Fresh and healthy Buddha bowls with brown rice, mixed greens, cherries, blackberries, peaches, black beans, pistachios, red onion, avocado, queso fresco, and green goddess tahini dressing – an easy well-rounded meal that can be made any night of the week.

These bowls….

How do I put this?

They’re the cat’s meow.

Summer Buddha Bowls with stone fruit, black beans, rice, greens, pistachios, and tahini green goddess dressing #vegetarian #healthy #paleo


So good, you’ll need a tissue to wipe your happy tears. So rambunctious, you’ll be up until 3am watching Gilmore Girls and Carpool Karaoke. So nutritious, you’ll feel like you’ll never need to eat anything every again. Except for more bowl.

The last few weeks, I’ve been yearning for an over-the-top bowl of summery sustenance. Something voluminous and sassy to go along with this summer bout of sassy McSassalot sassafras sass I seem to be experiencing.

I’ve been craving something with lots of variety and texture (enter das Buddha bowl), something colorful (enter stone fruit + mixed greens + queso fresco + avo +…you get the point), and something WOW saucy (enter green goddess tahini dressing).

I whipped up 4 different meals using many of the same ingredients you see in this recipe, but none were the exact thing I was looking. But these bowls. These exact bowls. They’re everything I want in a well-rounded, clean summer sassy meal.


Summer Buddha Bowls with stone fruit, black beans, rice, greens, pistachios, and tahini green goddess dressing #vegetarian #healthy #paleo

And these bowls, though. Crunchy, squishy, sploogy flavor explosion. Sweet, tangy, salty, creamy – all the flavors, every texture. All the bases? Covered.

In case you’re not familiar with Buddha bowls, they’re basically an anything-goes bowl with a mixture of fresh and cooked greens, fruit, beans, nuts, cheese, and sauce on top of a bed of rice. They’re usually vegan or vegetarian and are packed full and well-rounded, like a Buddha’s belly.

Summer Buddha Bowls with brown rice, mixed greens, summer fruit, black beans, queso fresco, and green goddess dressing | #healthy #dinner #recipe #vegetarian

Black beans + brown rice give you a complete protein, plus you have the pistachios, queso fresco, and the tahini to add to the protein profile. My carnivorous friends – feel free to add grilled or rotisserie chicken.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Adding or subtracting various fruit.
  • Using your favorite type of rice (forbidden or wild rice would be awesome)
  • Incorporate your favorite greens – either cooked or raw – such as spinach, arugula, chard, or kale.
  • Add hard boiled egg, chicken or serve alongside a cut of your favorite meat.
  • Make the green goddess traditional by using tarragon and parsley in place of the basil and sage, or use your favorite combination of fresh herbs.
  • Add roasted or grilled vegetables such as zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potato, broccoli, and/or eggplant

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Stone Fruit Buddha Bowls with black beans, rice, greens, pistachios, and tahini green goddess dressing #vegetarian #healthy #paleo

Summer Buddha Bowls with Green Goddess Tahini Dressing

4.63 from 8 votes
Summer Buddha Bowls with Green Goddess Tahini Dressing are jam packed with color, flavor and texture!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


Green Goddess Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup tahini well-stirred
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup water or more if needed for blending
  • 1 clove large garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • ¼ cup chives chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil packed
  • 4 leaves large sage

Stone Fruit Buddha Bowls:

  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 5 ounces mixed greens I used a baby lettuce blend
  • 1 14- ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ripe cherries pitted and halved
  • 1 pint ripe blackberries
  • 1 ripe peach pitted and sliced
  • 1 avocado pitted and sliced
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch green onion chopped
  • 1/3 cup queso fresco crumbled
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios chopped


Prepare the Green Goddess Tahini Dressing:

  • Add all of the ingredients for the dressing to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. The dressing will be very thick - you can add more water or a splash of full-fat coconut milk to thin it out. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the Buddha Bowls:

  • Cook the rice according to package instructions. Divide it among 4 large bowls, along with the remaining ingredients. Drizzle desired amount of green goddess dressing over each bowl and serve.


Serving: 1Serving · Calories: 563kcal · Carbohydrates: 67g · Protein: 19g · Fat: 28g · Fiber: 17g · Sugar: 12g
Author: Julia
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buddha bowls, green goddess dressing, healthy dinner recipe, summer recipes, tahini, unique bowl recipes, vegetarian recipes
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Summer Buddha Bowls with brown rice, mixed greens, summer fruit, black beans, queso fresco, and green goddess dressing | #healthy #dinner #recipe #vegetarian

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I hate those little grey buggers that I always find on my kale! You can bet I was the ish out of my greens when I see those. I have a salad spinner but it’s not near as schnazzy as Kuisiware. I love that it has so many functions other than just being a spinner.

    This buddha bowl looks like total summer perfection. I don’t think it’s possible to put more nutrients or delicious ingredients in one bowl. LOVE!!

  2. haha oh gosh I have totally been binge watching gilmore girls to get ready for the reboot! Now I just need one of these bowls to go along with it! That dressing sounds amazing!!

  3. This is a gorgeous stone fruit bowl – the perfect way to celebrate summer! Yum!

  4. Oh my! This looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for always having such amazing ideas..

  5. So vibrant and healthy! I love this idea, especially with the queso fresco and pistachios on top! *hearteyes* 🙂

  6. OBSESSED with these summery bowls! I usually associate “bowls” with colder months, but this flips my perspective. Can’t wait to try it. xx

  7. These bowls are buddha-ful! (sorry!) lol Seriously, they look very sassy and amazing and perfect for summer! As for cleaning the greens, I’m a lot more thorough now than I used to be but it’s my least favorite thing to do. Those salad spinners are great and I need to get one!