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Grilled Summer Buddha Bowl Salad
If you want everything good about summer in one bowl, try this vegan Grilled Summer Buddha Bowl Salad topped with a Hemp Honey Mustard sauce!
- 1 cup farro (sub quinoa, buckwheat, etc.)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 nectarine, sliced
- 1 cup cherry heirloom tomatoes
- 1 small zuchinni
- 1 small summer squash
- 1/2 package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 4 heaping handfuls kale (sub swiss chard, spinach, or arugula)
- 1/2 can corn, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
Hemp Honey Mustard Dressing
- 3/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, depending on how sweet you like it
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
In a medium pot, bring your farro, water, and sea salt to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
Heat your grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat, about 375 F.
Meanwhile, press your tofu with a paper towel to remove excess water. Once the tofu is pressed, chop your nectarines, squash, and zucchini into 1/2" thick slices. Skewer your tofu, nectarines, squash, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Pour Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil over your skewers and season with salt and pepper. (Make sure the oil covers everything.)
Add your skewers to the grill and grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until there are nice char marks all around your skewers.
While your skewers are on the grill, blend together your Hemp Honey Mustard Ingredients in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
When your farro is done cooking, add it to a large bowl with your kale and toss it until the kale is slightly wilted. Then divide your farro and kale between four bowls.
Top each bowl with two skewers, avocado slices, and drizzle with Hemp Honey Mustard.
I was listening to a podcast called Invisibilia and they were talking about the three inventions that have changed the course of human history, the first being fire. It elevated us from animal and allowed us to eat cooked food, develop a palate, and changed the landscape of humanity. The second invention was the written language. At the time, people feared it would change human interaction forever and no one would ever communicate in the same way. That is ironic when you consider that the third invention is the internet, because I really do believe that it changed the way we communicate.
I started to think about this podcast when I was considering what to write this post about, and the idea of fire came to mind. And then it hit me – this post is literally the combination of all three of human’s greatest inventions. It is the culmination of our human history. (That sounds way more intense than I mean it to be.) I am here to talk to you, through written word, on the internet, about grilling over a fire. BOOM.
It’s amazing to me that grilling and writing are two activities that make me feel so incredibly human. When I am grilling, I can feel the sweat gliding down my face. I can watch as the flames kiss the vegetables and leaves charcoal scars. I feel the pulsating heat and I feel cautious not to burn myself. Grilling activates the body.
When I am writing, I can feel my mind working through my pen or keypad. I can physically see my thoughts in front of me, and I can give them life. With a few words I can make someone’s day, or conquer a to-do list. Writing connects my body with my mind.
But the internet, oh the internet, well that invention constantly makes me feel both incredibly human and incredibly disconnected. There are moments of technological marvel that bring me so much joy – connecting with strangers, learning about other’s lives, finding facts at a moment’s notice. But there is the dullness that comes with the internet, too. Things are not as they seem, people can hide behind anonymity, and my brain slows down with the constant scroll or swipe of my fingers. It is a paradox.
The internet is why I recently did a #30screenlessnights project , it’s why I sometimes feel utterly hopeless about dating in the modern world, but it is also why I have a job. It’s a place that makes my head spin and my heart ache. So I always find the need to step away again and come back to my humanity. Which brings me back to this bowl. And grilling. And fire.
The internet made up the term “buddha bowl” and it really means nothing except a bowl full of things that are good for you. And that’s what I have here. I made a Grilled Summer Buddha Bowl Salad as a way for us to return to ourselves, to connect us back to our humanity through fire, nourishing food, and our taste buds. It’s the drizzle of pure, unadulterated Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil that gives this bowl that richness of everything good about being a human – flavor (oh, and char marks!)
It’s a bowl that will leave you feeling deeply nourished and incredibly human. (As all food should.) Plus, it’s highly adaptable. If you don’t like kale, use swiss chard. Change out the veggies, use chicken, or make it with quinoa instead of farro. This bowl is yours. Make it as you please. Just promise me that you’ll put down your phone and remind yourself of what being human feels like while you eat it. xo.