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Buddha bowls are my all-time favorite thing to make! It’s just like making a salad, but adding more ingredients to it. The reason I love Buddha bowls so much is because they have every essential ingredient I need in order to stay healthy. These bowls normally consist of legumes, fresh vegetables, plant-based proteins, or meat, and spices/dressings.

The best part about creating a Buddha bowl is that you can get artsy with it, the more color the better! Picasso’s watching! He might be recruiting… Hah.


Tempeh, legumes, and nuts are a few of my favorite plant-based proteins! I love adding tempeh to every meal. Since protein has been a staple in my fitness/athletic journey, I can honestly say that adding a little protein to every meal can truly take you to the next level of health, energy, and happiness.

For this Buddha bowl, the main source of protein here is the chicken, tempeh, chickpeas, egg white, and pumpkin seeds. That’s 5 sources of protein!


Here’s a quick recipe video on how I created this artsy bowl. Check it out below!


Making a Buddha bowl is a simple process, there are 5 key components that make up a Buddha bowl:

  1. Whole grains
  2. Vegetables
  3. Protein
  4. Dressing
  5. “Add-ons”, such as seeds, spices, herbs, and most importantly, nuts!

whatever fresh veggie and whole food ingredient you like, just add it in! Here are the steps:

  • Start with a mix greens for the base, I added spring mix and arugula
  • Add the legume of choice! I added leftover chickpeas from the night before
  • Now throw those protein sources in there! I added chicken, tempeh, egg white, and pumpkin seeds
  • Now for the veggies (the best part), you can get funky with it and add anything you’d like. Since I love adding color to my bowls, you can’t go wrong with adding purple cabbage, peas, carrots, and broccoli. The combinations are endless!
  • For carbs, I love yams (the world is your oyster), in this case, purple yams is the lucky winner! Have you ever tried a purple yam before? They have a lavender and creamy taste. Yummm
  • Now ladies and gentleman, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… time to add the spices and dressing!

Check out the printable recipe with details below.

If you make this Buddha bowl or any other version of it that you enjoy, I would love to hear about it down in the comments below!

Here’s the printable recipe


Frank Romano
There are 5 key components to a Buddha bowl, adding whole grains, veggies, protein, dressing, and other add-ons such as spices, herbs, and nuts – are all essential to creating a super colorful, healthy, and delicious Buddha bowl! This specific recipe is a work of art, and the cool part about Buddha bowls is that they can be made in 100 million different ways.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Buddha Bowl, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2



  • Spring mix
  • Arugula
  • Purple cabbage
  • Peas
  • Carrot
  • Mushrooms
  • Steamed broccoli

Whole grain & carbs

  • Chickpeas
  • Purple yam


  • Chicken
  • Tempeh
  • Egg white


  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado

Spices & Dressing

  • Basil
  • 21 seasoning
  • Salt & pepper
  • Homemade dressing! Green and Red
Keyword Buddha bowl, salad bowl
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