  5. Drizzle the sauce over the salads and serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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Looking for a delicious and healthy meal that's easy to prepare? Try our Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing recipe! This colorful and flavorful bowl is packed with fresh veggies, and a creamy, nutty peanut dressing that will have you licking your plate clean. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sure to satisfy your taste buds and your hunger. Give it a try today!

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