This easy hummus bowl is made with rich and creamy hummus and tender quinoa, cool and refreshing Mediterranean veggies, crispy chickpeas, creamy feta cheese, and simple citrus and olive oil dressing. This lunch bowl is an excellent option for lunch or dinner and takes no time to throw together!
Next up are these beautiful, insanely flavorful hummus bowls. This combination of wholesome, nourishing ingredients makes a satisfying high protein and fiber-packed meal full of Mediterranean flavor.
The best part? When it comes to customizations, anything goes!
Use this hummus bowl recipe as a guide and build a personalized plant-based combination of delicious whole grains, veggies, and mix-ins. That said, let’s discuss how I build these easy hummus bowls.
Ingredients You’ll Need (What’s in a Hummus Bowl?)
- Hummus: Showcase your favorite store-bought hummus or make your own hummus from scratch. All you need are canned chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, a pinch of salt, and a food processor. Follow this easy hummus recipe to make smooth, creamy, and delicious hummus in 5 minutes or less.
- Quinoa: A serving of fluffy, cooked quinoa has nearly twice the plant protein as rice and is a better source of fiber. You can make it a few days in advance.
- Leafy greens: Any crisp, leafy green like baby spinach, arugula, and chopped romaine lettuce.
- Red onion: Thin slices of fresh red onion. Try pickled or marinated red onions for a milder, crisp onion flavor!
- Tomatoes: I used cherry tomatoes, but you can use any variety of sweet, ripened tomatoes (Roma, plum, grape, etc.).
- Cucumber: If possible, use seedless English or Persian cucumbers. If using a common cucumber, scoop out the seeds and watery centers before slicing.
- Black olives: Salty olives heighten these delicious bowls’ bright, fresh flavors. Kalamata olives are perfect but feel free to use a medley.
- Roasted chickpeas: Another layer of garbanzo beans for an irresistible crunch to compliment the soft hummus and quinoa.
- Feta: Feta is a creamy, tangy, and pleasantly salty Greek cheese. Feel free to use crumbled vegan feta here.
- Fresh parsley: Parsley itself has a mild, earthy flavor. You can use other fresh herbs like oregano, dill, and basil.
- Pita bread: A great way to finish Mediterranean bowls!
- Dressing: Only five ingredients (extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, salt, and black pepper), but it’s packed with flavor.
How To Make
- Prepare the homemade hummus: If making your hummus from scratch, prepare it according to this recipe.
- Prepare the dressing: In a jar or small glass bowl, mix extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and salt until well combined.
- Assemble the quinoa hummus bowls: Add a serving of quinoa and fresh green to four shallow bowls. Then, top with a dollop of hummus, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, and feta cheese.
- Garnish, dress, and serve: Garnish each quinoa hummus bowl with fresh parsley and finish with a drizzle of olive oil dressing. Serve with warm pita bread, and enjoy!
Variations, Swaps, and Substitutions
Try these fun flavor ideas!
- Flavored hummus: If you’re using store-bought, feel free to get creative with the flavor. Try with roasted red pepper hummer, roasted garlic hummer, etc.
- Whole grains: Not a fan of quinoa? You can use any whole grain as the base of these bowls. For example, try brown rice, farro, or whole-grain couscous. You can also serve the hummus and toppings over fluffy cauliflower rice for a grain-free version.
- Vegetables: Pile in more crisp, fresh vegetables like sliced bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and shredded cabbage. Roasted cauliflower and marinated veggies also pair with these bowls.
- Proteins: The quinoa provides plenty of protein, but feel free to add more with a different protein like lentil, beans, or tofu, or if you are not on a plant-based diet, try with chopped hard-boiled egg, roasted chicken, or cooked shrimp.
- Wraps: Swap the bowl for a burrito-size wrap and bundle the ingredients up into a handheld hummus wrap.
Can You Make These Bowls Ahead of Time?
You should assemble the bowls immediately before serving. Otherwise, the fresh veggies will quickly lose their crunch. You can, however, make the hummus, roasted chickpeas, and quinoa a few days in advance and keep them both in the fridge.
Why I Love This Hummus Bowl
- These bowls are EASY. I can make a nutritious and delicious healthy meal for lunch or dinner in minutes.
- With so many swaps and substitutions to choose from, I can personalize my hummus bowl differently each time.
- The perfect combination of flavors and textures is absolutely delicious.
- It can be made vegan with no feta or a block of vegan feta cheese.
More Healthy Lunch Recipes
- Mediterranean Lunch Box
- Mediterranean Quinoa
- Curry Bento Box
- Vegetarian Bento Box
- Vegan Bento Box
- Chickpea Buddha Bowl
And check these ideas for more healthy lunch box recipes.
If you try this hummus bowl recipe, please leave a comment and a rating and let me know how much you liked it!
Easy Hummus Bowl
For the bowls
- 1 cup hummus
- 2 cups quinoa - cooked
- 3 cups baby greens - or baby spinach, or chopped lettuce
- ½ red onion - sliced
- 20-30 cherry tomatoes - sliced
- 1 cucumber - sliced
- ½ cup black olives - pitted
- ½ cup roasted chickpeas
- 4 tablespoons feta - crumbled (use vegan feta for a vegan alternative)
- Fresh parsley
- 2 pita bread
- If making homemade hummus, prepare it according to this recipe.
- Prepare the dressing: in a jar or a small bowl, mix the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper until well combined.
- Place the cooked quinoa and greens into the bowl.
- Top with the hummus, roasted chickpeas, sliced cherry tomatoes, cucumber, onions, olives, and feta cheese.
- Top with some fresh parsley, drizzle with the dressing and serve with warm pita bread.
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