Bowls make the perfect meal and are so easy to pull together with whatever grains and vegetables you have on hand—plus a homemade creamy dressing, of course! If you are short on time or are cooking for a family, preparing your vegetables, grains, and dressings once a week is a great way to have all the ingredients on hand for a quick (and healthy) lunch or dinner. 

This Mediterranean twist on my Healthy Vegan Bowl is perfect for summer, and the super-creamy, herb dressing takes it over the top. Warm quinoa, briny olives, crisp romaine, fresh tomatoes, and my Spicy Roasted Chickpeas make for a heavenly pairing. You’re going to love it!

Serves 1

What you need:

  • ¼ cup quinoa 
  • ⅔ cup water 
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives
  • ⅓ cup Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
  • ⅓ cup English cucumber
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
    Creamy Herbal Dressing:
  • ¼ cup tahini 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • ⅓ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 minced garlic cloves 
  • ¼ cup water

What you do:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add quinoa, water, and salt. Cover, bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all water has absorbed. Turn off heat, fluff, and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for the dressing, place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until creamy. 
  3. Transfer quinoa to a bowl and top with romaine, tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, cucumber, and red onion. Drizzle with Creamy Herbal Dressing. 

Healthy hints:

  • >> I always serve my grains warm, and love how the vegetables soften when combined with warm grains. Cold grains just don’t cut it for me!

  • >> Get ready: my Creamy Herbal Dressing will become a regular staple in your fridge! Use throughout the week on salads, sandwiches, bowls, or as a dip for vegetables.

    >> Don’t miss my go-to Healthy Vegan Bowl, which I eat at least three times a week.