Nourish Bowl

I have been making this nourish bowl for years, it is one of my absolute favorite recipes! It is perfect for lunch or dinner because it is easy to throw together. Making a nourish bowl is also a great way to get in lots of colorful veggies or the perfect clean-out-the-fridge meal! I also love making these for lunch meal prep. This bowl can easily be made gluten free and dairy free as well. If you’re looking for a simple, balanced, tasty and fresh meal- look no further!

Why You’ll Love This Bowl

This bowl is easy to make!

It is gluten free and dairy free.

This nourish bowl is the perfect lunch meal prep.

It is a great way to get lots of colorful veggies in your diet.

The variations are endless and there is no wrong way to make a nourish bowl!

This is a great clean-out-the-fridge meal.

It is a nourishing and balanced meal packed with protein, fat and veggies.

Equipment Needed

All you need to build a nourish bowl is a bowl! If you are cooking your rice from scratch you will need a pot. If you are going to roast veggies you will need a cutting board, knife and a baking sheet.

Ingredients Needed

Below, I am sharing what I used in my nourish bowl, but the options are endless!

Salmon: I try to use high-quality and wild caught salmon whenever I can. My favorite place to get my meat and fish is Butcher Box because they have organic and high-quality options and it gets delivered right to your door! 

Rice: I used wild rice for this nourish bowl. I cooked it myself, but a quick hack is to buy frozen rice that you can heat up.

Sweet Potato: I added roasted sweet potato into my nourish bowl because I am obsessed with sweet potato! I cubed and roasted my sweet potato on a sheet pan.

Chickpeas: I also added roasted chickpeas to this nourish bowl. I used a can of chickpeas and roasted them. Feel free to also buy pre-made crunchy chickpeas to make this quicker!

Carrots: I love adding carrots to my nourish bowl because they provide nutrients and a nice crunch!

Radish: Radishes bring a unique peppery flavor and a refreshing crunch to nourish bowls.

Cucumber: Cucumbers are a refreshing and crunchy addition to this bowl!

Avocado: Avocado adds some healthy fat and texture to this bowl.

Pomegranate Seeds: Pomegranate seeds add a sweetness and tartness to this bowl.

Green Onions: I love topping my bowl with green onions because they add a mild oniony flavor with a hint of garlic.

Dressing: I used honey mustard dressing here. Feel free to purchase store bought dressing or make your own! I made my own honey mustard dressing by mixing together 1/4 cup mustard, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp garlic powder.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your ingredients.

Step 2: Assemble the bowl by adding all of the veggies and drizzling the dressing on top!

Balanced Nourish Bowl Formula

Use this formula to build your own nourish bowl:

Base: Choose from a variety of whole grains like quinoa, brown rice or wild rice! You could also use potatoes as a base or do a mixture of rice and sweet potato, like I did here.

Protein: Opt for lean protein sources like grilled chicken or baked fish.

Vegetables: Incorporate a mix of colorful vegetables like leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers or cucumbers.

Healthy Fats: Add fats from sources like avocado, nuts, seeds or olive oil.

Optional Toppings: Enhance the flavor and texture with toppings like herbs, spices, sauces, or a drizzle of tahini.


Nourish bowls are best made fresh if possible! If not, I recommend storing the ingredients separately and assembling them when you are ready to eat. If you are making a nourish bowl for meal prep, assemble the bowl, keeping the ingredients as separate as possible and store the dressing on the side. You may also want to consider opting for a jar! Consume within 2-3 days if storing all of the ingredients together.

How to Meal Prep

Assemble your nourish bowl. Leave the dressing on the side along with any other fats that might go bad quickly (like avocado). Consume within 2-3 days.


The variations are endless for these nourish bowls! Feel free to experiment with a variety of bases, toppings, vegetables and dressings. Try out themed bowls like Southwest, Mexican or Asian-Inspired.

Pro Tips

To make this process quicker, use frozen veggies and frozen rice!

Recipe FAQ

What is a nourish bowl?

A nourish bowl is a well-balanced and nutritious meal that typically consists of a base, protein, vegetables, healthy fats and toppings. These bowls are known for their versatility and ability to accommodate a variety of ingredients and flavors, making them a popular choice for health-conscious individuals seeking a satisfying and wholesome meal.

Are nourish bowls good for you?

Nourish bowls are a great way to consume lots of vegetables. They are typically very nutrient-dense, depending on what you put in them!

What is the difference between a buddha bowl and a nourish bowl?

The terms “nourish bowl” and “Buddha bowl” are often used interchangeably, and there is no clear distinction between the two.

Do you eat them hot or cold?

You can opt to eat your nourish bowl either hot or cold!

Related Recipes

Be sure to try these easy lunch ideas next:

Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

Paleo White Chicken Chili

Chicken Taco Pasta

Paleo Beef Stew

Hummus Chicken Salad

If you make this nourish bowl and love it, I would really appreciate a 5 star review! I also love seeing your creations so please tag me on Instagram or TikTok.

Print Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Nourish Bowl

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Lunch
Keyword: healthy, lunch idea, meal prep, nourish bowl
Servings: 1
Calories: 600kcal


  • 1 bowl


  • 1 cooked salmon fillet
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup radishes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato, cooked and cubed
  • 1/2 cup crispy chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/8 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp honey mustard dressing see notes for homemade recipe!


  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Assemble your nourish bowl and drizzle the dressing on top!


NOTE: I made my own honey mustard dressing by mixing together 1/4 cup mustard, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp garlic powder. 


Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 1845mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 20640IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 5mg
about lauren less

Hi, I'm Lauren!

Combining my passions for food and helping others, I have created a space you can visit for allergy-friendly recipes, chronic illness support, non-toxic lifestyle suggestions and health and wellness tips!

Latest Posts



Leave a Reply

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

Recipe Rating