Recipe: Green Goddess Lunch Bowl

Green Goddess Lunch Bowl 2

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganPeople seem to think that all vegetarians love salad.  Not me.  The word “salad” conjures up images of a bowl of limp lettuce and dried out cucumber slices slathered in oily dressing, with not a chocolate teapot’s chance of staving off hunger until dinnertime.

So this isn’t a salad, but a “lunch bowl” – something filling and delicious to take to work in a tupperware, or ‘fork food’ for your patio or balcony on a sunny weekend. It is an easy and speedy assembly-job, as let’s face it, no one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen whilst the sun is shining.

Packed with protein from quinoa, peanuts and avocado, and full of vitamins from spinach, rocket and cucumber, even my husband declared that he felt like a ‘green goddess’ after lunch.

The base of the salad is a microwaveable cheat-pouch of brown basmati rice and quinoa.  This isn’t a sponsored post, I just can’t get enough of these speedy pouches, particularly for throw-together lunches like this when putting the kettle on and boiling quinoa in a saucepan for 20 minutes just feels like too much of a faff.  I also unashamedly use a supermarket ready-made french dressing just to save time, but of course it would be great to make your own with a few tablespoons of olive oil and juice of half a lemon.


Green Goddess Salad

4 from 1 vote
Green Goddess Lunch Bowl 2
Green Goddess Lunch Bowl
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
Course: Lunch
Author: Kate Ford | The Veg Space
  • 250 g microwaveable pouch Brown Basmati & Quinoa
  • 2 spring onions
  • handful fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp ready-made french dressing
  • 1/3 of a cucumber
  • handful baby spinach
  • handful rocket
  • 1 avocado
  • handful dry roasted peanuts crushed or roughly chopped
  1. Microwave the rice and quinoa pouch according to packet instructions, then tip into a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. Trim and finely chop the spring onions, and finely chop the parsley and add both to the rice. Use a potato peeler to 'shave' long strips of cucumber straight into the bowl, then add the spinach and rocket. Peel and remove the stone from the avocado, then chop it into large chunks and add to the bowl. Pour over the salad dressing, then try a forkful - you may want to add a little more to suit your taste.
  3. Divide between two bowls and top with the peanuts.

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I’ve entered this recipe into the Credit Crunch Munch challenge run by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All.

I’ve also entered this recipe into the Eat Your Greens challenge on the lovely veggie blog Allotment 2 Kitchen.

Also entered in the Simple and in Season challenge at Ren Behan‘s beautiful blog.

Green Goddess Rice Bowl | The Veg SpaceIf you like this recipe, why not take a look at my Pinterest Board Gorgeous Grains: Vegetarian & Vegan:
Follow Kate Ford | The Veg Space’s board Gorgeous Grains – Quinoa, Bulgur, Barley etc: Vegetarian and Vegan on Pinterest.


  1. Oh this looks so good. I have some of that microwavable rice and quinoa, will definitely be making this.

    1. Thanks Janice – hope you like it! x

  2. Absolutely love the look of this! I’m a big fan of those grain sachets as well, they’re so handy. This looks much heartier than a bowl of limp lettuce 😉

    1. Thanks Becca – yes they’re so handy aren’t they Must admit I don’t cook my own rice/grains much any more, especially when they are on offer for £1 in the supermarkets!

  3. I love rice, and I’m always looking for things to do with it, particularly if it’s healthy. Will look forward to trying this! x

    1. Thanks Lisa, yes this is super-healthy but the rice really fills you up.

  4. Sounds gorgeous and looks so fresh 😀

    1. Thanks Nadia! x

  5. I definitely need to give rice & quinoa poach a try! Had no idea you could make an incredible lunch out of it like yours, well done! Thanks for sharing my stuffed zucchini with couscous salad 🙂

  6. Love the title and the look of this – green goddess, what’s not to love? Especially as it has avocado in it – I’m pretty much guaranteed to love anything with avocado – quinoa too come to that. Thanks for sharing my quinoa bowl too.

    AND I know exactly what you mean about “salad” I conjure up the same image when the word is mentioned too.

  7. Yep, this is my kind of salad, a lot more filling! I love throwing nuts into salads aswell. I’ve never tried mixing quinoa with rice, but will have a bash at this now 🙂

  8. Just my kind of salad, love the rice and quinoa combination:-) Thanks for entering #CreditCrunchMunch:-)

    1. Thanks Camilla x

  9. Kate, sorry for not coming by earlier, but here I am not. So loving this, so full of green goodness of all flavours, butteryness from the avocado, kick from the spring onions and rocket and crunch from the cucumber. Yum. Thanks so much for sharing with #EatYourGreens, the round up will tomorrow, hope you will join in again.

    1. Thanks Shaheen, that’s great! x

  10. I love those pouches of ready cooked grains and lentils, so so useful and adaptable, Thanks for sharing with #creditcrunchmunch

  11. Please excuse my ignorance but is this gluten free?

    1. Hi Sallyann, yes it is all gluten-free… enjoy! x

  12. I can’t wait to try this, but was wondering if you could please elaborate on French dressing. Do you mean French vinagrette with lemon and Dijon? Bottled French dressing in America is a bright orange corn syrup concoction. Thanks!

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