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Are you a fan of Mediterranean cuisine, and would you like to have a little bit of everything? Make a Mediterranean Bowl with all of your favorite Mediterranean flavors.
First, this quick and easy bowl is your ultimate choice when looking for a filling and wholesome meal to satisfy your taste buds. It is simply made with creamy hummus, any chosen rice, fresh parsley salad, cucumbers, pickled turnips, and heirloom tomatoes. Then, finally topped with your preferred protein option, dressing, and cheese.
Colorful and Appetizing
Why You Will Love Mediterranean Bowl
Quick, Simple, and Nourishing
Are you busy all week and you feel guilty for not eating healthy? This easy lunch concept is going to be your best-friend in sorting out your diet.
All of the ingredients in the bowl are healthy and can be literally prepped ahead of time. You can whip hummus, cut the veggies you want, cook the rice, and store them properly in the fridge on the weekends. Then, when hungry you can just assemble what you have prepared before adding your protein of choice.
Besides, I bet the word Mediterranean on its own will leave you drooling just by thinking of the delicious flavors this cuisine hold. So, I want you to imagine all of these savory flavors packed in a single bowl. Isn’t amazing?
Moreover, the ingredients in this Mediterranean bowl can be easily swapped to best fit your diet and taste. You will not get tired of this bowl; since it grants you the option to add, omit, swap, and get creative with the components. The sky is your limit.
Plus, Mediterranean bowl can also be ideal as a main dish on its own, or it can be served as a side salad. You do you!
Easily Customized Mediterranean Bowl
Mediterranean Bowl Recipe Substitutions
First, in this particular recipe, vermicelli rice was added as a form of grain option; here is the full recipe Perfect White Vermicelli Rice . In fact, it is the ultimate Mediterranean choice of grains. However, if you are not a fan of vermicelli rice, then you can choose to switch it up with any other rice you prefer or you have as a leftover.
Plus, you can opt for a healthier and more filling choices such as quinoa, brown rice, couscous, or bulgur. All of these choices are perfect to choose from.
You can’t have a full meal without protein, am I right? We have got endless options to insert in our hearty recipe.
However, We personally used ready cooked frozen Charcoal Chicken Sheesh Kabob cooked for 10 minutes in the air-fryer. They turned up really juicy and enhanced the flavors of the rest of the ingredients.
This easily customized recipe allows you to add whatever you want to the bowl of goodness.
So, when it comes to proteins you can choose to add salmon, beef kofta, ground beef, grilled chicken, or even canned tuna.
Whereas, for those following a vegan diet, you are not left out. This recipe is ideal for you as well, for there are more than enough protein options that take this bowl to the next level. You could use tofu for instance, vegetarian meat, or even lentils.
Initially, this Mediterranean bowl recipe contains hummus dip, and here is the recipe Smooth Vegan Hummus Recipe. Hummus carries good amount of protein. Therefore, it is not a big deal if you only choose to stick to veggies, rice, and hummus.
Veggies are considered the heart of this recipe. So, when it comes to assembling Mediterranean bowls, it is a must to bulk it up with enough fresh, healthy, and nourishing vegetables.
For this recipe, we have added fresh raw vegetables such as heirloom tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and a base of parsley salad.
Unleash your creativity and pour your heart out into this bowl by packing it up with your desired veggies. You can personally add roasted or grilled bunch of veggies if that’s what you prefer, such as, roasted bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, or any other leftover veggies.
Authentic Mediterranean Flavors with a Twist
Originally, we have loaded this Mediterranean bowl with vibrant additions that boosted the flavors of the basic components. Our fresh bowl is garnished with juicy pickled turnips, slightly salty feta cheese, and glossy olive oil.
However, you can play around and just add what’s within easy reach. Some might omit ingredients or add what they would prefer. Nuts for instance are the perfect addition to this bowl, especially freshly toasted pine nuts. It gives that Mediterranean vibe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure thing! The good thing about this whole meal-in-a-bowl concept is that it allows busy people to prepare some of its components ahead of time. And when they are ready to have it, they can just assemble it in literally no time.
They most definitely are! Well this recipe contains chicken, but you can easily take it out and add whatever you want. Or add nothing at all, since hummus has all the protein you need.
You can choose the grain you like. Here are some common suggestions to take into consideration: brown rice, burghul, quinoa, wild rice, farro, white rice, or even lentils.
Hummus is the main component in this bowl, and preparing it ahead of time is a game changer. So, it is really important to know how to store it properly. It can be prepped a week before and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Here is the full recipe to check out Smooth Vegan Hummus Recipe.
Not Your Typical Hummus Bowl
Make sure to use fresh vegetables and ingredients for the best result.
Make your own homemade hummus; don’t use store-bought ones. Hummus dip is super easy to make at home, more affordable and way more delicious than pre-made.
Don’t assemble the bowl ahead of time. Try assembling it just before eating to preserve the fresh taste of the ingredients.
Just add a drizzle of olive oil on top instead of heavy dressing, for hummus dip is already rich enough on its own.
A Wholesome Dinner Option
- Chicken or beef kabobs
- White vermicelli rice
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Pickled beets
- Crumbled feta
- Red onions
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Other Mediterranean Recipes To Try
- Mediterranean Lentil Soup
- Mediterranean Salad Pita Wraps
- Mediterranean Pasta
- Lebanese Lentils and Rice Recipe (Mujadaret Roz)
- Middle Eastern Chicken Kafta Burgers
- Simple Middle Eastern Salad
- Meat and Rice Stuffed Squash (Kussa)
- Middle-Eastern Pancakes (Atayif)
- Lebanese Chicken Shish Tawook Sheet Pan
- Mansaf (Lebanese Rice with Meat)
Mediterranean Hummus Bowl
- 4 ounces Chicken or beef kabobs
- ½ cup Hummus
- ½ cup White vermicelli rice
- ¼ cup Heirloom tomatoes, cubed
- ⅓ cup Cucumbers, sliced
- ¼ cup Pickled beets
- 3 tablespoons Feta, crumbled
- ⅓ cup Parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons Red onions, sliced
- Assemble all the ingredients in a bowl.
- I used frozen chicken kabobs but you can use any protein that matches med style.
- Make sure to use fresh vegetables and ingredients for the best result.
- Just add a drizzle of olive oil on top instead of heavy dressing, for hummus dip is already rich enough on its own.
- Don’t assemble the bowl ahead of time. Try assembling it just before eating to preserve the fresh taste of the ingredients.
- Make your own homemade hummus, don’t use store-bought ones. Hummus dip is super easy to make at home, more affordable and way more delicious than pre-made.