Vegetarian Rainbow Quinoa Bowl

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August 25, 2017

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Vegetarian recipes have been a popular request from our SWEAT community, so we hope you love this one! This Vegetarian Rainbow Quinoa Bowl is so easy to make, and easy to customise. We’ve also included recipes for two different dressings, so you can take your pick. If you like this style of food, make sure you try Kelsey's vegetarian green protein bowl

Vegetarian Rainbow Quinoa Bowl

Serves: 1


  • 30g quinoa

  • 75g tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 100g red cabbage, shredded

  • 30g fresh peas

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned

  • 1 small beet, peeled and julienned

  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced

  • ½ medium cucumber, sliced

  •  1 medium tomato, quartered

  • ½ medium avocado, pitted and sliced

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Place the quinoa and 160 ml of water in a saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Drain off any excess liquid. 

  2. To serve, place the quinoa in a serving bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds before serving. 

Not a fan of beetroot or onion? Simply swap those veggies out for any other vegetable you like! Sweet potato, corn or broccoli are just a few of the other veggies you could use. You can also check out this plant-based falafel bowl if you want a colourful and satisfying lunch idea that is vegetarian-friendly. 

These bowls are fantastic for lunch or dinner! Simply choose your favourite dressing to go on top: tangy or creamy!

Quinoa Bowl Dressing

Lemon and herb dressing

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ⅓ cup olive oil

  • 1 small clove of garlic, crushed

  • ¼ cup parsley leaves

  • Sea salt, to taste

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 


  • ½ cup tahini

  • ¼ tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

  • 80 ml warm water. 

  1. Add tahini, sea salt and garlic to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. 

  2. While continuing to whisk, add the water a little at a time until the dressing reaches a creamy consistency. 

  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning as required. 

This dressing can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to one week. 

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Make this delicious Quinoa Bowl for lunch or dinner!

These quinoa bowls are an easy way to fit lots of flavour and nutrients in one meal. They are super quick to make and you can play around with the ingredients as much as you like! 

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