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Summer Buddha Bowls with Green Goddess Tahini Dressing

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.

You can change up these bowls in a myriad of ways. Here are some thoughts:

  • 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

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Julia


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:

  • 2 cups uncooked 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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.


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Friday 14th of October 2016

Channel surfers pull them on for pizza and beers.

Debra Eliotseats

Thursday 28th of July 2016

Love the sounds of that dressing!


Friday 29th of July 2016

It's soooooo good! I hope you try it :)


Thursday 28th of July 2016

Wow. This looks so gorgeous and SO delicious! Cannot wait to put this on the lunch menu!


Thursday 28th of July 2016

How gorgeous!!!


Monday 25th of July 2016

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!

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