The Buddha Bowl has become a buzz word and has been popping up on menus all over but the term and style of preparing a meal has been around a lot longer than most of us knew.

A healthy vegan Buddha Bowl made by Green Heart Kitchen Kingsville with carrots, greens, cabbage, sweet potato, corn and dressing.

We connected with Dennis Rogers of Green Heart Kitchen to guide us through the origins and the inside scoop of how-to build a Buddha Bowl.

“The concept comes from ancient China and Buddha himself,” Rogers explained. “The story is that Buddha would walk through the village and people would fill his ‘bowl’ with whatever vegetables they had, so in that tradition, our Buddha Bowls will usually contain 3 to 5 different veggies.”

1. It’s all about the base

Quinoa, brown rice, a rice noodle… you have lots of options for your Buddha Bowl. It offers variety of taste and texture as well as catering to dietary needs, such as gluten free.

2. Bring on the veggies

We like to offer a mix of both fresh cold and warm of 4 to 6 of our favourite or seasonal veggies. Adding in some roasted vegetables means more texture and a richer flavour in your Buddha Bowl.

Don’t be intimidated about by roasted vegetables. A little drizzle of a healthy oil choice, salt and pepper is all you need to prep them.

Pelee Island Winery Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA Ontario rosé wine with Buddha Bowl salad made by Green Heart Kitchen at The Leslie Styles vacation rental house in Kingsville, Ontario.

Great choices for cold vegetables include pickled cabbage, corn and chopped kale.

3. It’s gotta feel good

Again we hit on texture.  The layering of flavours and textures is what gives a Buddha Bowl a satisfying mouth feel.

We like hemp hearts and roasted pepitas ( that’s the green seed inside the white of the pumpkin seed).

4. Protein power

One more way you get to unleash your creativity and engage your tastebuds with Buddha Bowls is through your choice of protein. Roasted chicken, steak or chick peas. Again, go back to what you have on hand.

(Photo credit: Carrie J Photographer at Main & Leslie – a vacation rental by The Leslie Style.

5. Dressed and ready to go

You can top of your Buddha Bowl with a tasty dressing. Our go-tos are a sweet and savoury sun butter with maple (you can use peanut butter too) or a creamy citrus dressing with tahini.

Voila, your Buddha Bowl is ready! Of course, if you find yourself hungry in Kingsville, you can stop by Green Heart for one of their ready to-go Buddha Bowls or order online.

Buddha Bowl Wine Pairing Suggestions

Vegan Bowl – Lola Sparkling Blush Rosé VQA

Spicy Bowl – Late Harvest Gewürztraminer Reserve VQA

Roast Beef or Chicken – Pelee Island Pinot Noir VQA


Green Heart Kitchen logo, Kingsville Ontario.

Green Heart Kitchen is operated by Green Heart Catering Services. Their team is based in (and from) Essex County and has a passion for food—real food! They care about where food comes from, how it is grown, and how it is made. It is home to The Green Heart Lunch Club which makes healthy lunches for Child Care Centres and Elementary Schools in Windsor and Essex County.

Their retail store, located on Main Street in Kingsville, is an eco-conscious store with local, thoughtfully sourced products. They offer Fresh & Frozen Meals, Green Heart Signature Bowls & Salads, Smoothies, and Green Heart goodies – all ready to take home in biodegradable or recyclable packaging. 

Pssttt… Don’t forget while you’re here to sign up for our Birthday Club and receive a $20 Gift Voucher for your Birthday!