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Vegetarian Buddha Bowl with Roasted Broccoli + Creamy Tahini Dressing

Roasted Broccoli Barley Bowls have a flavor-packed tahini dressing. This buddha bowl has barley, broccoli + toasted walnuts for an amazing grain bowl combo.

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli Buddha bowl
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 660 kcal



  • 1 cup barley uncooked
  • salt

Roasted Broccoli

  • 4-5 small crowns broccoli trimmed (5-6 cups florets)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Creamy Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs tahini
  • 2 Tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1-2 Tbs water (adding 1 at a time to reach desired consistency - the sauce should be thin)


  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1.5 cups walnuts lightly toasted
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese optional
  • sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds


  1. Cook barley or other grain of choice according to package instructions. Add a pinch of salt to the cooking water. Barley takes roughly 45 minutes to cook to a tender chewiness.

    While the barley is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet - approximately 5 min @ 400F. Set aside.

  3. Trim, wash and dry broccoli pieces. Toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast @ 400F for 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

  4. When there is about 5 minutes of the roasting time remaining for the broccoli, toss it with 2-3 Tbs of the Creamy Tahini Dressing.

Creamy Tahini Dressing

  1. Place all sauce ingredients, except water, in a blender and mix until emulsified. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time, to thin sauce.

    The dressing will be fairly potent by itself, but is perfect when added to the broccoli bowls.

  2. When the barley is done, build your bowls, toss with dressing and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Buddha Bowl with Roasted Broccoli + Creamy Tahini Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 660
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.