15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipes You’ve Got To Try

These 15 luscious and delicious healthy buddha bowl recipes are all loaded with vegetables, mostly plant-based, nourishing, filling, dairy free and gluten free. It’s all about the colour in these bowls! 

15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Is it just me or is time flying like crazy these days?? I feel like we just sold our house, bought our fixer-upper and moved into my parents just yesterday but it’s already been over 3 months! I’m finally working on my first post for the renovation which will include before pictures of our humble abode and the design concept (eeek!). Things are slowly taking shape and I’m so excited to share more with you but in the meantime I’ve got 15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipes, perfect for the fall and winter season, that you’ve got to try! 

15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

What is a Buddha Bowl? 


You may be wondering, what is a buddha bowl exactly? Here’s the definition according to Wikipedia:

“A Buddha bowl is a vegetarian meal served on a single bowl or high-rimmed plate, which consists of little dishes, served cold. The dishes are a combination of healthy whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice, plant proteins such as chick peas or tofu and vegetables.”  

This definition definitely makes sense but I’ve also seen buddha bowls (or hippie bowls, or dragon bowls, or macro bowls) that contain meat too, so I think it is really up to the individual buddha bowl creator! The key is that the bowl contains several individual components that come together wonderfully as one hearty dish. There are several essential components (via Huffington Post), most importantly grains, veggies (raw or roasted), some sort of protein (beans, tofu, tempeh, or a meat), leafy greens, seeds, and a delicious dressing or sauce

The best part is that there is literally a bajillion different ways you can make a buddha bowl. It’s a perfect way to get creative in the kitchen and truly a foodies dream! I’ve scoured the blogosphere for 15 of the best healthy buddha bowl recipes and here there are in all their glory. I hope you are inspired and find them just as drool-worthy as I do! 


The Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipes 


15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Bali Bowl from Quite Good Food 

This delicious plant-based bowl contains balinese-style tempeh with rice, veggies, and tons of flavour! 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Roasted Broccoli Bowl with Sunbutter Sauce from My Quiet Kitchen 

This healthy, vegan bowl contains chickpeas, roasted broccoli and a delicious sauce made with sunbutter so it’s totally nut free! 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Red Curry Dragon Bowl from NITK

This tasty bowl is actually a dragon bowl but similar to a buddha bowl in that it’s loaded with cooked and raw veggies over a bed of rice with a delicious red thai curry sauce. 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Vegan Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl from Running on Real Food 

This vegan bowl contains avocado, hummus, cabbage, sprouts and sweet potato. A delicious and nourishing combination. 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Roasted Spring Vegetable Buddha Bowl from Fragrant Vanilla

This healthy buddha bowl recipe is so nourishing, packed with roasted vegetables and avocado on a bed of rice with a creamy pumpkin seed sauce. 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl from Veggie Inspired 

This delicious bowl has tons of flavour, texture, and color – it’s hearty, nourishing, filled with plant protein and a perfect buddha bowl option! 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Roasted Veggie Winter Buddha Bowl with Chicken from NITK 

This healthy, balanced buddha bowl is warm and filling which contains roasted veggies, chicken, and a delicious dressing making it perfect for the winter months. If you want to go with a completely vegan option simply swap out the chicken for baked or grilled tofu or edamame beans instead!



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Sweet Potato Bowl with Matcha Cilantro Pesto from Sunny Thymes 

The matcha cilantro pesto is the perfect topping for this delicious and healthy buddha bowl recipe filled with couscous, kale, and eggs. 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Complete Winter Buddha Bowl from The Awesome Green 

This gorgeous winter buddha bowl is loaded with amazing flavors including grapefruit, millet, chickpeas, spinach, and butternut squash. 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowls from Pinch of Yum 

This delicious bliss bowl recipe contains homemade falafel, roasted vegetables, spinach, and crushed pistachios. Stunning and totally healthy! 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Vegan Japanese Buddha Bowl from The Little Plantation 

This pretty and simple plant-based buddha bowl is perfectly arranged with tofu, blood orange, spring onion, a savory granola and carrots. 



Green Curry Buddha Bowl from The Modern Proper 

This beautiful healthy buddha bowl recipe is loaded with vegetables and smothered with a creamy, dairy-free green curry sauce. Yum!



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Lemon Basil Buddha Bowls from Flora and Vino 

This plant-based bowl contains a unique combination of flavours and is topped with baked sweet potato fries, edamame beans for protein, and lemon! 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Nourishing Buddha Bowl with Maple Roasted Chickpeas from Choosing Chia 

This simple and minimal buddha bowl is topped with maple roasted chickpeas, avocado, cabbage and sweet potato on a bed of quinoa. 



15 Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipe To Try

Sweet Potato Vegan Buddha Bowl from Fit Foodie Finds 

This healthy buddha bowl recipe is easy to make in under an hour and is loaded with roasted vegetables, whole grains, and a delicious tahini sauce. 




Whoa, color overload!! These delicious buddha bowls are so colourful and loaded with amazing ingredients. I also love the variations of flavours and textures and yet all are similar in some way or another. Do you ever make your own buddha/bliss/dragon/hippie bowls? I’d love to know what you put in yours. Tell me about it in the comments section and be sure to pin the photo below to save this tasty recipe round-up post for later! 

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Looking for a buddha bowl recipe? Here are 15 to choose from that are so delicious, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan, vegetarian or made with chicken. These bowls are so easy to meal prep, include ingredients like tofu and sweet potato and all have delicious sauce or dressing ideas. Clean eating friendly and fun for the whole family!




Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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