Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowl

Who loves Cauliflower Rice? Who loves Buddha Bowls? Let’s try this! It has a lemon-hummus dressing and so many deliciously healthy ingredients to love in the spring. This post is sponsored by Pompeian. Thanks to Pompeian’s ongoing commitment to quality and innovation, home cooks can depend on Pompeian’s high quality olive oils and vinegars as a great-tasting base while exploring new flavors and ingredients, like those in today’s amazing Buddha Bowl recipe.

Who loves Cauliflower Rice? Who Love Buddha Bowls? Let's try this!

Cauliflower Rice? Buddha Bowl? I know. I know. Everything about today’s recipe title is potentially unfamiliar but excitingly new. Follow along while I tell you a bit about these kitchen trends that I really love.

Yesterday, I told you about cauliflower rice. What is it? Basically, it’s cauliflower in small crumbles that you cook and then use as a rice substitute. Why? Because it’s light and fluffy like rice but is better for you. As to the cauliflower crumbles, you can make them yourself using a box grater or food processor. Or, as is my preference, you can buy them in bags already crumbled in your produce department. They’re usually labeled either as cauliflower crumbles or as cauliflower rice. I’ve heard you can get them in the freezer section too but I haven’t spotted them at my store yet. I’ll keep you posted!

That explains that part. Today’s recipe has cauliflower rice in it, meaning that it has some tiny bits of softly cooked cauliflower that act quite a bit like rice.

The next part: What is a Buddha Bowl?

Well, you know what a Rice Bowl is, right? You find these at Tex Mex restaurants a lot. It’s a bowl with rice in it that is then topped with some kind of protein and some Tex Mex ingredients like beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, cilantro, corn, etc..

A Buddha Bowl is like a rice bowl but on a different plane of existence. A healthier plane of existence. Typically, Buddha bowls involve a grain other than white rice, so either brown rice or quinoa or farro. Then the toppings are lean proteins like legumes, egg whites, maybe some chicken breast. And lots of colorful leafy greens and other vegetables, maybe a bit of fruit or dried fruit. You finish it off with some crunch in the form of nuts and some dressing or other seasonings. I really love the breakdown of what goes into a Buddha bowl over here. The idea is that it’s a full meal with every healthy thing that you need, all in one bowl.

Buddha Bowls are particularly great for springtime, and summer months, because they hit so many of your nutritional needs without being heavy. They’re light and bright and fun, just like spring!

Now, that we’ve clarified what Cauliflower Rice is and what a Buddha Bowl is, let’s get onto the Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowl recipe.

As you might have guessed, this one doesn’t use a grain but has the cauliflower rice as its base. You cook up that cauliflower rice and then put it into deep serving bowls.

As to the rest of the ingredients, they were all chosen because of the dressing. The dressing uses hummus as a base. Yes, really. What you do is to whisk together hummus, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until it’s smooth.

It has tons of delicious flavor and is thick and creamy.

It’s important to choose the right olive oil here because you use quite a bit of it, equal parts hummus and olive oil. It’s best to go with something pretty mild in flavor so that it doesn’t overpower the hummus. I chose the Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Pompeian because of its delicate, fruity flavor. It’s the perfect choice for sauces and salad dressings like this one.

Because I was using this lemony hummus dressing, I chose the other ingredients for this Buddha bowl based on how awesome they taste with hummus and lemon. So, in addition to the cauliflower we have cucumbers, radishes, avocado, chickpeas, sunflower seeds and dill. You pile all that on there and then drizzle it with the dressing.

It’s so good. I’m really in love with the dressing and know I’ll be making it often.

The cauliflower rice and Buddha bowl today are both pretty trendy new things to be on the lookout for in magazines and all over Pinterest. For more tips on how to trend in the kitchen, including recipes, visit Instagram.com/Pompeian. To share your latest on-trend creations using Pompeian, tag your photos with #TrendingintheKitchen.

Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1/4 cup mild olive oil, such as Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin, divided
  • 16 oz. cauliflower rice (4-5 cups uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 (14 oz.) can low-sodium chick peas, drained
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
  • 8 radishes, sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill fronds

Directions:

  1. Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and heat.
  2. Add the cauliflower, stir, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the hummus, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth. This may take a minute.
  4. Divide cauliflower among 4 deep bowls.
  5. Top with chickpeas, avocado, cucumber and radishes.
  6. Divide hummus dressing among the bowls.
  7. Top with sunflower seeds and dill.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pompeian. All opinions are my own.