Last updated July 14, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

Mediterranean Buddha Bowl recipe

Do you know where the Buddha Bowl got its name? One story is that the overstuffed bowl resembles the rounded appearance of Buddha’s belly, while others maintain that the round bowl represents balance, a key concept of Buddhism. Buddha bowls have been gaining in popularity because they’re a great way to eat a healthy, nourishing meal in one dish with lots of flavor.

As you eat our Mediterranean Buddha Bowl, pay attention to the many colors, flavors, and textures. Savor the fluffy grains, soft, cooked veggies, cool, crisp greens and the creamy, spicy tahini dressing. Try to make your meal a slow, mindful experience.

There are so many different combinations to explore in creating your own Buddha Bowl. Be sure to include a healthy grain like quinoa, both raw and cooked veggies, and a flavorful sauce to pull it all together.

4.28 from 25 votes
Mediterranean Buddha Bowl recipe
Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 1 tablespoon oil, olive or coconut
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch rounds, then quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups greens, like spinach or mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/4 cup julienned cucumber
  • 1/4 cup black olives (packed in water)
  • 1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh minced parsley for garnish
Spicy Tahini Dressing
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Two good pinches each of cumin powder, coriander powder, paprika powder, chili powder and garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes for garnish
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium low heat.  Add zucchini and dried oregano and saute until zucchini is tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add greens, diced red pepper, julienned cucumber, black olives and cherry tomato halves, toss to combine, set aside.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk together tahini, water and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add spices, whisk again to combine. Garnish with a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  4. In a bowl, arrange cooked quinoa, sauteed zucchini and greens/vegetable mixture into three sections. Garnish with fresh minced parsley, serve with dressing.
Recipe Notes

Store unused portion of dressing in a sealed container and refrigerate.

This tasty, nutritious bowl will improve your gut health and give your immune system all the nutrition it needs. Our Ultimate Candida Diet program contains more than 100 gluten-free, sugar-free recipes just like this, plus lots of valuable advice on symptoms, treatment options, and more. Find out more here.

Filed under: Lunch & Dinner
100% Risk-Free Guarantee

3-Month Candida Elimination Kit Start Your 3-month Candida Cleanse

This Candida Kit contains all the supplements recommended on the Candida Diet:
- LIVER ONE to process and remove the toxins created by Candida.
- CANDASSIST to inhibit and weaken the Candida colonies in your gut.
- PROBIOTIC to replace the Candida yeast with probiotic bacteria.
Plus... the CANDIDA DIET RECIPE BOOK with 50+ low-sugar recipes

Learn More


  1. Jasmin Lawrence says:

    5 stars
    Love Buddha bowls! And the tahini is a great idea. Making this tonight 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    5 stars
    Seasame is allowed on the Candida diet!? This makes me happy:)

  3. Chrissy says:

    5 stars
    Wow!! Just made this for the first time tonight and loved it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating