Winter Rainbow Buddha Bowl (Vegan & Healthy)

by Alena

Enjoy this colorful rainbow Buddha bowl on a cozy fall or winter night! Endlessly customizable and loaded with texture and flavor, this easy and healthy vegan dinner can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Winters can be dark, cold and long — let’s make these months much more enjoyable with our colorful rainbow Buddha bowl!

Also called nourish bowls, these versatile meals usually feature lots of different food groups to create a balanced and colorful dish.

From grains and legumes to veggies, leafy greens, nuts, seeds and fruit, vegan bowls like our rainbow Buddha bowl come in so many different shapes and sizes.

We’ve already shared this simple quinoa veggie bowl and a warm lentil kale winter salad with juicy pomegranate seeds — these are two great examples of what plant-based bowls can look like.

Packed with color, flavor and texture, they are endlessly customizable so that no matter your dietary or taste preferences, a delicious Buddha bowl is never far away.

For more winter bowl ideas, check out our roast pumpkin feta salad or this quinoa and spinach fig salad!

table with two assembled rainbow Buddha bowls next to a towel

Look at the recipe

  • Vegan, oil-free & gluten-free
  • Satiating and nourishing
  • High in antioxidants & protein
  • Weight loss-friendly
  • Easy to make & customize
  • Great for meal prep

There’s little else we enjoy more than a colorful rainbow Buddha bowl that features so many different textures and flavors!

And it’s honestly so easy to make with little equipment needed — only a good knife, cutting board, bowl, baking sheets and pot are required.

two hands cutting red cabbage on a white surface
woman in white shirt and apron leaning over a table and holing fresh spinach and arugula in her hands

Ingredients needed

  • Sweet potatoes — vibrantly orange and so satisfying.
  • Chickpeas — they get roasted in cozy spices alongside the sweet potato!
  • Quinoa — more bulk, satiety and protein in our winter Buddha bowl.
  • Kale & spinach — every good bowl needs some leafy greens, right?
  • Red cabbage & orange — after all, we’re looking for the colors of the rainbow here.
  • Tahini — this runny liquid gold will be the base for our easy dressing.

Sounds like a great combination, don’t you agree? Together with some toasted walnuts, lime juice and maple syrup, this rainbow Buddha bowl is incredibly flavorful and moreish.

top view of a colorful winter Buddha bowl made from roasted veggies, chickpeas, quinoa and fresh greens

How to make a winter rainbow Buddha bowl

Start with roasting

Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Coat the sweet potato cubes and chickpeas with spices and arrange them in a single layer on the first baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes, tossing everything halfway through.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix chopped kale with apple cider vinegar and salt. Massage for about a minute, then spread it into a single layer on the second baking sheet.

Place into the oven and roast for 10 minutes, then flip the kale chips and roast for 5 more minutes.

Chop, whisk and cook

While the ingredients above are roasting in the oven, cook the quinoa according to package instructions.

In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, water, lime juice, maple syrup, garlic powder and salt for the flavorful dressing. Adjust to taste preferences, then set aside.

Wash and chop fresh spinach, red cabbage and half an orange.

Assemble your Buddha bowl

Divide all of your prepared ingredients between two serving bowls: cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas, kale chips, fresh spinach and cabbage.

Top with orange slices and toasted walnuts, then drizzle your winter bowls with the tahini dressing.

two bowls filled with colorful winter produce on a table being topped with walnuts

Tips & adjustments

Meal prep this recipe

You can buy pre-chopped vegetables to save some time and use any dressing you have on hand! We love to make larger batches of this tahini dressing and store it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks to have with our winter Buddha bowls.

You can also pre-roast the chickpeas and sweet potatoes and then reheat them for a few minutes in the oven once you’re ready to enjoy your rainbow bowl.

Check out our 1-week vegan meal plan to see how we meal prep this Buddha bowl and 6 more bowls within 7 days!

This recipe is also featured in our free downloadable “Week of Vegan Bowls” eBook.

Add more colors of the rainbow

Red bell pepper or tomato, bright green avocado, pink radishes, purple sweet potato, blueberries, vegan cheese crumbles, beetroot, black sesame, baby corn, sauerkraut, cucumber or cauliflower — the plant kingdom has so many different colorful foods to offer!

Just use what you like the most and have on hand — here are some suggested swaps.

two hands holding a colorful vegan rainbow bowl over a table

Other add-ins & swaps

Slice some onion into wedges and add it to one of the baking sheets if you like! Cubed and marinated tofu or tempeh can also be roasted alongside the other ingredients for added protein in your winter bowl.

We suggest you add a dollop of beetroot dip or green goddess hummus or choose from our selection of oil-free vegan dressings.

Our favorite picks for this rainbow Buddha bowl include:

If you like fruit in your Buddha bowls, we recommend roasted pears, chopped dates or dried cranberries in this winter-themed recipe. 

Sweet potatoes can be replaced with winter squash and instead of quinoa, use rice, buckwheat, wheat berries or omit the grains for more potatoes and beans!

white table with a rainbow Buddha bowl consisting of sweet potato, kale, spinach, red cabbage, orange and chickpeas

More vegan winter dinners

If you liked this rainbow Buddha bowl and are looking for more vegan winter recipes, try the following goodness next!

Did you make our vegan winter rainbow Buddha bowl and liked it? Be sure to let us know in the comments below and leave a rating. You can also Pin this recipe here!

two hands holding a colorful vegan rainbow bowl over a table

Winter Rainbow Buddha Bowl (Vegan & Healthy)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Enjoy this colorful rainbow Buddha bowl on a cozy fall or winter night! Endlessly customizable and loaded with texture and flavor, this easy and healthy vegan dinner can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes (600 g)
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained (160 g)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 kale leaves, de-stemmed, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (30 g)
  • 3 cups red cabbage, shredded (210 g)
  • ⅔ cup quinoa, uncooked (110 g)
  • ½ orange, peeled and cut into slices
  • ½ cup lightly toasted walnuts (50 g)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tahini Dressing

  • 1.5 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Onto the first one, add the chickpeas, sweet potatoes and spices (cumin, turmeric, ginger, cayenne) and toss to coat evenly. 
  3. Spread into a single layer and put into the oven for 25 minutes, tossing the chickpeas and sweet potato cubes halfway through.
  4. Put the chopped kale together with apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of salt into a medium-sized bowl and massage for about a minute. Arrange in a single layer on your second baking sheet and put it into the oven.
  5. Roast the kale leaves for 10 minutes, flip over and roast for 5 minutes more, then remove and set aside.
  6. While the sweet potatoes, chickpeas and kale are roasting in the oven, prepare the quinoa according to package instructions.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the tahini dressing until smooth. Adjust to taste preferences by adding more salt, maple, garlic powder or lime juice.
  8. Finally, assemble the bowls by evenly dividing the quinoa, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, red cabbage and fresh spinach. 
  9. Garnish with orange slices, walnuts and kale chips, drizzle with tahini sauce and serve warm.

Notes

  • You can use any dressing of your choice for this Buddha bowl.
  • Instead of quinoa, you can use cooked rice, buckwheat, wheat berries, couscous or simply omit it.
  • Find more swaps and ideas for add-ins in the article above!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 18gSugar: 26gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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  1. What a lovely recipe! This colourful vegan bowl is so perfect for fall and winter. We loved the suggested add-ins & swaps as it can be transformed into a different delicious bowl every time!

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