Vegan Rainbow Quinoa Satay Buddha Bowl

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You’ve probably seen pictures of it on Pinterest or Instagram. It’s colorful. It looks healthy. You are wondering, what exactly is ‘Buddha Bowl’? Is it really good? Why are so many people into it?

In a nutshell, Buddha Bowl is a vegetarian meal served on a bowl or a high-rimmed plate. It’s a meal consisting of a little bit of everything, from whole-grains to veggies, protein, dressing, and many more. It could be anything that falls under the vegan diet. So, yes, it is healthy and it definitely tastes good.

If you are new to the vegan diet, and you are making a list of recipes that you can make for lunch, then you have come to the right place. Below, we are going to provide you with the simplest way in which you can have a delightful Buddha Bowl for yourself. You can have variations too.

What’s the Purpose?

Since the Buddha Bowl involves plant-based foods, we can safely say that it’s an excellent way of ‘clean eating’. In fact, that’s the whole purpose. It follows the principles of Japanese and Chinese Medicine, aiming to lower the risks of chronic diseases.


How do you prepare the best Buddha Bowl at home? Here is the ‘rainbow’ recipe:

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Vegan Rainbow Quinoa Satay Buddha Bowl

  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


It’s not only the color of the Vegan Rainbow Quinoa Satay Buddha Bowl that would make you want to eat it, but also what’s in it. With a little bit of everything, this recipe provides you with a balanced meal.



1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa

1 medium-sized red or green capsicum (thinly sliced)

1 medium-sized cucumber (thinly sliced)

1 medium-sized avocado (thinly sliced)

1 medium-sized carrot (thinly sliced)

5 pcs cherry tomatoes

romaine lettuce


  1. Prepare all the ingredients.
  2. Arrange in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle with the satay sauce.
  4. Serve.


You can add chickpeas, sprouts, and pretty much any plant-based food that you want in your Buddha Bowl.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

How Do You Make the Satay Sauce?

Making the satay sauce is not hard at all. All you need are the following:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon tamari sauce
  • juice of half a lemon
  • pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake well.

Buddha Bowl Basics

Like what we have mentioned earlier, you can have anything in your Buddha Bowl as long as the food item falls under the vegan diet. But here are the 3 main components:

  • Whole Grains

You can add black, brown, or red rice. Tri-colored, white, or red quinoa will work too. Other options include buckwheat, millet, plain or pearled couscous, and farro.

  • Vegetables

With this part, you have endless options. Aside from the ones that we used in the recipe above, you can also consider adding zucchini, mushrooms, pumpkin, eggplant, baby spinach, salad mix, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower, just to mention a few.

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Include at least three vegetables, and you can have them raw, steamed, or roasted.

  • Protein

Again, it is important that you utilize plant-based protein, such as tofu, chickpeas, beans, lentils, veggie patties, and marinated tempeh.

As for the dressing, aside from satay sauce, mayonnaise and tahini are excellent as well.

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