I LOVE a wholesome super greens + grains bowl from CAVA. So many nutrients and colorful ingredients packed into one dish. It became a go-to meal when I first started adding more plant-based options to my diet (I always choose falafel as my protein). It took me until a few months ago to discover that I could easily recreate the same great-tasting bowl at home!
The first time that I recreated the bowl, I made almost everything from scratch. It was time-consuming but VERY delicious. Other times I opted to shortcut some steps with store-bought alternatives and the result was just as yummy. Consider this post a “choose your own adventure” recipe. I’ll provide options for both the homemade route and some delicious shortcuts. The choice is yours!
Choose Your Own Adventure Ingredients:
I love the cruciferous crunch blend from Trader Joe’s, but use whichever greens that you prefer!
White or Brown Rice
Make your own using this Pinch of Yum recipe -OR- buy premade falafel–I recommend the frozen ones from Trader Joe’s!
Use my Hummus with a Kick recipe -OR- buy premade hummus–I recommend the Dill Pickle Hummus from Trader Joe’s!
Make your own using this Frugal Hausfrau recipe -OR- buy premade Zhoug sauce–I recommend the Zhoug Sauce from, you guessed it, Trader Joe’s.
Slice some cherry tomatoes or dice whichever tomatoes you prefer.
I EXCLUSIVELY use Sarah’s pickled onions recipe from the Cutting Veg. So easy and customizable. Add some ghost pepper flakes or chopped jalapenos for a little heat.
Roasted Garlic Sauce
The roasted garlic sauce drizzle is probably the most important step. I use this Hellmann’s sauce, but you can always try to create your own!
to garnish and squeeze for a twist
That’s it! I usually layer the bowl in the order listed above, take a photo, then mix it all up to enjoy (gotta distribute the flavor!). For another nourishing bowl recipe, check out my Sunday Brunch Bowl!