This Hummus Bowl is the ultimate healthy lunch or dinner! Packed with fluffy quinoa, chickpeas, fresh veggies, and hummus, this quick and easy dish is perfect for enjoying any day of the week.
Have 10 minutes for meal prep? This Hummus Grain Bowl is the answer! It's couldn't be easier to make with your favorite store-bought or homemade hummus, veggies, beans, and quinoa. Hearty, nutritious, and fast.
Not only is this grain bowl recipe beyond delicious, but it's super easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes. All you have to do is chop up some veggies, rinse your chickpeas, and arrange your colorful bowl to perfection.
Lately, I've been loving power grain bowls for a satisfying healthy lunch option. Just take a look at this Mediterranean Bowl, Thai Bowl, and Chicken Taco Bowl. So, coming up with this Hummus Grain Bowl was really a no-brainer.
Made with quinoa, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, red pepper, onion, olives, and hummus, these grain bowls are full of fresh vegetables and good-for-you ingredients.
One of their greatest features is how versatile they are. Don't like olives? Swap them for roasted red peppers. Not an arugula fan? Use spinach or kale. Love cheese? Sprinkle on some feta or goat cheese. Add some chicken, tuna, or tofu. You get the idea!
Why You'll Love Hummus Bowls
- Versatile: These hummus bowls can be made with any combination of hummus, vegetables, and grains! They are great for cleaning out the fridge and using up produce and grains.
- Meal Prep Friendly: These bowls are great for meal prep and keep well in the fridge as long as you pack the ingredients separately.
- 10 Minute Meal: Depending on how quickly you chop, this is a true 10-minute meal if you have ready-made hummus and precooked or frozen quinoa.
To make these hearty hummus bowls, you will need the following key ingredients:
- Quinoa: This nutrient-dense superfood makes the perfect base for our grain bowl. Any variety will work and you could also use rice, cauliflower rice, or just use greens.
- Arugula: Not an arugula fan? No worries! Feel free to use baby spinach, butter lettuce, Romaine, or kale for your greens.
- Hummus: This chickpea-based spread is the star of the show and adds a ton of amazing flavor to this dish, not to mention loads of fiber and protein. use any flavor of hummus you like!
- Veggies: This is where things get fun (and colorful)! I like to use red onions, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumbers, and olives. Any cooked or raw veggies will work. It is really delicious with leftover roasted vegetables.
- Chickpeas: These are the key protein sources of this dish. Because they're so mild in flavor, they pair really well with all of our other ingredients. Roast them for even more flavor. Swap in any beans or protein, this recipe has a double dose of chickpeas.
- Toppings: Add olives, feta cheese, sliced pickles, roasted red peppers, artichokes, marinated mushrooms, or any other toppings you like. This is definitely a build-your-own situation.
- Olive oil: I like to add just a drizzle of olive oil on top. It doesn't need much in terms of sauce or dressing with the hummus, but add anything you like. Find more ideas below.
Hummus Bowl Variations
When it comes to grain bowls, the options for customization are nearly endless. This Hummus Grain Bowl is really great for customizing to suit your flavor preferences, dietary needs, and the current status of your fridge.
Any basic grain bowl is made up of a grain, protein source, veggies, and some kind of sauce. In this case, that sauce is hummus. In other bowls, it could be a flavorful dressing.
To help get you started on your journey to grain bowl perfection, here are some of my favorite ways to dress up your grain bowls:
- Hummus: The obvious way to switch up these bowls is with different kinds of hummus. Try it with red pepper hummus, garlic hummus, white bean hummus, avocado hummus, or any other variety you enjoy.
- Protein. To make your bowl extra satisfying, try topping them off with your favorite lean protein source. Some of my top choices include grilled chicken breast, shrimp, salmon, and tofu.
- Greens. Not an arugula fan? Not to worry! I also love making these grain bowls with baby spinach, kale, or mixed greens. If you love a good crunch, try using shredded Brussels sprouts.
- Grains. If you want to use something other than quinoa, try lentils, brown rice, or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
- Veggies. Hummus bowls are perfect for swapping in all different vegetables. Some of my favorites not mentioned in this recipe include snap peas, carrots, radishes, cabbage, asparagus, and broccoli. We also love adding pickles, sauerkraut, or pickled red onions.
- Healthy fats. Foods like avocado, nuts, eggs, and seeds are fantastic for adding some heart-healthy fats to your bowl. We also love adding yogurt or tzaztiki.
- Cheese. Who doesn't love cheese? Some of my top choices for grain bowls include feta cheese, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese.
- Bread. If you prefer your bowl with a side of delicious carbs, try pairing it with some pita bread or toasted sourdough.
- Sauce ideas: Even though this bowl has hummus, it's delicious with another sauce as well. Try it with chili crunch or chipotle sauce for some spice. Add a simple balsamic vinaigrette or ranch on the greens or veggies. Take things in a Tex-Mex direction with some pico de gallo, black beans, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Hummus Grain Bowl Storage Tips
I always like to make a big batch of quinoa early in the week and use it later on for quick and easy grain bowls like this one. That being said, these bowls are seriously perfect for meal prepping. It's super easy to add your veggies, greens, and (optional) protein to your quinoa for a quick and satisfying lunch option.
To store your bowls, it's easy to serve everything separately so you can swap out the ingredients throughout the week. Cooked quinoa will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Or, you can freeze it for up to 2-3 months. The chopped veggies will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
You can also store your ingredients together by storing them in jars. If you go this route, you will want to store the hummus at the bottom. Follow this up with hard foods like olives and chickpeas, then your soft veggies, and finish with your leafy greens. These grain bowl jars will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:
Are hummus bowls healthy?
Yes! These bowls are loaded with plant-based protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Made with nothing but wholesome ingredients, this recipe makes the perfect healthy lunch or dinner.
Can I use a different kind of hummus?
Absolutely! While this recipe calls for plain hummus, feel free to use your favorite flavor. Some of my favorite types of hummus to use include roasted red pepper and olive tapenade hummus. These are both delicious and pair well with the other ingredients!
Can I cook my vegetables?
Of course. If you prefer roasted veggies to raw, then go right ahead. One of the great things about these Hummus Grain Bowls is how versatile they are. These bowls would taste great with roasted brussels sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, and/or sweet potatoes.
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- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 4 cups arugula (or other green)
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
- 2 cups Persian cucumbers, chopped
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup olives (pitted)
- 1 cup hummus
- 2 tbsp olive oil
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To make homemade hummus: Add the tahini, lemon juice, and garlic to a good processor. Process for about 1 minute until the mixture is slightly fluffy and appears whipped. Add the chickpeas, salt, and cumin to the food processor. Begin to process, scraping down the mixture as needed. As the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil. Check the texture and then add ice water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste and season with salt as needed Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika or fresh parsley.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
Homemade hummus ingredients: Juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 cup tahini, 1 garlic clove (small), 15 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed well (or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas), 1/2 tsp kosher salt (more to taste), 1/2 tsp cumin, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2-4 tbsp ice cold water (more if needed to get a smooth consistency)
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