Mediterranean grain bowls can be super healthy. And as you may already know, they just so happen to be really delicious to boot.
Mediterranean grains can include bulgar, couscous, oats, quinoa, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, farro, millet, freekeh, spelt, and rye. So there are plenty of grains there to work with.
You can fill them with not only healthy ancient grains but also superfoods such as leafy greens, berries, crisp vegetables, and even throw in some nuts, and tofu pieces.
And to take those Mediterranean flavors further, you can also throw in the likes of tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, olives, crumbled feta cheese and more.
And now, we’re going to share with you a hand-picked shortlist of our favorite Mediterranean grain bowl recipes on the net. Please scroll through and see if anything takes your fancy!
Couscous is a popular Mediterranean staple, and in this colorful salad dish, it’s combined with a pretty rainbow of vegetables.
It features the likes of flavorful olives, cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, chickpeas for fiber and protein, crumbled feta cheese for contrast, fresh cucumber and diced bell pepper for crunch.
This is all dressed in a simple yet delicious lemon flavored vinaigrette, featuring runny honey, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and zest, herbs and more.
When most of us Americans think of Mediterranean grain bowls, we typically think of the tasty offering from our local Mediterranean restaurant, and if you ask me, this copycat recipe tastes just as good as the real thing.
Unlike the refreshing salad recipe I just showed you, this dish is served warm, and is the perfect grain bowl recipe to warm you on a cold day.
It’s loaded with healthy and flavorful ingredients, such as kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, hummus, feta cheese, a tahini dressing, and thick Greek yogurt.
There are also leafy greens, and two varieties of grains, namely brown rice and quinoa.
They’re all served with healthy, skinless, grilled white meat, in a delicious marinade.
This Mediterranean quinoa bowl recipe is 100% vegan, which means that it’s entirely plant-based and has no dairy products.
What makes this particular recipe stand out for me is the roasted slices of eggplant, which produce a nice, soft texture.
It also features crunchy chickpeas, to make it a high-protein meal that keeps you feeling fuller for longer. And that’s alongside leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, hummus, kalamata olives, and herbs.
Oatmeal is also a whole-grain food, and this Mediterranean-style oatmeal recipe is one of the healthiest versions you will find on the net.
Oatmeal is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals, and the recipe we’re linking to here will show you 3 different variations of healthy Mediterranean oatmeal recipes that make for a perfect breakfast dish.
There’s one with blueberries, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon, one with banana, peanut butter, flax seed, and vanilla, and finally, one with apple, cranberries, cinnamon, and vanilla. They’re all delicious.
This is such a quick and easy recipe – it’s ready to eat in less than half an hour.
You can use barley or an alternative whole grain. And there are healthy veggies, including cauliflower and red pepper, alongside your choice of leafy greens.
And it has the most wonderful dressing made with the likes of hummus, tahini, lemon, minced garlic, maple syrup, and a little water.
For those of you who don’t already know, farro is a whole-grain wheat with a chewy texture and nutty flavor. It is usually sold pearled and treated similarly to rice.
This Mediterranean farro bowl also features skinless chicken breasts, cherry tomatoes, olives, red onion, minced garlic, cucumber, lemon juice and zest, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh herbs.
There’s also a recipe to make your own homemade flavorful tzatziki sauce to go with it!
The great thing about this Mediterranean grain bowl recipe is that you can get the component parts ready ahead of time, which means that when you’re ready to put it together, you can do so in as little as half an hour. Perfect for a busy weeknight.
It features chicken, marinated in oil, vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, and salt.
And in addition to the farro, there are also plenty of healthy veggies, including cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, optional bell pepper, and pickled onions.
And this all gets served together with hummus and tzatziki.
How about a Mediterranean rice bowl with added healthy omega-3?
This Mediterranean brown rice bowl features yummy tuna filets, which are not only rich in omega-3 but also vitamins A. B6, B12, iron, zinc, magnesium, and more.
There are also plenty of chickpeas as well for an even bigger hit of protein. And it also features cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shallots, and a homemade Greek Ladolemono dressing.
If you’re a meat eater, you will surely enjoy this recipe.
You make your own Greek meatballs, with some ground turkey or chicken, diced red onion, breadcrumbs, minced garlic cloves, ground cumin, and more.
Also in the power bowl are leafy greens, quinoa, pickled red onions, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, and cubes of feta cheese.
You also get to make your own homemade tzatziki sauce, which pairs perfectly with the meatballs.
This Mediterranean rice bowl is absolutely packed with delicious and healthy ingredients.
There are your more typical ingredients such as leafy greens, quinoa, pickled red onions, cherry tomatoes, hummus, diced cucumber, chickpeas, and crumbled feta cheese.
But then there are also blueberries, sliced almonds, avocado, cauliflower, sweet potato, and even spices.
You can choose your own chicken recipe to go with it, and you can make a delicious cilantro yogurt sauce to go with it.
At first glance, this might look like just another Mediterranean quinoa bowl recipe, however, there’s also a recipe provided to make the most amazing hummus to go with it.
For the hummus, all you need are chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic cloves, salt, and ice cubes, and you simply blend them together in a food processor.
It’s ready to eat in as little as 15 minutes, and it comes in at just 324 calories per serving.
This Mediterranean power bowl recipe is really something else. It has a wonderfully creamy and healthy avocado, crunchy protein-packed chickpeas, and the most amazing smoky red pepper sauce to go with it.
The red pepper sauce is surprisingly easy to make, all you need is a blender, roasted red pepper, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, and a pinch of salt.
And you can have 4 servings ready to eat in as little as half an hour.
If you’re a fan of falafel, then this is the recipe for you – it has all those wonderful flavors in one easy and healthy one-bowl meal.
It features quinoa, diced cucumber, halved grape tomatoes, pitted kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese.
But this all gets topped with a green tahini sauce and marinated chickpeas that are just to die for.
This has to be the most fiber-full and protein-packed Mediterranean grain bowl that we’ve come across.
It features brown lentils, chickpeas, farro, zucchini squash, cherry tomatoes, shallots, avocados, pitted kalamata olives, and a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese.
And it also features an amazing dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic cloves, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste, and spices za’atar spice, and ground sumac.
What’s more, it’s ready to eat in as little as 20 minutes.
Last but not least is this recipe. It features cracked green wheat freekeh, roasted tomatoes, red onion, garlic cloves, toasted almonds, chopped walnuts, baby spinach leaves, and chopped fresh herbs.
Moreover, there’s also a really nice dressing to go with it made with the likes of olive oil, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, and zest.
Better yet, this recipe shows you how you can make another yummy recipe, using some of the mixtures from this one – you can make Chicken, freekeh, Swiss chard, and lemon soup
I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through our shortlist of the best, most delicious Mediterranean grain bowl recipes on the net.
But more so, I hope that you’ve managed to pick out one or two that you’ve decided to try out. Bon appétit!