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Don’t lie. When you make a salad, it’s mostly an array of whatever vegetables you have on hand. Maybe you’ll throw in a piece of chicken or a hard-boiled egg if you’re feeling fancy, but that is the extent of your culinary expertise when it comes to salads. That’s where the philosophy of the Buddha bowl comes in.

A Buddha bowl is a meal in which the bowl you’re eating from is so full that it has the appearance of a “rounded belly,” similar to Buddha’s. It also requires that you fulfill three ingredient requirements: veggies or fruits, a starch and a protein. Buddha bowls are often vegetarian or vegan, but it’s not a requirement.

Not sure where to start on your journey to inner (food) peace? This Asian-inspired Buddha bowl recipe can help.


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 1


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1 cup spinach
1 baby sweet pepper
4 grape tomatoes
1/3 cup cucumbers
¼ cup carrots cut in long strips
½ cup frozen edamame
1 egg
1 cup rice noodles
1 salmon filet, skin removed
Ginger and sesame salad dressing


1. Start boiling water in two pots for the egg and noodles.

2. While the water is starting to boil, grease a pan and start cooking salmon on medium heat. Flip the salmon once it is cooked halfway through.


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3. Once water in both pots is boiling, add egg to one and turn down to medium heat. Cook the egg for 10 minutes.


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4. In the other pot, add rice noodles for two to three minutes.

5. Drain noodles and place in a bowl in the refrigerator to cool.

6. While the egg and salmon are cooking, rinse and cut vegetables then place in bowl.


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7. Place frozen edamame in a microwave safe bowl, add a little water and cook for 3 minutes.

8. Remove edamame from pod and add to salad.

9. Drain hot water from egg, then peel, slice and add the egg to salad.

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10. Add chilled rice noodles on top of salad.


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11. Cut salmon and add to salad.


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12. Add desired amount of dressing.


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How to Make a Buddha Bowl



Get the hang of this one, and soon, you can create any zen-like concoction with whatever is in your fridge.

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