Spring Buddha Bowl and Vegan Tempeh Recipe

  • Author: Claire Cary
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian


Easy, light, fresh, and packed with flavor, this tempeh buddha bowl is an easy Spring recipe!




  • 1 block of tempeh (8 ounces)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 cups chopped veggies of choice (I used carrots, cabbage, radish and arugula as a base)
  • Optional: bean or legume such as chickpeas 

Tempeh Sauce:

Orange Tahini Dressing: 


  1. Prepare the quinoa according to packed instructions.
  2. To prepare the tempeh, mince the garlic and add to a sauté pan with the toasted sesame oil
  3. Sauté for a few minutes or until the garlic is very fragrant. 
  4. In a small bowl combine the arrowroot powder and 3 tbsp of vegetable broth and mix until no clumps remain. Set aside. 
  5. To the sauté pan with the garlic, add in the tamari (gluten free soy sauce), maple syrup and whisk together. 
  6. Add in the arrowroot mixture and stir. 
  7. Cook on low heat for about a minute. 
  8. When bubbles start to form, add in the chopped tempeh and stir until it is well coated. 
  9. Cook on low heat until the sauce becomes thick and sticky (only about 5-10 minutes). 
  10. In the meantime, prep your veggies. I like to use a mandolin to slice them nice and thin. 
  11. Assemble your bowl by starting with a base of greens (I like arugula, spinach, or mixed greens in this case), add the quinoa, tempeh, and veggies. 
  12. Make the dressing by adding all ingredients into a small bowl and whisking together until nice and smooth. Drizzle over the bowl and enjoy!


The tempeh can be subbed for tofu. 

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